Children’s Writer

Outgoing Austin SCBWI RA Debbie Dunn was kind enough to send me an article “Connecting The World: Creating Ethnic Fiction for Today’s Young Readers” by Judy Bradley from the October 2004 issue of Children’s Writer: Newsletter of Writing And Publishing Trends.

In a gray box titled “Reading The World,” the author recommends the works of Walter Dean Myers, Allen Say, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Jacqueline Woodson. Talk about good company! I’m honored.

Congratulations, Stephanie

Big congrats to Stephanie Marshall, who just found out she was accepted as a student in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College.

I first met Stephanie when she was a student at Kathi Appelt and Debbie Leland‘s summer program in College Station, and she’s a tremendously promising new voice.

Lots of keying in this weekend while Greg is going over the galleys for Tofu and T.Rex (Little Brown, spring 2005). It’s exciting to see it typeset.

An African Princess

An African Princess by Lyra Edmonds, illustrated by Anne Wilson (Candlewick, 2004). Lyra has always been told she is an African princess, even though princess with freckles who live on the tenth floor are rare. But when other kids doubt her, she begins to wonder herself. Will a trip visit to Taunte May, an African princess herself, clear up any confusion? A joyous celebration of self in engaging, lively illustrations. Features a biracial family. Ages 4-up.