Tag Archives: @lieslshurtliff

October 13

In Defense of Graphic Novels and Those Who Read Them by Liesl Shurtliff

It happened at a school visit. I was between presentations, sitting in the library. A few students were quietly searching for books. A boy, maybe nine or ten-years-old, came into my view, scanning the shelves. He seemed a bit lost and overwhelmed. One of my greatest joys is helping children find books they will love, […]

May 29

Wake Up Little Princess (and Prince) by Liesl Shurtliff

It’s inevitable. During a Q&A with a group of kids I will always be asked the following: Are you going to write a princess tale? Cinderella? Sleeping Beauty? Snow White? I get a little squeamish and politely say, “Maybe someday,” or “I haven’t gotten an idea for those stories yet,” while on the inside I […]

July 15

A Celebration of Covers by Liesl Shurtliff

What’s in a cover? A story between any other cover would read just the same, wouldn’t it?   One of my favorite childhood/forever books. The original cover is clearly meant to reach a child audience, while the reissue edition gives it a more classic look to reach a wider range of readers.    Authors tend […]

March 08

Trailer Reveal for JACK + Behind the Scenes of Animation by Liesl Shurtliff

Hey Nerdy friends! Liesl Shurtliff here, author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. I can hardly believe my next book, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, releases in SIX WEEKS! (April 14th) But today, right now, right here on Nerdy Book Club, we get to see Jack’s BOOK TRAILER!     […]

Pretty Smart by Liesl Shurtliff

I struggled to read up until about 3rd grade. This might sound strange coming from someone who’s written a book and now loves reading. I’ll admit, I feel a little self-conscious when I hear other writers talk about what voracious readers they’ve always been and how they always knew they wanted to be a writer. […]