Tucson Festival of Books

Writing a Picturebook: It's Not Easy


Authors of picture books share their experiences and identify the issues and strategies involved in writing the text for a picture book. Although picture books have a small number of words, writing brief but effective text can be difficult.


Panelists
Tami Charles

Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of "All Because You Matter," and numerous books for children and young adults. Her middle grade debut, "Like Vanessa," earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection....

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Cynthia Harmony

Cynthia Harmony is an author and educational psychologist originally from Mexico City. She has published for the educational market and was awarded the 2020 WNDB Mentorship. Her debut picture book "Mi Ciudad Sings" and Spanish edition "Mi Ciudad Canta" is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection....

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David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle is the author of many books for young readers, including "Isle of You," illustrated by Jaime Kim, as well as "How to Apologize," "See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog," and "See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat," all illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka....

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Michelle Nott

Michelle Nott is a bilingual, dual-nationality author who finds inspiration in her family, her travels and particularly in American and French literature, culture and art. Born in the United States, Nott has also lived in France and in Belgium....

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Books:
We Are Here
Tami Charles
Children / Teens
Scholastic, Incorporated
January 2023
ISBN 9781338752045
40 pages

Mi Ciudad Sings
Cynthia Harmony
Children / Teens
Penguin
January 2022
ISBN 9780593226841
32 pages

Mi Ciudad Canta
Cynthia Harmony
Children / Teens
Penguin
January 2022
ISBN 9780593520055
32 pages

See the Cat: Three Stories about a Dog
David LaRochelle
Children / Teens
Candlewick Press
January 2020
ISBN 9781536204278
64 pages

Teddy Let's Go!
Michelle Nott
Children / Teens
Enchanted Lion Books, LLC
January 2022
ISBN 9781592703685
72 pages