Our Story Begins
For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third-grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day–and perfected through draft after discarded draft. For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, or a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of word and pictures and stories.
Our Story Begins presents some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators as their quirky, smart, vulnerable, youthful selves, revealing young talent, the storytellers they would someday become, and the creativity they inspire today in kids everywhere.
Your story is beginning too. Where will it go?
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“An attractive cover, glossy pages, and writing tips will make this a great addition to collective biography or career sections. An authentic, generous, and inspiring selection for tweens who wonder where their doodling or journaling might take them.”
– School Library Journal
“A sweet, inspirational anthology for any kid who dreams of one day having their own name on the cover of a book.”
“Accessible [and] enjoyable…The memoirs—all (unsurprisingly) engaging—range from humorous to serious, and some slip in good advice, both about the tools of the craft and about self-marketing. Good for aspiring writers and artists.”
“This has curricular use written all over it (there’s even tips for young writers at the end) and the encouragement is strong and valuable. Plenty of young readers will salivate at the notion of living the dream described by Jarrett J. Krosoczka: ‘What I do now for my job is exactly what I did for fun when I was a kid.'”
“The wonderful diversity of these writers and artists shines through in this fun, insightful collection. A page of tips for young artists and writers may very well inspire the next generation.”
“Our Story Begins collects the early, early work of some of today’s most lauded children’s authors and illustrators, proving that everyone — even future prize winners — goes through an awkward phase. Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, these first forays into writing are consistently cute.”
– The LA Times