Get to Know… Traci Sorell!

My name is… Traci Sorell. Actually, that’s my pen name. But it’s easier to pronounce and less to write than my entire last name!

I am a… Cherokee citizen, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, first generation college graduate, traveler, former attorney, advocate, educator, wife, mother, and author.

As a kid, I… wondered about how the world works especially in the United States – why some grownups were in charge instead of others and why children and other vulnerable people had so few protections from those grownups.

Writing is… challenging, exhilarating, and what keeps me stretching myself to grow beyond my comfort zone.

Reading is… one of my lifelong loves. I would never trade the adventures, aching belly laughs, silent sobs, and wonder I’ve experienced through books.

Books are… powerful. They can uplift, harm, instruct and entertain. Those creating and publishing them need to be mindful of that always.

Did you know… that I only started writing for young people a few years ago? My debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga illustrated by Frané Lessac came out in 2018. My debut fiction picture book, At the Mountain’s Base illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre, will be published in September 2019.  It’s never too late to pursue a different line of work—just be prepared to put in the time and effort!

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You can find me… at www.tracisorell.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Kids Need Books of All Kinds posters!

A lot of people expressed interest in purchasing poster-sized copies of my Kids Need Books of All Kinds illustration. Well, ask and you shall receive!

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I just had a batch of these printed up. They’re 18″ x 24″ and have a matte finish. You can purchase yours through the ART/STORE section of my site, or simply by clicking here. And I’ll be throwing in a set of signed EngiNerds bookmarks with every order!

Thanks, all, for your interest and support!

Get to Know… Alison Goldberg!

My name is… Alison Goldberg

I am a… writer, blogger, parent, organizer, artist, and aspiring rock climber.

As a kid, I was… really into making things, whether art projects, neighborhood newspapers, or plays. Once my friend and I spent a whole weekend building papier-mâché chairs that were strong enough to use.

I still love making things. Last year, my daughter had a fourth grade assignment to work on a family project inspired by Kate DiCamillo’s The Tiger Rising. Our family got a little carried away, and our tiger grew to eight feet…

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Writing is… so often about details. I like to write non-fiction and research-inspired fiction. I find that one specific detail about someone’s life or an animal or a historical fact can set a whole story in motion.

Reading is… immersive.

Books are… journeys, taking us to many worlds.

Did you know… the board book edition of I Love You for Miles and Miles will be on shelves soon! Here’s a photo of my picture book’s adorable new little sibling, releasing on December 31st!

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You can find me… at www.alisongoldberg.comwww.misformovement.org (where I blog about activism in children’s literature), or on Twitter @alisongoldberg.

Geeger the Robot!

Last week, I signed the piece of paper pictured below, and so am now finally, officially allowed to share some exciting news with all of you! My next series, GEEGER THE ROBOT, will launch in 2020 — Book 1 will be out in the spring, and Book 2 will be out in the summer.

These early chapter books feature Geeger — a kind, well-meaning bot with some not-so-school-friendly tendencies who nonetheless enrolls at an elementary school.

More info coming soon!

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Kids Need Books of ALL Kinds

Last week, in a hotel room in New Jersey, I drew some books on a piece of scrap paper and posted it on Twitter and Instagram. I captioned it as follows:

Kids need happy books, sad books, silly books, serious books, laugh-out-loud books, spooky books, books about people who are like them, books about people who aren’t like them, tough books, breezy books, long books, short books, books full of pictures, books full of questions….

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People expressed interest in sharing the image with their students, and even hanging it up in their classrooms or libraries. So I drew a neater version, with the sentiment behind the image included, in a way, along with the books themselves:

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If you wish, you can now download a free, print-ready copy of your own at the ART section of my site. And if you print a copy and hang it up, please share! I’d love to see where my little doodle ends up. I’ve already gotten pictures of it hanging up in Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, and even over the northern border in Manitoba!

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Activity Sheets — IN ACTION!

The activity sheets I posted a few days ago are already being put to use! All it takes is a little nudge — and kids’ imaginations go wild!

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And the sheets are being used in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined. Ms. Mercer in Decatur, Texas used them as part of her library’s Picture Book Month celebration. Seventh graders were tasked with making “mini picture books” based on the activity sheet prompts, which they then shared with younger, elementary school students.

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Keep up the awesome work, and please keep sharing completed sheets! You can do so on Twitter (@Jarrett_Lerner), Instagram (@jarrettlerner), or using the Contact form in the menu bar above!