Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Authors to Assemble for Much Ado Panel Sharing Joy of Children's Books

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Authors to Assemble for Much Ado Panel Sharing Joy of Children's Books

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Joining Laura McGee Kvasnosky on "The Joy of Children's Books" panel at Much Ado About Books are the following authors:

-- Hal Higdon: He has written more than 25 books and dozens of articles about running for adults, and he has written about a dozen non-fiction books about sports topics for young adult readers. Currently, he has a picture book for children ages 3 to 6, up on his Internet site, www.halhigdon.com. The book, called Run, Dogs Run, is illustrated by Dana Summers. He is an editorial cartoonist for The Orlando Sentinel who also works on The Middletons and Bound & Gagged comic strips for Tribune Media Services.

Higdon is interested in what part e-books play in modern children's literature.

"Kids are learning to read in multiple forms now," Higdon said. "One of those is online. So many things are interactive now, we have to figure out how to form a bridge between books and . . . stuff like Game Boys."

Higdon lives in Long Beach, Ind., part of the year and has a second home in Ponte Vedra Beach.

-- Marcia S. Freeman: She has written more than 25 books including fiction and non-fiction for children and instructional books for teachers about teaching writing.

"Too often, non-fiction information for kids is in an awful, boring form," Freeman said.

To fix that problem, Freeman offers three suggestions:

1. Make the writing graceful by using literary devices such as similes and metaphors.

2. Use strong verbs. "Don't write, 'Here is a mother squirrel in her nest;' Instead write, 'A mother squirrel scurries around building her nest.' "

3. Talk directly to the reader using words such as "you" and "we." Don't say "the human body." Say, "your body."

Freeman lives in Sarasota, and her work includes Catfish and Spaghetti, Prairie Light, Push and Pull and Going to the City. …

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