Tag: Picture Books

Celebrating A Friend’s Book Birthday

My partner here at Kid Lit Universe, Joyce Shor Johnson, and her co-author Cindy Best, had a book published this weekend! Congratulations on the release of Meet Me Where I’m At, a book that helps special needs children understand how they are wired and offers them ways to communicate without having to express themselves verbally or face-to-face. (To see all… Read more →

Stephanie Workman: “Children Are Your Best Critics”

This is our third post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to the amazing Stephanie Workman, author of the first in the Amazing Friends series of picture books. Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Stephanie Workman: I write picture books. My first picture… Read more →

Janis Hennessey: For the Joy of Writing

This is our second post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to  Janis Hennessey who writes three series of books for children, some in French! Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Janis Hennessey: I write books for children ages 2 – 9. The… Read more →

Donna Seim: “I love kids who love to read!”

This is the first post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to Donna Seim who writes picture books and middle grade novels. She has also written an armchair travel book for ages over 16. Kid Lit Universe: Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents? Donna Seim:… Read more →

New Beginnings

Jan 2, 2017, a fresh start. There is so much unknown about this new year. Although we do not know what our world has in store for us, for me, the beginning of a new year is always a personal celebration of rebirth and renewal. At this time I can choose how I want to live the next twelve months… Read more →

The Year In Review

It was a frigid January day when I met my writing buddy Joyce Shor Johnson in one of our favorite coffee shops to write. I hadn’t even taken off my coat when she said, “Spill it. You look like you’re about to burst.” And that’s when I shared my idea for this blog. She liked the concept and suggested we… Read more →

NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: Children’s Literature!

The finalists for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards are going to be announced at the end of this week, but first we wanted to let you know about all the nominees in the category of Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature. Because the awards are given every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013… Read more →

She cooks! She cleans! She writes and illustrates books!

The title of this blog post is adapted from writer/illustrator Joann Adinolfi’s blog, “She cooks! She cleans! She blogs!” This talented artist’s latest book will be published soon (we’ll tell you all about it here once it is out) and she recently illustrated The Little Tree, which came out late last year. You can read about The Little Tree, written… Read more →

From Book Buyer to Book Creator

Denise Ortakales (pronounced or-ta-KEL-lis, like Ellis Island) started buying children’s books long before she had her first baby—great research for a future children’s book author/illustrator. When she was pregnant with her second son, she discovered a book that had significant impact on her life and career. Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide by Kathleen Ziegler and Nick Greco set her on… Read more →

How To Build A Writing Community

Everyone has heard that writing is a lonely pursuit. And there are times when this is very true. But I have also found I can build my own universe full of other of writers and illustrators, creative and encouraging critique partners, masters of revision, and more importantly, establish deep friendships that nurture me and help me thrive. This allows me… Read more →

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