203: The Art of Nonfiction Picture Books – Interview with Cynthia Grady
Hey there word nerds!
Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author Cynthia Grady on the show!
Cynthia has earned master’s degrees in Children’s Literature, Library Science, and the Classics. She taught elementary school in her home state of California and was a children’s librarian for seventeen years before relocating to New Mexico where she now writes books for young readers.
She is the author of a book of poetry for children and two nonfiction picture books. The latest of her picture books, Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind, is the story of Clara Breed the librarian who offered hope and comfort to Japanese American children through books during their internment in World War II.
Listen in as we talk about this beautiful book, and how the power of story can comfort and connect us.
In this episode Cynthia and I discuss:
- Using primary sources to assemble a picture book biography.
- How to strategically negotiate for your illustrations as an author.
- Tips to write engaging nonfiction for young readers.
- Tackling serious topics in picture books.
- The benefits of productive procrastination.
Plus, Cynthia’s #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/203