Instructor Stories: Baptiste Paul
I'm excited to introduce Baptiste Paul on our blog today and give away one of his picture books. Baptiste will be teaching our upcoming Rhyming Picture Books course with Miranda Paul. These two will be bringing each of their own writing and teaching styles together for this course, and it's going to be an incredible learning experience.
Baptiste and Miranda have co-authored three books together, and those are wonderful. But I still remember how the voice and poetry in The Field (Baptiste's debut picture book) blew me away. I read it multiple times, and it just got better with each reading. Jacqueline Alcántara‘s illustration style went so well with Baptiste's writing style, which really elevated the whole reading experience. The Field received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and The Horn Book.
As I mentioned before, Baptiste Paul has co-authored three books with Miranda Paul, some (if not all) of which have won awards. He has also written three picture books of his own. CLIMB ON! will release in February, and as you can see below, he's been paired with Jacqueline again.
I'm just going to drop the covers here for you to admire. If you want more learn more and/or buy any of these books, you can go to Baptiste Paul's website.
Rhyming Picture Books Course
Those of you who know me know that I'm a children's poet, and you might know that I've been looking for the right instructor to teach this particular course for almost three years now. There have been some disappointments along the way, but this course Miranda and Baptiste are creating makes up for all of that.
So, let me tell you why I'm excited about this course. Among other things, it's going to include:
- how to evaluate (on line-by-line and stanza-by-stanza levels) a rhythmic or rhyming text
- different processes that writers and artists use to turn a poem or song into an actual book with 32 pages, illustrations, and page turns
- several tips, tricks, and revision techniques to swap out bad rhymes and strengthen stories
- techniques of good pitches and queries for rhyming books
We're still in the process of making this Rhyming Picture Books course, so it isn't available to purchase on our website. We hope to have it available by the end of January. If you'd like a free preview of the course, Miranda and Baptiste Paul will be teaching a free live workshop on January 10, which you can register for here. If you're in our Makers Pro membership, you'll automatically have access to the new course with live workshops in mid-January.
I'm giving away a copy of one of the books featured above. The winner can choose. Just comment on this blog post to enter.
For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together). If you attend or watch the replay of the free live workshop on January 10, let me know one thing you learned in the comments, and I will add another entry.
I’ll close the contest at midnight, Pacific Time, on January 12. Thanks for reading and sharing!