New Voices: Rob Justus & Kirsten W. Larson on Switching to a Career in Children’s Literature

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Rob Justus

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

After not drawing for about 15 years, I picked up a pencil for the first time and rediscovered my love for creating. I would say I’ve always had a quirky mind that would go to outlandish places,

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Guest Post: Lori Mortensen on Writing Story Endings & If Wendell Had a Walrus

Guest Post: Lori Mortensen on Writing Story Endings & If Wendell Had a Walrus

By Lori Mortensen

Story beginnings are so important, it’s no wonder they get a lot of attention.

Writers not only have to come up with a fresh idea, they have to nail an opening hook that sets up the main character, grounds the reader in a specific setting, and gets a compelling story problem rolling.

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Guest Post: Agent-Author Tracy Marchini on Page Turns in Picture Books

Guest Post: Agent-Author Tracy Marchini on Page Turns in Picture Books

By Tracy Marchini

I’ve been thinking a lot about page turns in picture books recently, and all of the amazing things they can do, including:

  • Show the passage of time 
  • Create humor 
  • Dictate pacing 

Show the passage of time 

Using page turns to show the passage of time is probably the usage that everybody is familiar with.

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New Voice: Interview & Giveaway: Jeanette Bradley on Love, Mama

New Voice: Interview & Giveaway: Jeanette Bradley on Love, Mama

By Traci Sorell

I am pleased to shine the spotlight on a fellow Epic Eighteen debut picture book, Love, Mama by author-illustrator Jeanette Bradley (Roaring Brook, 2018). From the promotional copy:

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she’ll return home soon—yet he still can’t help but miss her. 

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Guest Interview: Author Cheryl Lawton Malone on Elephants Walk Together

Guest Interview: Author Cheryl Lawton Malone on Elephants Walk Together

By Helen Kampion

Cheryl Lawton Malone is the author of the picture book, Elephants Walk Together, illustrated by Bistra Masseva (Albert Whitman, 2017). From the promotional copy:

As calves, Asian elephants Precious and Baba roam the wild together, curious and proud. 


But when they get captured and are split up,

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