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Sunday, October 20 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
BBF Unbound: So You Think You Can Write a Picture Book?

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Writing picture books for children is easy, right? Not so fast! Writing picture books is a craft and an art. Whether it’s hitting the right word count, leaving room for the illustrator, making multiple revisions, writing in rhyme, or crafting poetic prose, picture book writing has its own set of challenges, especially when the audience is our most precious resource: children! Using their own journeys as examples, our panel of published picture book authors and illustrators will discuss the pitfalls and perils of picture book writing, while providing valuable resources and insider tips for pursuing the craft, including what it takes to turn a manuscript into a book. There will be an opportunity for interested audience members and aspiring authors to ask questions. Panelists are Joy Nelkin Wieder (The Passover Mouse), Carol Gordon Ekster (You Know What?), Nicole Tadgell (illustrator, A Fist For Joe Louis And Me), and Susan Edwards Richmond (Bird Count).

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Carol Gordon Ekster

Carol Gordon Ekster was an elementary school teacher for thirty-five years. She is the author of numerous children’s picture books including Where am I Sleeping Tonight? and Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You. Her latest, You Know What? Is a 2018 CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards Nominee... Read More →
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Joy Wieder

Joy Nelkin Wieder is an author and illustrator with several children’s books to her name. She teaches creative writing and enjoys school and library visits. Her debut picture book The Passover Mouse received honorable mention for the SCBWI PJ Library Jewish Stories Award and was... Read More →
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Nicole Tadgell

Nicole Tadgell is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty picture books, including Annie Astronaut, Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town, and Nelson Mandela: From Prisoner to President. Tadgell's work has been honored with the Children's Africana Book Award, the Americas Award... Read More →
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Susan Edwards Richmond

Susan Edwards Richmond teaches preschool on a farm and wildlife sanctuary in eastern Massachusetts. She learns the native birds wherever she travels and is the author of five collections of nature-based poetry for adults. Kirkus Reviews called her debut children’s book, Bird Count... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm EDT
Roxbury Innovation Center Classroom 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, 02119