Have you ever wondered about the difference between a picture book and an early reader? A middle-grade novel and a young adult novel? Have you been curious about what ingredients go into making a story that young readers want to gobble up?
Every week we will read and discuss a children’s book. We will explore a range of formats, from picture books to young adult, and we’ll act as detectives, searching for clues as to what makes that book connect with its target: the young reader.
Our goals are to appreciate these wonderful stories AND to learn how to apply craft techniques to our own writing.
Christine Pakkala’s personal essays have been published in Salon, Brain,Child, The Seventh Wave, and Serendipity. Her essay, “My Vacation Nightmare” was the winner of a nationwide magazine contest, and her essay, “Some Trees” was the winner of a Westport Arts Center writing contest. Christine is the author of the Last-but-not-Least Lola series for children and the novel Jasmine and Maddie for tweens.
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
6 Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25