Centering “Heart” in Picture Books: How Writing—and Illustrating—What You Know Can Be the Key to Your Project’s Success

Apr 07, 2024

Online event

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Authors and illustrators are often told to create “what they know.” But what does that really mean? When it comes to children’s picture books (fiction and nonfiction), how do you parlay your experience into a project that will resonate with publishers and, ultimately, readers? And how does a creator balance the personal with the commercial? In this hour-long-webinar, Chronicle Books Senior Editor Naomi Kirsten will explore examples of titles on her list that reflect successful examples of “picture books with heart,” and share ways to effectively position and present your project to a publisher.

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Meet Our Presenter

Naomi Kirsten is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California where she acquires and edits picture books, novelty board books, board books, games, stationery, and novelty with a focus on art-driven projects with broad consumer and international appeal. Naomi’s notable and award-winning titles include New York Times Notable Book THERE MUST BE MORE THAN THAT!; New York Time Notable Book and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner THE BEAR’S SONG; New York Times Best Illustrated Book THE BORING BOOK; NEIGHBORS, winner of the 2021 Bologna Ragazzi Award Opera Prima 2021; and TWO NEW YEARS, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award and the National Jewish Book Award in 2024. She also develops publishing programs with NASA, LucasFilm, Marc Boutavant, Benjamin Chaud, Marianna Coppo, Taro Gomi, and Richard McGuire, among others.

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Event Price & Zoom Info

This event is $15 for premium members and $25 for all other registered users. Once you have registered for the event, the zoom link and details will show up in the 'My Events' tab of your member page. The zoom link will also be emailed to participants leading up to the event date and the recording information will be sent out after the event.