DEAR MR. HENSHAW by Beverly Cleary (Morrow, 1983). While writing to his favorite children’s book author, Leigh deals with his parents’ divorce and being the new kid at school. Ages 8-up.
KISSING BRENDAN CALLAHAN by Susan Amessé (Roaring Brook, 2005). Sarah wants to be a writer. She wants to enter a local writing contest, judged by her idol–romance writer Antonia DeMarco, and she wants to win first place. Unfortunately, her just-the-facts mom says she’s ineligible to enter and has a less-than-stellar opinion about Antonia herself. But Sarah has a solution, a pen name, and an offer to act as Antonia’s assistant. What’s more, she has inspiration in a certain Brendan Callahan. A comedic story of a young girl with a dream. Ages 10-up. More on this title from Cynsations.
WHAT DO AUTHORS DO? by Eileen Christelow (Clarion, 1995). In this story, the children’s author-illustrator is inspired by her cat, Max. Ages 5-up.