Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekend Link: Jane Yolen, Jerdine Nolan and a Sparrow

Jane Yolen is a prolific writer--250 books worth! The following 10-minute interview is full of tidbits of wisdom worth every writer's time:

I fell in love with Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan (the illustrator is Mark Buehner, another favorite picture book creator of mine). Ms. Nolan is a brilliant story teller. Since it is still the last day of Black History Month, I thought this 3-minute interview about her book, Eliza's Freedom Road was apropos. It's also a great way to learn how to use non-fiction elements to tell a compelling fiction story:

And the last video (4 minutes) has nothing, it may seem, to do with writing, but I'll let you be the judge after you watch it. You may need tissues--boxes of them:

Have a great weekend and happy writing.


  1. Ooh, I'm on my way out, but I will check these out when I get back. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Watching Yolen now, I'm reminded why I love her story telling. She is literary, but never fancy. She tells it just right.

    1. She's got it down. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I always love seeing how "ordinary" kids' authors are - especially the prolific ones like JY! Thanks for sharing:)

  4. It is a sparrow, and it made me cry....simple truths with great emotion

  5. Yep, that last one got to me. Thanks for sharing, Johnell.

  6. Great choice of videos--all dealing with the fine art of communication.