Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids

Our Story Begins Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun Inspiring and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids From award winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky smart and vulnerable childhood works by some of today s foremost children s authors and illustrators revealing young tale

  • Title: Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids
  • Author: Elissa Brent Weissman
  • ISBN: 9781481472081
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From award winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today s foremost children s authors and illustrators revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today.Everyone s story begins somewhere For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brandFrom award winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today s foremost children s authors and illustrators revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today.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, a word of encouragement It was trying, and failing, and trying again It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories.Your story is beginning, too Where will it go

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    1. How much fun is this?! Twenty-six children's book authors and illustrators (dare to) reveal their childhood stories and art. The authors and illustrators include lots of my (and probably your) favorites, like Marla Frazee, Linda Sue Park, Gordon Korman, and Ashley Bryan. The stories of their struggles and successes as children will inspire others who have writing or drawing dreams, I think. It's clear that these folks are all real people who are a lot like you and me.

    2. 25 children's authors and illustrators share childhood stories about how they became who and what they are. The memories of writing, drawing and storytelling bring their books to life in new and different ways. I love reading them and look forward to sharing them with my students at the beginning of the year when we are learning about how we are individuals. I look forward to sharing them as examples of personal narratives that highlight just one part of one passion and interest. And I love the [...]

    3. What were some of the most prominent YA authors/illustrators writing in their formative years? That is what Elissa Brent Weissman sets out to find, editing together the thoughts/works of twenty five industry luminaries, including such names as Kwame Alexander, Candace Fleming, Tim Federle, Gail Carson Levins, Grace Lin, Brian Selznick, and Rita Williams.The sections for each author/illustrator are basically the same format each time: Some thoughts from the person being interviewed, and then a se [...]

    4. I love it, I love it, I love it. My favorite is Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's excerpt.This is a compilation of the first stories and drawings famous illustrators ever wrote and/ or drew. In every story and drawing you can see how authors are just people who liked writing stories and worked hard, and ended up making money by doing it. It's a really neat glimpse into the lives of writers we all adore-- we are often fed interviews with famous actors and actresses, to the point that certain celebrities [...]

    5. I love the idea behind this book and found it to be incredibly inspiring! I loved seeing childhood work samples from some of my favorite authors/illustrators. Would be fun to share with young writers and artists!The book felt a little unpolished maybe because of the work samples, or maybe because it was a little "scrap-bookish" in spots. I will admit that I scanned through some is the longer, more difficult to read work samples, favoring the adult narratives. On the other hand, I think the authe [...]

    6. Full review will be written soon. I can say this is a amazing book! Love it!!edited to add a full review of this book.I reciceved this book through a good reads giveaway. I really was drawn to this book because of the subject. When I got it I loved it!! This book will be one of my treasures! This book has 25 children authors and illustrators sharing their childhood stories. The book contains their childhood writings, drawings and such. It such a joy to look through the pages and read each and ev [...]

    7. Fun to see what children's authors and illustrators were writing when they were children. Great book to encourage young authors.

    8. I would have loved to read this as a child! What an awesome inspiration for all young future authors/illustrators!

    9. Review published: chronicbibliophilia.wordpressAs a bibliophile and book blogger, I have a not-surprising weak spot for books about books, especially those that surrender to the madness that is an all-consuming love of reading and surrounding oneself with paper worlds. I have had the good fortune of receiving advance copies of two new releases of this kind recently.First, let's take a moment with "Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks" by Annie Spence, which I found to be an epi [...]

    10. Unquestionably five stars. I loved reading and seeing the early work by some of the greatest children’s book authors and illustrators out there. Reading their versions of how they started out and how they got to where they are now is fascinating! As I’ve been working on illustrating one, and have ideas pouring out of my head on books I want to write and illustrate, this was so motivating and exciting to read. I would have jumped out of my skin, if I knew how to get back in it, when I read th [...]

