Category: Nonfiction Books for Kids

[Nonfiction Monday] Colors of Insects and Bug Off!

Paired Picture Books Colors of Insects by me, Laura Purdie Salas Capstone Press, 2011 (signed discounted copies available here– be sure to email and specify who you’d like it inscribed to) I never thought I would like writing a book about bugs, but doing this book really gave me a

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[My Writing Life] Got It Covered

Hi, guys–Happy New Year! It’s good to be back! There was a piece recently in Publishers Weekly about the cover of Steam Train, Dream Train, the follow-up to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. So much thought goes into figuring out book covers. For my next book with Millbrook Press, Water Can

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[My Writing Life] Poets in the Pink at NCTE

Great Writing Book of the Day: Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury. 10 essays by?one of the most creative minds ever. If you’re not a Bradbury fan, you will be. “What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you

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Sketches from Water Can Be…!

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about receiving Violeta Dabija’s pencil sketches for Water Can Be…, our 2014 follow-up to A Leaf Can Be… I’m so excited that I got permission from both the publisher (Millbrook Press) and Violeta to share a couple of sketches here. So… and Aren’t

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My Writing Life: Sketches!

One of the most exciting (and, let’s be honest, scariest) things when you’re a picture book writer is for your editor to say, “I have sketches!” It’s that moment when you see how’someone you don’t know (usually) has envisioned the words you struggled with into a book. Will the artist

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Great News on Eight Great Planets!

I received the very fun news last week that one of my books, Eight Great Planets (Picture Window Books, 2010), won the 2010 Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award — Children’s Category. This is one of my Science Songs books, which each cover a curriculum area via a song written

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