The Building Blocks of Jill Ross Nadler
This month, we'll be highlighting the Donors from Our Rate Your Story *Build-A-Story* Contest (August 1 - September 1st). Each will share a little bit about themselves and the building blocks of their career, tell you about their latest project and leave YOU a building block to help build your stories! Be sure to check them out! AND don't forget to enter our contest (more info here) to be eligible for prizes!
INTRODUCING JILL ROSS NADLER:
Hello! I’m Jill Ross Nadler. I write for kids on the page, stage, and screen. My picture book SUCH A LIBRARY! was published by Intergalactic Afikoman in 2020 and is now distributed by Lerner Publishing. I’ve also written ten leveled readers for Heinemann (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). When I’m not writing books for kids, I’m creating live shows and videos for kids (and their grownups) through my company Page Turner Adventures. We transform kids into Storyologists and send them on adventures to collect, tell, and write stories. For the past four years, I’ve created online summer reading programs that are used by thousands of libraries across the country. In my off time, I like to visit odd roadside attractions (The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum is a favorite!) and make robots out of Altoid tins.
THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF JILL'S CAREER:
My mother was a professional storyteller, so I grew up with stories in my veins…and my living room where she hosted storytelling birthday parties every weekend. I view the world through the lens of story, so writing and storytelling have always been a part of my world.
I recently wrote and independently published four picture books in conjunction with our recent Summer Reading Program which focused on stories, crafts, and games about Kindness, Friendship, Empathy, and Cooperation. The books in this series include:
ON JILL'S HORIZON:
I’m transforming our Summer Reading Program into a home version subscription for families. It includes animated versions of the books mentioned above which we’ve turned into “Talking Books” that bring the story to life along with flipbooks, audiobooks, activity books, and craft videos. It’s all designed to transform kids into Storyologists. I’m super excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the world!
JILL'S BUILDING BLOCKS FOR KEEPING YOUR STORY ALIVE:
If you can’t write every day, try to spend at least five minutes with your story (even if all you just read over what you’ve already written). This keeps it fresh in your mind and gives your subconscious a chance to work on the story while you’re busy doing dishes or your taxes. (Or something more fun than dishes and taxes!)
JILL'S COOLEST WRITING EXPERIENCE:
About 12 years ago, my husband and I (along with 500 of our closest friends) won a contest sponsored by the New York City Public Library. We were all locked in the library overnight and competed in a scavenger hunt through the exhibits and library stacks (which the public never gets to access!). We had to follow clues and gather info with a team, and then collectively write a story about the adventure. The stories were collected and bound (by an old-fashioned book binder) that morning and now live somewhere in the depths of the NY Public Library!
JILL'S PRIZE: Jill has generously donated a picture book manuscript critique to one (1) lucky prize winner.
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