PICTURE BOOKS AS POETRY
I've been taking lots of online workshops over the last year, mostly through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - an organization I joined in 2005. A fellow SCBWI member, Leslie Bernard Booth, is an Oregon Literary Fellow and published author. Among other genres, she is a nonfiction children's book author who writes about the natural world. Author Dana Johnson described Leslie's work in this way: "Her writing is as thought-provoking and haunting as it is beautiful."
During the course of this workshop I was wowed by the possibilities of poetic (almost musical) language and the ways in which it is being used by authors to add to a growing body of narrative non-fiction for the benefit and learning of kids everywhere.
Leslie's powerpoint was eloquent and succinct, interactive and thought-provoking. So - this is my shout-out to Leslie: thanks so much for your beautiful writing in service to the children of our world! Find her HERE. And look for her two books, A Stone is a Story and One Day This Tree Will Fall, coming out in Spring 2023, and Summer 2023, respectively.