Children’s Literature: The Inside Story
Do you know that children’s literature—picture books, early reader books, chapter books, and young adult fiction—represent 37% of the U.S. book market? And its growing by double digits, providing the majority of growth for publishers in the past 3-5 years. Get in on the action now.
If you are writing (or thinking about writing) children’s books, don’t miss January’s Roundtable at BARN. We’ve got a fabulous panel lined up of local authors who will talk about what it takes to be successful in the world of children’s literature. Expect to hear each writer talk briefly about his or her work and participate in a panel Q & A.
Jennifer Longo writes YA novels for Random House Books. Her debut, 2014's SIX FEET OVER IT ("Superb"- Kirkus, Starred) was a finalist for the Washington State Book award, selected as a VOYA Perfect Ten title, and an INDIES NEXT NEW VOICES title. 2016's UP TO THIS POINTE ("A stunning love letter to Dance and San Francisco" - Shelf Awareness, Starred) received starred reviews from THE BULLETIN, was featured as an INDIE NEXT title, and is a finalist for the 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults List. Jennifer is currently writing her next novel, and a play - a modern retelling of Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW for the the 2017 season of Fair Oaks Theatre Festival in California. She lives on an island near Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter. Find Jennifer online at jenlongo.com or on Twitter @jenlialongo
Suzanne Selfors is a fifth generation Bainbridge Islander and a national best-selling author. Her books for young readers include The Imaginary Veterinary series, the Ever After High series, and the Smells Like Dog series. She's a recipient of the WA State Book Award and five Junior Library Guild Awards. She's currently working on a project for DreamWorks and can't wait to share it with the world.
George Shannon has enjoyed sharing stories with children for over 40 years as teacher, librarian, and writer. His first picture book to be accepted for publication was Lizard’s Song in 1979. His most recent, One Family illustrated by Blanca Gomez, was published in May 2015. The interim years brought over 40 books including Dance Away, Climbing Kansas Mountains, Stories to Solve, True Lies, and Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar. After many years of visiting schools at home and abroad he is currently savoring his days at The Island School where he works at First Grade Teaching Assistant and librarian for the entire school.
The World Of George Shannon!
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