When I wrote my punny, funny picture book CLARINET AND TRUMPET (illustrated by John Herzog), a book about friendship and an introduction to band instruments, I also had a deeper theme in mind. I wanted to convey the importance of belonging to particular groups while also being part of a larger community. In my memories of playing clarinet in elementary and middle school bands, woodwinds and brass were constantly battling, trying to outblast each other. (Brass are better at th
By Cindy Williams Schrauben We’ve all heard the advice, “write what you know.” Sure, that strategy requires less research and results in a smoother experience, but I submit that there is also value in “writing what you want (or need) to know.” The passion involved in doing so takes you deeper and results in a ‘real’ and more personal narrative. Although I didn’t set out with this in mind, working on my new picture book This Could Be You (illustrated by Julia Seal and publish
Congratulations to all who participated in March On with Mentor Texts, no matter how much or how little! There was something to take away from each and every post and I hope you all found it as inspiring as I did. I sincerely want to thank the fabulous Rate Your Story Authors (and our Friends) for their generous contributions of time and thoughts. But don't be too sad -- I have great news! A weekly version of March On With Mentor Texts will continue with MENTOR TEXT MONDAYS!