“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others”—Archibald Rutledge. And…I’M HAPPY for Emily Lim-Leh! Her as-yet unpublished picture book manuscript My Grandfather’s Rojak placed in the Top 3 for the Scholastic Picture Book Award 2019.
Mary Hendrix is a gifted artist, plus a good friend and critique partner. Mary’s insight from an illustrator’s point of view is invaluable for the writers in our group. Her artistic eyes see beyond the words and in between the spaces.
I asked Mary if she would tell us how she approaches a story to bring her imagination to the page. Mary said, “Sure!” Lucky us!
Enthralled by the cover art of Brendan Wenzel’s A Stone Sat Still, I tucked his book into my arms and slipped into a library chair to read. Little did I know how much his rhyming text and mixed-media artwork would touch my heart. His simple, yet creative crafting of words rhythmically creates magical moments on each page. His talented artistry captures the passage of time as nature unfolds differently through time.
I’m doing the “Happy Dance” and tossing confetti for Rebecca Koehn’s debut picture book After the Rain! Rebecca is a talented writer, plus my dear friend
Your favorite little ones will find humor and heart within Ann Ingalls’ new release PENCIL—A STORY WITH A POINT.
A TEACHER’S PRAYER-Help me be grateful. For the students who like to learn, and feel challenged by those who don’t.
My mother was fearless. She fed a cub in Yellowstone before “Do NOT Feed the Bears” became park policy.
When our prose is clunky or cloudy, writing poetry can keep the mind and imagination percolating. After all, our mantra is Write, Write, Write.
I must have grown up under a rock in Detroit. Diversity didn’t mean much to me until college. In the 60s, I interned in a 2nd grade classroom in Kalamazoo, Michigan.