This week, meet Kirsten W. Larson, author of over 25 kidlit nonfiction titles. Her picture book biography Wood, Wire and Wings was just named a 2021 Best STEM Book by the National Science Teaching Association.


Kirsten shares her thoughts on writing compelling nonfiction picture books, incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into picture books, and discuss her success writing for the school and library market. STEM and the school/library market continue to provide tremendous opportunities for kidlit writers – so you’ll want to hear what Kirsten has to say.


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    1. Laura and Jon . . . you have faithfully given publishing news and shared writing tips for many years. I just want to thank you and tell you I recommend cbi to all my writing students and to people I meet in my editing business (Writing Unlimited). I have just seen the publication of my 32nd book (WHEN THE CRICKETS STOPPED SINGING . . . Boyds Mills/ Capstone 2018) But I still tune in to cbi presentations to make sure I am up to date on what’s going on in the publishing world. Thank you for sharing your time and expertise!
      Marilyn Cram Donahue

      • Laura Backes
        January 12th

        Marilyn, congratulations on the publication of your 32nd book! Thank you for being such a loyal CBI fan all these years, and recommending us to your students. Thanks for joining us on Tuesday nights for the Kidlit Distancing Socials!

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