    11. This is a wonderful book for aspiring writers and illustrators. The artists show their earliest works and their talent is amazing. It is interesting to see at what ages they got started and whether success came easily or not. It offers a glimpse at their early lives and interests and makes them seem that much more human.

    12. **Thank you to Wunderkind PR for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**Our Story Begins is a collection of stories from well-known authors and illustrators of children’s fiction. They include Kwame Alexander, R.J. Palacio, Candace Fleming, Gail Carson Levins, Grace Lin, Brian Selznick, and many more.The sections for each of the 26 authors / illustrators follow the same format. They give you insight into how, when or why they started writing or drawing, [...]

    13. Quick read. Many authors in this book have been life-long writers so it is natural that they are now published as adults.

    14. Logan’s Review:5 out of 5 starsI really liked this book. Some of the stories were really funny. The stories were entertaining and kept my attention so I was able to finish reading in just a couple hours. My favorite story was Marla Frazee’s where she was talking about John always dropping stuff. In Dan Santat’s story, I liked when he was talking about how even though he couldn’t draw very well, he never gave up. That teaches you to keep trying no matter what. I thought it was awesome tha [...]

    15. I love books in which authors talk about their writing. This one was especially cool: children's book authors showcasing their own youthful writing and artwork. It confirmed for me that Brian Selznik has always been extremely giftedhis crosshatching style is one that he has been using since he was a child!

    16. The subtitle explains what this book is about. I would have given the book 5 stars except that several entries of pictures of what the authors wrote as kids were difficult to read as the copies of their works was too light for the reader to decipher. In addition, the book is made with shiny pages which would create a glare when one is reading under lamp light.The editor/compiler shared 25 authors including herself. I was not familiar with any of them and originally thought that this would make t [...]

    17. This was a quick non fiction read about authors and illustrators and their first works. I was looking for more info about their childhoods and growing up, but the some of the artwork these young souls have created is amazing. I love how some of the works that they created were saved by family members, and that quite a few can name the person that helped them become the author or illustrator they are today.

    18. What a fantastic idea for a book! Popular authors & illustrators share their beginnings. Perfect to share with upper elementary students, and will inspire middle and high school students in creative writing/English classes. A must buy. On order for my MS library.

    19. I loved getting a glimpse of the work of authors and illustrators when they were children, and I think my students will, too. I really enjoyed how the book looked like a scrapbook, with photos and copies of the original works included. Bring on book #2!

    20. A peek into the childhood of some wonderful youth authors and illustrators. I loved that it included their childhood creations.

    21. Interesting idea that could be a great inspiration for young writers, this is also an excellent read for parents and teachers to remind us to look for potential and help kids dream big.

    22. I have a daughter who loves to write. In fact, just a few weeks ago, she showed me a story she is writing. She keeps it on her Google Drive and adds to it whenever she can. Who knows? Maybe she will be written about in a book like this someday! If anything, this book will inspire her to keep writing!Some famous children's authors and illustrators have shared how they started out writing, drawing, and dreaming in OUR STORY BEGINS. This collection of short essays features 26 authors and illustrato [...]

    23. A great book to see how many of our favorite authors and illustrators were developing their passion as children/teens. My favorite part was seeing the actual artwork and/or writing for each of the 26 people as children. I hope this would inspire other children interested in the juvenile publishing industry to see that we start somewhere in developing our talents.

    24. Love the concept, but would have preferred more from the writers now. Also, several of the old stories were way too hard to read bigger reproductions that had been Sharpie-d over would have made it easier.

    25. How fun! I wish I knew who more of these authors were. It's really cool, especially for the ones I do know to see where they started from. And inspiration to realize that (almost) everyone's terrible as a kid! :)

    26. “Everyone’s story begins somewhere.” Authors are inherently able to reminisce about that moment when they felt the power of story start to change their lives. Sometimes it was through the received recognition or struggle or heartache that the seeds to their future careers began. Join Elissa Brent Weissman as she collects individual memories and samples from 26 authors and illustrators and revel in their variety, inspiration, and child-like gifts of bringing stories to life. Kwame Alexander [...]

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