Making Mud Pies

by Kim Peterson

I’m told I was a particularly difficult baby and a challenging child. The family blames the first on colic; I blame the second on a vivid imagination. Whatever the cause, a series of photos seems to substantiate the claims of my parentals, aunts and uncles, and grandmother. One snapshot in particular comes to mind. Picture […]

More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Samantha Bell

  When you think about writing for children, you might picture stacks of picture books or a shelf full of novels. But did you know there’s a large nonfiction market as well? In my workshop session “More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am”, I’m going to introduce you to the world of children’s nonfiction and educational publishing. […]

ArtSlam Live!

Six artists with one hour (or less!) to paint a picture that’s three feet square in size. What else could it be but ArtSlam Live? For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of participating in ArtSlam Live, a timed art competition created by artist/writer/creative coach Tony Snipes. And while there is a winner […]

Interview with Angelika Martin

Author/Illustrator of Operation Birthday Celebration

by Sally Matheny Recently released, Operation Birthday Celebration—A Journey to the Manger, offers a fun Christian alternative to a popular book on a spying elf. An additional handbook, overflowing with ideas for activities and teaching moments, accompanies this colorful, interactive book. One of those activities includes crafting the main characters, Jesse the shepherd boy, and […]

Get Published the Easy Way!

By Amy Parker At a book signing not too long ago, a woman approached and asked the seemingly innocent question I’m asked at almost every event. “So, how did you get published?”   Over the years, so many people have so generously provided guidance for my career, and I’m always happy to pay that forward […]