Hear legend Jane Yolen, the Hans Christian Anderson of America, talk about what it really takes to be a successful picture book author, how she published hundreds of books, and most importantly, how you can too.
In this 45-minute keynote presentation from Picture Book Summit 2016, Emma Walton Hamilton interviews legendary picture book author Jane Yolen. Jane shares everything from her daily routine to working on multiple manuscripts at the same time to how to handle rejection. (And, yes, even Jane Yolen gets rejection letters!)
Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.
Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.
Jane lives in a Victorian farmhouse in Western Massachusetts where
she holds yearly writers retreats along with her daughter Heidi, the
little girl in Owl Moon. She also has a house in Scotland where she can
be seen strolling through the neighborhood of St. Andrews four months of