Category: Kid Lit

Getting started: Picture Book writing for Student Authors.

Dear Wonderful Teachers: Yes–YOU. On Monday, I talked to a class of Student Authors who are writing their own picture books, and weren’t sure how to get started. It reminded me of the Picture Book Unit that was always a hit with my students. Have you ever tried this? Pair up Kinders or first graders with your Student… Read more »

Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 17

Our final #tbt Show & Tell is from Nancy Castaldo. This adorable kindergartner grew up to be an educator, SCBWI Regional Advisor, and #kidlit author of nonfiction books for children, including TWO 2017 releases: SNIFFER DOGS: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World (HMH Books for Young Readers) “An exemplary presentation of information in… Read more »

Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 16

Today’s #tbt Kindergarten Show and Tell is from  Jill Santopolo.  This sweet kindergartner grew up to be an author of both #kidlit and adult books, the Editorial Director of Philomel Books (Penguin Young Readers) with TWO #1 bestsellers in 2017 (!), and an adjunct Creative Writing professor. Did I mention Jill Santopolo has TWO new books… Read more »

Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 15

It’s kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell again, and today’s post is from #kidlit author Dashka Slater. This Kinder kid grew up to write amazing books in many genres and there are incredible new ones on the way! Her picture books include: ESCARGOT (FSG, illus. Sydney Hanson) “Escargot’s voice is parfait, an airy blend of ego and need… Read more »

Kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell –part 14 #windowsandmirrors

It’s kindergarten #tbt Show and Tell again, and we’re celebrating Back-to-School with important books that are windows and mirrors in our world. Meet this week’s kinder, who grew up to be #kidlit author and educator Gayle E. Pitman. By day, Gayle teaches Psychology and Women/Gender Studies at Sacramento City College. By night, she writes awesome–and much needed–children’s… Read more »