Category Archives: Author Posts

April 26

On Building a Picture Book: Failure and Finding Your Voice by Vern Kousky

I first came up with the idea for The Blue Songbird during a trip to the Japanese galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a place I often go when I have a spare moment or two. The rooms are generally quiet and dark and much of the work there has an illustrative […]

April 25


Today is the day that Moo Moo in a Tutu, my debut picture book as author and illustrator, goes out into the world. Writing and illustrating a picture book isn’t something that I ever anticipated, nor is it something that I ever thought I could pull off once I set out to try. So how […]

April 23

What’s in a Name? by Augusta Scattergood

Most of the writers you and I know agree: giving a character just the right name is crucial to her personality. Motivation, appeal, distrust, dislike, or whatever we’re trying to make you feel as a reader turns on finding exactly the right moniker. Most of us love that process.   Two examples hop quickly to […]

April 21

What Are the REST of My Kids Doing? Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop by Lindsey Moses & Meridith Ogden

My (Lindsey) 2-year-old niece regularly calls me on FaceTime and before even saying hello, she says, “Aunty Lindsey, will you read a book?” Of course, I say yes and head over to the bookshelf to select books I think she will like. One of my favorite parts of this ritual is when she adamantly says, […]

April 18

It’s Hard Being a Hero by John David Anderson

It’s hard being a hero. This is a glaringly obvious theme in most of my books. In fact, I’m pretty sure one of my characters has ham-fistedly said “Gosh, it sure is hard being a hero,” right before donning their mask, unsheathing their sword, or fashioning their fireball and engaging in an act of bravado. […]

April 13

Growing Up Amid Unrest in Palestinian Writer Ibtisam Barakat’s ‘Balcony on the Moon’ by Kate Hannigan

One of the most endearing images in Ibtisam Barakat’s beautifully written memoir Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) is when 13-year-old Ibtisam and her little sister, Mona, watch Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci win gold medals at the 1976 Olympics.   “On the inside of our closet, Mona and […]

April 12

The Power of Representation by Ellen Oh

When I was little, I loved books so much I would eat them. Literally. Yes, I found the taste of paper as delightful as candy. So it was no surprise to anyone that I became an avid reader, although it took a while to break the paper-eating habit.   Librarians are the best people in […]

April 11

The Nine Lives of a Children’s Book Author by Susanna Reich

A cat may have nine lives, but a children’s book author can have more. With each book, I  live an entirely new life. This is true when I write fiction, and perhaps even more so when I write biography. I become completely immersed, like an actor inhabiting a role.   As a novelist, I conjure […]

April 07

What I Love About the Cover for THE WAR I FINALLY WON by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

So—drumroll, please—today is the day you I have been waiting for: the official cover reveal for my forthcoming novel THE WAR I FINALLY WON. Cover reveals are kind of funky in that they assume that readers are waiting in such breathless anticipation of the release of the book that the first sight of the cover […]

April 05

Travel Partners by Sarah Dooley

We played the alphabet game. We played tic-tac-toe on the backs of gas receipts. We played make-believe about the houses along the road. We read to each other, handed snacks back and forth, and sang with the radio. We argued over who had it first and who took who’s spot and who started it. We […]