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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?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481472098
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,127,926
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.

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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