Andrea Cheng on Writing Biography in Verse

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Andrea Cheng shares why she chose to tell the story of Dave the Potter in verse.

A School Visit with G. Neri, author of Yummy

Our literacy expert writes about author G. Neri’s work with Behind the Book and how they’re inspiring young writers in schools across the country.

New Voices Award Winners: Where Are They Now?

New Voices Award winners share what they’ve been doing since having their first book published by LEE & LOW.

Author Panels and Signings at ConnectiCon

Tu Books ConnectiCon schedule. Meet Joseph Bruchac, Bryce Moore, Shana Mlawski, and Stacy Whitman.

New Voices Award Winners: “How I Started Writing”

Past New Voices Award winners reflect on how they first became interested in writing children’s books.

Shana Mlawski’s Blog Tour: Being a writer/reviewer, writing about rape, & more

Author Shana Mlawski is participating in a blog tour from May 6-May 16. This is her schedule.

Meet Our New Visions Finalists, Part III

New Visions Award writing contest finalists answer the question: What has been your experience writing from a different cultural background that may be unfamiliar to most young readers?

Hurricane update: New Visions Award deadline extension

If you’ve been stuck at home from the hurricane and spending your time polishing your young adult novel, good news: due to Hurricane Sandy, we will be extending the deadline for our first annual New Visions Award. Entries should now be postmarked by November 14. The New Visions Award will be given to a middle […]

Guadalupe Garcia McCall on how writing heals

In this excerpt from her 2012 Pura Belpré acceptance speech, Under the Mesquite author Guadalupe Garcia McCall shares how writing the book helped her heal and brought her closer to her father: My life with my mother was full of love and acceptance. I was blessed to be her daughter, even if for a little […]

Writing a Life: How to Write a Biography for Children

In this guest post we welcome Alan Schroeder, author of In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage and Baby Flo: Florence Mills Lights Up the Stage to discuss what it takes to write a biography for children. Writing someone’s biography can be a tricky business. First—and this is important—you’ve got to be enthusiastic […]


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