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Hallway of an elementary school where kids' writing hangs

Sensory-rich Writing with Kids

Kids’ writing takes on depth and power when they learn to use words that evoke the real world. I loved doing a workshop on sensory-rich writing with kids in a...

Book with handprints on it and print reading "Multicultural Childrens' Book Day."

Multicultural Children’s Book Day

I live in a tiny rural town. Ethnically, racially, and even economically and religiously, our community is pretty uniform. Before this, we lived in two other small towns that were...

Craft: Reading before Writing

I love Linda Sue Park’s books, so I was interested to see her writing advice on her blog: Read. That’s the single best thing an aspiring writer can do for...

Craft: How to Write a Title for your Picture Book

Titles are tough. How do you condense everything you’ve poured into that manuscript to a few words? Words that need to intrigue and engage. Words that need to impel someone...

Craft: What belongs in the back? Six things to include in the Author’s Note

Author’s Note Afterword A Note about This Story The titles vary, but what belongs in that bit of text that comes at the end of a nonfiction picture book, next...

Craft: Dialogue in nonfiction: Is invented dialogue OK?

How do writers keep nonfiction lively? Often, we adopt fictional strategies to tell our nonfiction stories. We think about characterization, setting, and plot arc. We often, like fiction writers, try...