University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

It's Not Easy: Writing Picturebooks for Young Children

Three authors of picturebooks share their experiences and identify the issues and strategies involved in writing the text for a picturebook. Although picturebooks have a small number of words, writing a brief but effective text can be difficult.

Lee Merrill Byrd

Novelist and publisher Lee Merrill Byrd was born and raised in New Jersey but has spent most of her life in the Southwest, the last 40 years in El Paso. In 1985, with her husband, poet Bobby Byrd, she founded Cinco Puntos Press, a publishing house recognized for its bilingual and multicultural books for children, young adults and adults....

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Beth Ferry

B is for Beth Ferry, who is the author of "The Bold, Brave Bunny," plus other books for children, including "Stick and Stone" and "The Scarecrow." B is also for beach, where Beth lives with her small human family in New Jersey....

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Jonathan Stutzman

Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer of children's books. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television. He is the author of the Tiny T. Rex series and other picture books including "Llama Destroys the World" and "Don't Feed the Coos....

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