Celebrating picture books, their creators,

& all who champion them

Author Spotlight: Jess Townes

Author Spotlight: Jess Townes Happy Monday and welcome back to Picture Book Spotlight! We have a very special interview to share today. We feature authors, illustrators, agents, and champions of picture books. Today we have our first Champion Spotlight! Jess Townes is an author and also the Co-Regional Advisor of Kansas-Missouri for SCBWI. What is something you must have in your refrigerator or pantry? Coffee. I will go out at any hour of night if I realize we are out of coffee for the next morning. I also really like to have homemade creamer on hand (super simple recipe: sweetened condensed milk, milk, cinnamon) and a tiny handheld milk frother. It makes my homemade coffee feel coffee shop

Author Spotlight: Justin Colón

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JUSTIN COLÓN Happy Thursday, everyone and welcome back to Picture Book Spotlight! If this is your first time, I'm glad you stopped by. We've had several awesome interviews and have SO MANY MORE LINED UP! Don't want to miss an interview? Consider subscribing! Today, we have an in-depth interview with author, Justin Colón! He's got a lot of practical wisdom to share, so let's get after it! Everyone’s favorite question first: What’s something you absolutely must have in the refrigerator or pantry? The ingredients to make a nice cup of Lipton tea. Where do you feel most inspired and why? I’m going to cheat a bit because there’s no one place I know of that inspires me most. When

Agent Spotlight: Jennifer March Soloway

Agent Spotlight: Jennifer March Soloway Welcome back to Picture Book Spotlight! Today, we have an Agent Spotlight with Associate Agent, Jennifer March Soloway with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Here we go! Name three things you can’t do your job without. 1. Concentration 2. Connections 3. Creativity What’s something you absolutely must have in your refrigerator or pantry? Milk + coffee. Where do you feel most inspired and why? Outside. Fresh air helps open my mind to new possibilities. What do you most love about working in the kid lit industry? The people and the projects. It’s a brand new year. What are some goals you have for yourself? To sell more books and read more. In terms of submiss

Author & Illustrator Spotlight: Heidi McKinnon

Author & Illustrator Spotlight: Heidi McKinnon Happy Thursday, everyone! I've really enjoyed sharing our interviews, and I'm so pumped for what we have lined up! Next Monday, February 18th we've got an Agent Spotlight on Jennifer March Soloway with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Thursday, February 21st we feature Querying Author, Justin Colón! But first, today's Author & Illustrator Spotlight is on Australian native, Heidi McKinnon. Not many picture books jump out and grab my attention so vividly that I immediately find the author's website and rave to them about their book...but with Heidi McKinnon's, I Just Ate My Friend, I couldn't help myself. Simply put, if you haven't read it...you are

Author Spotlight: Bridget Heos

Author Spotlight: Bridget Heos Welcome back to Picture Book Spotlight! Thank you for stopping by this little nook of the internet. Nook. What a great word. But that's not why you're here. You're here to read about how awesome Bridget Heos is! At least...that's why I'm here. Enough of all that. Time to spotlight the phenomenal, mustache queen herself! Please welcome Bridget Heos! What’s something you absolutely must have in your refrigerator or pantry? Salad! I feel best when I eat my veggies (though I like not-so-healthy foods, too.) Name three things you can’t do your job without. I couldn't be a children's book writer without the kids who read my books, the grownups who share my books, and

Author Spotlight: Heather Macht

Author Spotlight: Heather Macht Welcome back to another super fantabulous Picture Book Spotlight! You know how fast Twitter posts get buried...instead of digging through a relentless pile of hashtag slush, get automated emails every time we post! SUBSCRIBE! Seriously. All the cool kids are doing it. First time here? Make sure to check out our interview with author and agent, Colleen Oefelein and Caldecott Honoree, Brian Lies! And now for the star of today's show...HEATHER MACHT! What’s something you absolutely must have in your refrigerator or pantry? Fresh Fruit! I’m such a sucker for a big bowl of fruit. Name three things you can’t do your job without. Coffee, creamer, and support (from my

Agent Spotlight: Colleen Oefelein

Agent Spotlight: Colleen Oefelein Welcome back to Picture Book Spotlight! If you happened to miss the interview with Caldecott Honoree Brian Lies, check it out! Today, we have Colleen Oefelein, associate agent of The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. I'm so glad she stopped by! Before you dive in, make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an interview! There's another one coming THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7th featuring Heather Macht! But first...let's turn the spotlight on author, agent extraordinaire, Colleen Oefelein! Name three things you can’t do your job without. My laptop, my phone, and my interns. What’s something you absolutely must have in your refrigerator or pantry? Peanut butter, a

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