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Writing a book for young people? Look here for information, advice, and inspiration.

Hijacking the Pumpkin Coach

On an overcast winter morning in outback New England, I’m taking time to consider the notion of transformations as they pertain to reading and story-making. The word means metamorphoses, which you will remember comes from the Greek words for change and shape — though meta also carries a sense of “beyond” as in “veering toward […]

Book & Me | Comic #9

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Book & Me | Comic #8

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Book & Me | Comic #7

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Book & Me | Comic #6

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Book & Me | Comic #5

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Book & Me, Week 1

In case you missed them, here are the first four entries in Charise Mericle Harper’s original “Book & Me” comics series: Introduction to the series by Charise Mericle Harper Introduction by Mag editor Elissa Gershowitz #1: “I’m a book!” “I made him!” #2: “I don’t think the cat likes me…” #3: “Do you remember the […]

Book & Me | Comic #4

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My Goals as an Illustrator

by Marcia Brown When recently I was invited to speak on my goals as an illustrator, I was reminded that twenty years ago I was asked to give a talk and write a paper on this same subject. As I reread that paper, I saw that most of my ideas have not changed very much […]

Distinction in Picture Books

by Marcia Brown Editor’s Note: Although addressed to librarians, Miss Brown’s paper speaks equally to parents. What is a distinguished picture book? With the changes that have come about in publishing in the last few years, the fate of the picture book lies squarely in the hands of librarians. Today it takes real courage for […]