Growing Ideas

Every writer or illustrator must face the challenge of how to make the exciting ideas that inspire them concrete for the reader. This isn’t always a simple task. The thoughts that set off sparks in the mind can easily fall flat when first put down on the page. Sometimes it is tempting to stop after the first attempts and decide that the idea wasn’t so good after all. But good ideas require hard work to become something that can inspire someone else. So how do professional creators tackle this challenge? Late last month I gave some tips on developing book […]

Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright

Haiku copyright © 1998 Ellen Wright. All other text & illustrations copyright © 2018 Nina Crews. Published Millbrook Press ISBN 978-1-5124-1865-1  ISBN 978-1-5124-9862-2 (eb pdf) Buy it here! Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Indie Bound NCTE Notable Poetry Books for 2019 CCBC Choices 2019 School Library Journal Best Books of 2018 New York Public Library 100 Best Books For Kids 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection In the last 18 months of his life, Richard Wright, the author of Native Son and Black Boy, created over 4000 haiku. Twelve of these luminous poems are included in this book. A perfect introduction for children […]