Announcing the Children’s Book Hub!
I've been hinting about this for some time... and here it is: I am very excited to announce a brand new center of information, resources and support for children's book authors - The Children's Book Hub! The Children’s Book Hub is a membership-based ‘virtual salon,’ featuring lively, ongoing discussion about writing and publishing for children and young adults, as well as all the latest trends in the children’s book industry. My goal as 'Hub Host'' is to provide the best, most valuable information, education, news and resources for established and aspiring children's book authors of all kinds, all year long. Hub members ...
The Very Fairy Princess
A New York Times Bestseller! Do you believe in fairies? Geraldine does... And though her family and friends don’t believe her, Gerry knows for certain that she is one. In fact, she is a very fairy princess! From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in royal attire and practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all pink and proper — as every real-life fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are the price you pay for a perfect day! From the bestselling mother-daughter team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton comes ...
Just Write For Kids
I have terrific news! But first – let me ask you a question: *Have you ever dreamed of writing a children’s book? *Do you have an idea for a story but don’t know where to start? *Have you written a book, but don’t know what the next step should be? *Would you like to join the multi-million dollar children’s book industry, but have no idea how? Perhaps you know me as the author of many best-selling children’s books written in partnership with my mother, Julie Andrews. I’m also a writing teacher, Director of the Southampton Children’s Literature Conference, and a freelance editor - as well as being ...
Poetry Can Change the World – Or At Least, How We View the World
Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies My mother and I have always believed that poems, songs, and lullabies have the power to transform into family treasures. Poetry, in particular, is the perfect shared family experience - as a "read-aloud" it can be one of the best ways to introduce young people to the joys of reading. Great poems make children want to read - they give us a vision of beauty and joy in the world, and an awareness of the richness and power of language. We are therefore very excited about our most recent collaboration, a ...
I had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing middle grade and YA author Maryrose Wood last night for our Wednesday night Writers Speak series at Stony Brook Southampton. Maryrose is everything you might wish the author of...Read more of this article
I’ve never thought of myself as much of a matchmaker, but today I feel like Yenta! You see, it’s the pub-date of a very special book, one that I played a small part in helping to bring about… But let’s...Read more of this article
Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to register for the 2013 12X12 Picture Book Challenge – your next opportunity will be 2014! This is a great way to maintain motivation, get your queries critiqued, connect...Read more of this article
One of my favorite speakers at the 2013 SCBWI winter conference was Mo Willems. No surprise, he’s also one of my favorite writers, and illustrators. Among the many witty, wise and irreverent pieces of writing advice he shared...Read more of this article
There were several recurring themes that emerged at the wonderfully inspiring SCBWI 2013 Winter Conference this past weekend. One was brightening and enriching the lives of children – our readership. (Seems obvious, but sometimes...Read more of this article
I blogged last week about jump-starting your writing resolutions with Julie Hedlund’s wonderful 12X12 in 2013 program for picture book authors, but here’s some further news that includes yours truly… Next week,...Read more of this article