It had been about a year since my debut picture book, Counting to Bananas (Flamingo Books, April 2022, illustrated by Estrela Lourenço) had been acquired. My editor, Cheryl Eissing, emailed to say her team was exploring the idea of Banana possibly carrying a picture book series. Was I interested? I had never thought about writing a sequel and, as a debut author, never imagined I would be asked to. But was I interested? Seriously? Of course I was bananas about it!
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A Conversation with Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Author of TORCH: a YA Novel about Czechoslovakia, Resistance, and Hope
Lyn Miller-Lachmann’s YA novel Torch brings 1969 Czechoslovakia to life, a time when the country is living under Soviet tyranny. The novel has won major book awards, most recently, Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.
Following the Tracks of a Story Idea
Finding a tale or a topic that intrigues me is only the first step. Sometimes it takes years from my original inspiration to the final product.
HOW AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS INSPIRE EACH OTHER WITHOUT EVER TALKING!
Guest Post by Rebecca Gardyn Levington When I first started writing picture books, I was FLABBERGASTED to learn that authors don’t choose the illustrators of
It Only Took a Mere Two Decades to Become an Overnight Success
Here we are on the Eve of Christmas Eve and the 6th night of Hanukkah. Our menorah candles are burning bright. The Christmas lights twinkle. Cookies are cooling. And latkes sizzle in the pan. I love it when both holidays overlap as they do in my book, Latkes for Santa Claus.
Keeping a Series Fresh with Kid-Friendly Conflicts and Changing Genres
Josh Funk shares tips and anecdotes about keeping the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series fresh with relatable conflicts and swapping genres in each subsequent release.
Self-Publishing a Picture Book: A Primer From the Author of THE DAY MY BEST FRIEND AND A MIGRAINE SLEPT OVER
THE DAY MY BEST FRIEND AND A MIGRAINE SLEPT OVER published on October 11, and I’m back to share some practical details about the self-publishing process. Hope they’re helpful!
SELF-PUBLISHING: A CHANGING LANDSCAPE
Guest Post by Audrey Beth Stein There’s been an explosion of self-published books in recent years. Including self-published picture books. Technology has evolved to make
Our Approach to Telling Eva Kor’s True Holocaust Story to Kids
Twin Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor and author Danica Davidson worked closely during the last year of Eva’s life to get her story down in book form for children.
OCEANS OF LOVE for Illustrators
Author Janet Lawler is always surprised by illustrations for her books, but she is grateful that artists add to her stories and create picture book magic.
Books in the Homeschool: A Quick Guide for Children’s Authors
With the popularity of homeschooling continuing to rise you may wonder, as a children’s author, how to reach this ever-expanding market.
The Twists and Turns of Publishing with an Overseas Press
Guest Post by Susan Lendroth, author of Piper and Purpa Forever! This year’s Super Tues(2)day – 2/22/22 – was indeed a super day for me