Children's Picture Books

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle EdwardsCommunity knitters share warmth, and life-long knitter Michelle Edwards models this brand of kindness in her newly released picture book, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Michelle will read this heart-warming story to kids and adults and teach kids to make yarn pom-poms Saturday, Nov. 12th, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the At Home Store on the Fairfield, Iowa square.

Sophie's Squash Book CoverA full-time day job, 126 rejections, and a family to care for didn't keep PAT ZIETLOW MILLER from realizing her goal to become a successful children's picture book writer. Plucked from Schwartz & Wade Books' slush pile, Pat's first picture book SOPHIE'S SQUASH received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal. It also captured seven major honors for picture book writing, including the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Award, the Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book Award, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. Contracts for eight other picture books from a total of five different publishers quickly followed.

During this wide-ranging discussion, Pat reveals the strategies she used to reach her goals and help her stories take flight. For a detailed report on all the steps one would-be writer took to make her wildest publishing dreams come true, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Pat Zietlow Miller.

Where do writers find the inspiration to craft NYT best-selling books? Author and illustrator Loren Long's children's picture book Otis spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. During this visit to The Studio, Loren reveals he found inspiration for a pivotal page in his new book Otis and the Scarecrow from the final "O Captain, My Captain" scene in the award-winning film, Dead Poets Society, which featured Robin Williams. For a peek into the creative process of one gifted writer/illustrator and clues about how to unleash your own inner genius, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and Loren.

Iowa City author Michelle Edwards has written over a dozen books for children, including Chicken Man, which won the National Jewish Book Award. In her latest picture book, Room for the Baby (illustrated by Jana Christy), a family makes room for baby #2 by transforming hoarded cast-offs into useful and fun craft projects. Michelle's other new book (nonfiction for adults), A Knitter's Home Companion, is an illustrated collection of thoughtful essays, knitting patterns, and recipes. Michelle, who illustrated many of her picture books, studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Meet her in Fairfield Friday, Dec. 7th during a book signing/reading in the At Home Store on the town square.