August 2021

Celebrating Children’s Books in Honor of Jewish American History Month

(Conversations previously held on 5/17/21 via @carolinepritchardwrites) I learned about Jewish American Heritage Month for the first time this past January and my mind, unsurprisingly, went straight to the world of children’s books. I remembered my worn copy of Hershel & the Hanukkah Goblins, the one Jewish book we owned & the same one that… Read more »

Jewish American Heritage Month Picture Book Stack

(Originally posted to @carolinepritchardwrites on May 5, 2021) Here’s to celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month with a sassy little picture book stack. It’s got all the Jewish basics: big questions… immigration journeys…mooing monkeys… mysterious magicians… Ladino… talking matzahs… RBG… spider apologies… Goodnight Moon parodies… multicultural Shabbat celebrations… daring book rescues… and the most *brilliant* anthology… Read more »

What questions about the white supremacist insurrection do I need to ask and answer for myself to shift towards accountability and action?

(Originally posted on @carolinepritchardwrites on January 7, 2021) For white people like me to engage in hard, honest conversations with kids *and* adults, we have to interrogate our own biases and do the work for ourselves. Demanding answers and resources from BIPOC folx, often strangers, repeats the same cycle of expecting free labor from those… Read more »

8 Nuggets of Wisdom from 8 Days of Mini Picture Book Craft Talks

That’s a wrappp! The 8 Days of Picture Book Craft Talks series is officially in the books (…because why NOT end on a bookish pun). After the intensity of this past year, my hope was to swirl the values I cherish from both Hanukkah and picture book writing— community, connection and resilience— into a tiny,… Read more »

Craft Talk with Joanna Ho: Digging Deep to Find Fresh Words

The #1 NYT bestselling author and lyrical guru Joanna Ho lets us peek into her mind and learn how to dig deep to find fresh, poignant words! Joanna reveals how the unique heart of your story is often buried under layers of cliches. Some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom from this conversation: 💜Ask yourself:… Read more »

Craft Talk with David Bowles: First Person Narration

What a rush diving into first person narration with the prolific, award-winning author and translator David Bowles! David explains why first person point of view is rare in picture books, and why it may be necessary to tell a full, empathy-inducing story. Here are some of David’s many insightful gems: 🗣 Wondering whether to use… Read more »

Craft Talk with Elana K. Arnold: Writing Difficult Topics for Young Readers

Consider me verklempt. I am overwhelmed with gratitude, inspiration and hope after this conversation with Elana K. Arnold around writing difficult topics for young readers. Elana is a craft expert, of course, but it’s her soulful approach to the world and her readers that resonates above all else. NOTE: we had some lively troubleshooting issues early on… Read more »

Craft talk with Laura Obuobi: Increasing Tension

What a jam-packed conversation around increasing tension in picture books with the brilliant Laura Obuobi! Laura talks us through an advanced picture book writing course in under 20 minutes— a true educator and artist in every sense of the world. Here are some of my favorite nuggets of wisdom she shared: 🧨 Tension is uncomfortable… Read more »

Craft Talk with Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey: Visual Storytelling

What a rush to talk visual storytelling with two world-class experts, Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey. I am moved by their thoughtful, tender approach to picture book creation and feel inspired to approach my own craft with newfound intention. Here are a few treasures from our conversation: 🛻 Always start with story: what is the thread of… Read more »