Patricia Newman says, “I write because I can’t imagine not writing. I write for myself and for the kid who tells me he has read Jingle the Brass 15 times.” Newman was a reluctant writer in elementary school. When she speaks with students, she shares why she changed her mind about writing and why she loves it so much now. Her presentations incorporate examples from her books, costumes, skits, and a lively question & answer format that engages students.
Eureka! Silver Honor Award for Nonfiction (Nugget on the Flight Deck)
Junior Library Guild Selection (Jingle the Brass)
Smithsonian selection (Jingle the Brass)
Newman has also written several articles for children's and adult magazines. She is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and her talks often include anecdotes from the 120+ children's authors and illustrators she has interviewed. Newman is a graduate of Cornell University, a former teacher, and a regional advisor of SCBWI's California North/Central region.
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