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To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! KidLitCon2019 Panel

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands

Five debut picture book creators from Epic Eighteen share what they have learned about marketing their work, discussing what you can do to bring your book to the attention of readers, educators, bloggers, and parents; ways to share the load by banding together to help one another get the word out; and how to survive the experience intact if the whole endeavor is outside your comfort zone.

Traci Sorell

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She will do Speed Critiques for two manuscripts.

Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, features the universal value of gratitude through a panorama of modern-day Cherokee cultural practices and experiences across the four seasons. Illustrated by Frané Lessac and published by Charlesbridge Publishing, the book is a Junior Library Guild selection and received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Shelf Awareness and The Horn Book. