New Voices: Creative Rulebreakers Among the Notable 19s

By Traci Sorell

For those of us newer to the field of children’s literature, the numerous writing rules for various age groups and in different genres can feel overwhelming.

As one who appreciates the guidelines but also creatively breaks them when necessary, I am thrilled to welcome a group of rulebreakers to Cynsations.

Members of the Notable 19s, all débuting their first picture books this year,

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New Voices: Beth Anderson & Tina Cho on Bringing True Stories to the Page

By Traci Sorell

Picture book authors Beth Anderson and Tina Cho‘s debut books both explore actual events and both authors agree, craft study and critique groups are vital components on the path to publication.

Beth Anderson

Beth Anderson and I share a love of nonfiction. Her debut picture book, An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin &

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Native Voices & Visions: Sherri Maret & Merisha Sequoia Clark on The Cloud Artist

By Traci Sorell

Today I’m excited to feature an inspiring Choctaw duo–author Sherri Maret and illustrator Merisha Sequoia Clark–who crafted The Cloud Artist, a bilingual Choctaw-English fiction picture book (RoadRunner Press, 2017).

The story centers on a young Choctaw girl who creates art using clouds, and it has been well received since publication. It was a 2018 Oklahoma Book Award finalist,

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New Voices: Elizabeth Brown & Meera Sriram on the Journey to Publication

By Gayleen Rabakukk and Stephani Eaton

Elizabeth Brown is the debut author of Dancing Through Fields of Color, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro (Abrams, 2019), and Meera Sriram is the debut author of The Yellow Suitcase, illustrated by Meera Sethi (Penny Candy Books, 2019).

Elizabeth Brown

What first inspired you to write for young readers?

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Author Interview: Writing & Marketing for Multiple Age-Levels

By Robin Galbraith

In today’s world of author branding how do you market yourself if you’re interested for writing for more than one age level?  What are the joys and challenges of working across age levels? Are agents still willing to work with someone who doesn’t commit to just one age level?

These are the questions I asked five currently publishing authors: Hena Khan

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New Voices: Authors Jenn Bailey & Breanna McDaniel on Writing Highly Personal Stories for Children

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

It is with much joy that I introduce Jenn Bailey and Breanna McDaniel, two debut picture book authors who share their struggles and triumphs of bringing their highly personal stories to the page.

Jenn Bailey

What were the challenges in bringing the text to life?

I should probably start by explaining that A Friend for Henry (illustrated by Mika Song (Chronicle,

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Author-Illustrator Interview: Carolyn Dee Flores on Inspiration, Translation & Dedication

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Carolyn Dee Flores is the author-illustrator of nearly a dozen books. Her latest, The Amazing Watercolor Fish (Arte Publico, 2018), has the unique distinction of rhyming in both Spanish and English. I’m very excited to share Carolyn’s insights with Cynsations readers!

What was your initial inspiration for writing The Amazing Watercolor Fish?

The initial idea came about ten years ago when I saw a little aquarium with two Beta fish in it.

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Co-Creators Miranda Paul & Baptiste Paul on Picture Book Collaboration

By Traci Sorell

Spring is in the air. Time for planting seeds and stories. Today’s spotlight is on a new picture book author duo, Miranda and Baptiste Paul. While separately they’ve published picture books, their first co-creations were recently published.

This month they’ll begin a U.S. book tour with Tantoh Nforba Dieudonne, the subject of their newest picture book,

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Guest Post: Yvonne Pearson on Publishing with Historical Society Presses

By Yvonne Pearson

In a stroke of good fortune, I published my first trade picture book with a regional publisher—Minnesota Historical Society Press (MNHS).

I had attended a gathering of our local Picture Book Salon to hear MNHS’ Managing Editor Shannon Pennefeather talk about the press’ relatively new focus on publishing children’s books. They had begun that effort in 2010 and continued to look for stories with a Minnesota slant.

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Cover Reveal & Author Snapshot: Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Check out the cover of Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by A. G. Ford (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, January 14, 2020)

From the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency sub-rights guide:

A beautifully illustrated portrayal of parental love in a family of color.

When the sun sets,

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