Picture Books

  • A Chat With Renowned Children’s Author Laura Numeroff

    New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff talks about the creation of her beloved picture book series that began with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, as well as her other children’s book series, and supporting causes she loves with her writing. 
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  • Michael Sampson, NYT Best-Selling Author & Collaborator with Bill Martin Jr.

    New York Times best-selling author Michael Sampson talks about writing for children and his longtime collaboration with the late Bill Martin Jr. 
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  • Kidlit Social #73: Wildlife Author Laurel Neme on Building a Writing Career Around Your Passions

    Meet wildlife author and journalist Laurel Neme, author of ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS: How the World’s First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species, which has been featured on ABC News Nightline and NPR’s Science Friday.

    She was just nominated (by National Geographic) for a Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting, together with her colleague, Jeff Barbee, for their series of articles on oil drilling in the Okavango. Laura and Laurel chat about how to use your passions to establish yourself as a specialist/expert in magazine and book publications (and build a career around those passions) and Laurel’s research techniques.

     
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  • Kidlit Social #72: How Lesléa Newman Changed the World – And What Comes Next

    Meet Lesléa Newman, author of dozens of children’s books that have made a major impact on our culture. In 1989, Lesléa published her first picture book, Heather Has Two Mommies. It’s a work that has deeply inspired parents and children, LGBTQ and otherwise, and has been a lightning rod for censorship and book bannings. Since then, Lesléa has built an award-winning career filled with beautifully written and meaningful books that give life to her motto: Changing the World One Book at a Time.

     
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  • CBI Interview: Picture Book Author Johnny Ray Moore

    Author Johnny Ray Moore is a dual threat in kidlit: he can write in verse and in prose. The author of six published picture books, Moore’s newest book is a diverse, heartfelt lyrical celebration of winter, spring, summer and fall along with the joys of fatherhood in the aptly titled Seasonal Adventures (Reycraft, June 2021), illustrations by Cbabi Bayoc. The book was hailed by Kirkus as “a pure ode to nature and sincere Black boy joy.” 
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  • Kidlit Social #68: Writing Graphic Novels for Beginning Readers

    In this edition, meet authors Lola M. Schaefer and Jill Esbaum. Lola and Jill are both part of Simon & Schuster’s breakthrough Ready to Read Graphics series, which introduces young readers to the graphic novel concept.

    This is an important trend, and one you should definitely be aware of. Lola and Jill l also share their thoughts on the Easy Reader market and give some great tips.

     
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  • Kidlit Social #67: Henry Herz on Writing Stories That Surprise Readers – and Editors

    Henry Herz’s ten picture books have earned acclaim for their surprising, unconventional spins on storytelling. On this episode of the Social, Henry shares his advice for taking fresh approaches to kidlit that can set your writing apart. He also delves into the world of short story writing for children and adults, an area in which he’s been particularly successful.

     
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  • Kidlit Social #64: Picture Book Author Nadia Salomon on Getting Published & Promoting Your Work

    In this episode, meet Nadia Salomon, author of the wonderful, recently released Goodnight Ganesha (Philomel, 2021, ill. by Poonam Mistry).

    Nadia joins us to discuss the steps she took to get her debut picture book published, and what she’s done since the release date to assure its success. Expect lots of great tips you can start applying right now to help aid your own publishing journey!

     
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  • Kidlit Social #63: Writing Books w/ STEM Tie-Ins & Crafting Realistic Animals

    Meet illustrator, explorer and children’s book author Katy Tanis. Katy’s work bursts with color, and a true love for every creature on land, in air and under sea. In this episode of The Social, Katy talks about her writing/illustration process, and gives her advice for aspiring illustrators. She also touches on the necessity for authors and illustrators to do their research and accurately reflect the behaviors of animals in children’s book texts (fiction and nonfiction) and illustrations, as well as the environment.

    Katy gives some examples of how to do that research, and why this accuracy is important since so many publishers are looking for books with STEM tie-ins (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

     
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  • Kidlit Social #62: Our First Live Editing Session!

    It’s our first ever live editing session! We chose seven works in progress from CBI subscribers (both fiction and nonfiction) and we invited award-winning author and editing wizard Bonnie Johnston (instructor for Manuscript Magic and author of The 30 Day Novel Workbook, The 30 Day Romance Novel Workbook, and The Writer’s Guide to Getting Organized) to edit each submission live and in real time!

    This is a tremendous opportunity to really understand the “inner game” of editing, and pick up some valuable tips for editing your own work.

     
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