Menu
Cart

Charlesbridge Children's Books Blog

The Science of Writing and Illustrating a Biography for Children

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser breaks down her scientific process for creating an educational biography for young readers.  Recently I was asked to speak at a STEMposium about the creation of my latest book, Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call. The book chronicles Alexander (Aleck) Bell’s childhood. I’m not an educator, but while preparing for my talk, I looked at the current science standards for elementary education and made a remarkable discovery — the process I use as an author and illustrator of children’s books is much like the method employed by scientists. Using Alexander Graham Bell Answers the...

Read more →

A Tomorrow for Vivian

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Author JaNay Brown-Wood, author of Grandma's Tiny House: A Counting Story, discusses adding her own shades of color to children’s literature and breaking down stereotypical walls. I have always been a storyteller at heart. When I was younger, I’d make up stories using my Barbie dolls and teddy bears as the main characters. When I learned to write, I’d capture stories on paper. And when I learned to type, there was no stopping my fingers from creating a world on my computer screen. I write because I love to create and because I enjoy pushing the possibilities of my own creativity....

Read more →

Board Books – A Head-start for Babies

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Author-illustrator Phyllis Limbacher Tildes reminisces on her motivation for creating board books for babies and her own personal connection to educational reading. In my twenty-two years with Charlesbridge, I have been fortunate to have authored and/or illustrated twenty-three books. Perhaps the most gratifying have been my baby board books. What a thrill it has been to know that infants as young as two weeks old are introduced to an interactive experience with their parents through my illustrations and simple words. Baby Animals Black and White has been continually in print since 1998. I believe it is in its 25th printing....

Read more →

Painting A New School Year for Charlesbridge

Posted by Mel Schuit on

Illustrator Mika Song discusses creating the illustrations for her new book A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices When I first read Sally Derby’s poems in A New School Year I was struck by how familiar each character felt to me. My goal for the illustrations was to keep them simple and show the emotions in the poems. I had been volunteering as a reading tutor, so kids and classrooms were already fresh in my mind. My agent sent me photos of her son’s preschool walls to give me ideas. The rest is from my own memories. Happily, schools...

Read more →

David L. Harrison wins the Society of Midland Authors Book Award

Posted by Donna Spurlock on

I just returned from Chicago and the 2017 Book Awards banquet and ceremonies, which was sponsored by The Society of Midland Authors. Wow! What a party! I was there to receive the award for the best nonfiction children’s book by a midland author published in 2016, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. Yay, Charlesbridge!     The event was held on the penthouse floor of this building.             Talk about ambience! Master of Ceremonies was Keir Graff, Executive Editor for Booklist. And here I am giving a few remarks after receiving my award. The...

Read more →