Tucson Festival of Books

Every Word Counts: Authoring a Picturebook


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


Panelists
Joe Cepeda

Joe Cepeda received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. He is the award-winning illustrator of more than 40 books for children such as "Rafa Counts on Papa" and "Mice and Beans....

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Michael Sampson

Michael Sampson taught kindergarten through fourth grade before meeting fellow literacy expert Bill Martin, Jr. at a conference in Tucson, Ariz., in 1978. They established a lifelong friendship and collaborated on many best-selling and award-winning books for children, including "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3," "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?," "Armadillo Antics," "Ten Little Squirrels," "Bing! Bang! Chugga! Beep!" and "All Kinds of Kids....

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Phuc Tran

Phuc Tran is an award-winning writer, tattooer and Latin teacher (for which he has won no awards). Lots of things make Phuc cranky: being too cold, being too hot, staying up too late, getting up really early, wearing baggy socks, eating jaggedy cereal for breakfast....

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Dianne White

Dianne White is a writing teacher and the author of nine picture books, including the award-winning "Blue on Blue" illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes and "Dark on Light" illustrated by Felicita Sala....

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Books:
Rafa Counts on Papá
Joe Cepeda
Children
Little, Brown
January 2022
ISBN 9780316540896
40 pages

I Help
Joe Cepeda
Children
Holiday House
October 2023
ISBN 9780823453931
32 pages
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I Hop
Joe Cepeda
Children
Holiday House
November 2021
ISBN 9780823448258
32 pages

All Kinds of Kids
Michael Sampson
Children
Brown Books Publishing Group
October 2023
ISBN 9781612546414
32 pages
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Cranky
Phuc Tran
Children
HarperCollins Publishers
January 2024
ISBN 9780063256286
32 pages
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Finding Grateful
Dianne White
Children
Chronicle Books LLC
January 2024
ISBN 9781797211237
44 pages
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The Sharing Book
Dianne White
Children
Holiday House
July 2023
ISBN 9780823443475
40 pages
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