Instructor Stories: Miranda Paul
Miranda Paul has written some of my favorite nonfiction picture books, so I was thrilled when she agreed to teach a mini-class for Storyteller Academy on writing nonfiction picture books. You can see all of Miranda's awards and honors here. Miranda is also a literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
If you're part of our membership, you should have access to “Nonfiction Picture Books with Miranda Paul” already. And if you're not, you'll have a chance to join on Black Friday (before Miranda's live review in December).
But you don't have to be in the membership or take Miranda's class to enter to win one of her picture books. I'll have more information at the end of this post.
Here's a fun YouTube video of Miranda talking about her process.
Nonfiction Picture Books
I thought Miranda was incredibly generous with her own experience, including sharing early drafts of her own books to help students revise.
Miranda takes you through her process for
- choosing the best idea
- determining whether to write a nonfiction or informational picture book
- choosing the best structure or format
- how to write a bibliography and other back matter
- paginating a picture book manuscript
- how to write a query
- and more!
She also includes a long recommended reading list and resources that she uses to research her subject matter.
Best of all, there's a live workshop on December 5 at noon, PST, where Miranda will answer questions and review some student manuscripts and queries. I can't wait!
Miranda has too many picture books to share in this post, so I'm going to share some of my favorites. They aren't all nonfiction, but a lot of those that aren't have informational aspects.
WATER IS WATER is my favorite.
You may have noticed that sometimes Miranda writes picture books with her husband, Baptiste Paul, who also writes his own picture books.
Book Giveaway Details
I will be giving away a copy of one of Miranda Paul's books. Any book written by Miranda Paul (with or without Baptiste) is an option. To enter, just comment on this post with the book you'd like to win. You don't have to be a student or buy anything to enter.
If you're outside the United States, just choose a book carried by Book Depository.
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).
I’ll close the contest at midnight, Pacific Time, on September 30. That gives you a week to enter. Thanks for reading and sharing!
Myrna Foster writes and edits content for Storyteller Academy and the WriteRiders Newsletter for SCBWI Nevada. She has spent a lot of time teaching and coaching children, including five years as a preschool teacher. She's also worked as a journalist, and Highlights High Five has published six of her poems.
Arree Chung is an author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree’s Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award.
Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.