From Children's Book Insider: The Latest on Writing & Publishing Books for Children & Teens


Kidlit Social #76: April Cox on Self-Publishing the Right Way

On this episode, we welcome children’s book author and self-publishing coach April Cox.

April is the founder of Self-Publishing Made Simple, and Little Labradoodle Publishing. We dig into topics including how to know if self-publishing is right for you, common self-publishing mistakes, and the best places to spend your self-publishing marketing dollars.


Interview: Harold Underdown, Executive Editor for Kane Press

Harold Underdown talks about his new role as Executive Editor for Kane Press, and what he looks for in series proposals.

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.

Kidlit Social #75: 2nd Anniversary Edition – Laura Answers Your Writing Questions!

On this episode, we celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Kidlit Social with an “Ask Laura Anything” special!  Laura answers a wide range of questions about writing, editing and submitting your work.


Kidlit Social #74: Author J.F. Fox on What Everyone Can Do to Save School Libraries

Meet author, school book committee chairperson, mother and library advocate J.F. (Jenny) Fox. Jenny’s on a quest to save school libraries from drastic funding cuts, and she has some easy to follow steps everyone can take right now that will make a big difference.


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.

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.


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.


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.”

Kidlit Social #71: Alda P. Dobbs on Mining Your Family History to Create Compelling Fiction

On this episode, we meet Alda P. Dobbs, author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. We talk about mining our family history for inspiration, and how to keep the spirit of the true stories alive while crafting compelling fiction.

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