Our Story Begins

Everyone's story begins somewhere.

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?

* Amazon Best Books of 2017!  (Children’s Nonfiction) *
* Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2017 *
* A Junior Library Guild selection *
* Featured in Publishers Weekly Children’s Announcements edition *
* Featured in Entertainment Weekly *
* Amazon Best Books of the Month (July) *
* Featured in the Washington Post *
* Featured in the Los Angeles Times *
* Bookfilter Top Picks of the Week on Huffington Post *



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Featuring childhood art and writing by…

Our Story Begins contributors with photos