Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids

Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids


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From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today.

Everyone’s story begins somewhere...

For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license.
For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw.
For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft.
For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories.

Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481472098
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 441,482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of The Short Seller, Nerd Camp, Nerd Camp 2.0, Standing for Socks, The Trouble with Mark Hopper, and the editor of Our Story Begins. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit her at EBWeissman.com.

Other contributors include Kwame Alexander, Tom Angleberger, Kathi Appelt, Ashley Bryan, Tim Federle, Candace Fleming, Marla Frazee, Chris Gall, Alex Gino, Chris Grabenstein, Gordon Korman, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Thanhhà Lai, Peter Lerangis, Gail Carson Levine, Grace Lin, Yuyi Morales, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, R.J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park, Eric Rohmann, Dan Santat, Brian Selznick, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and Rita Williams-Garcia.

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Our Story Begins

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    1 Dan Santat 5

    2 R. J. Palacio 11

    3 Maria Frazee 17

    4 Jarrett J. Krosoczka 25

    5 Thanhhà Lai 31

    6 Eric Rohmann 35

    7 Linda Sue Park 39

    8 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 43

    9 Gordon Korman 51

    10 Elissa Brent Weissman 57

    11 Kathi Appelt 65

    12 Gail Carson Levine 71

    13 Chris Gall 75

    14 Rita Williams-Garcia 81

    15 Cynthia Leitich Smith 93

    16 Peter Lerangis 97

    17 Candace Fleming 103

    18 Brian Selznick 111

    19 Tom Angleberger 117

    20 Alex Gino 129

    21 Tim Federle 137

    22 Kwame Alexander 149

    23 Grace Lin 155

    24 Chris Grabenstein 169

    25 Yuyi Morales 177

    26 Ashley Bryan 185

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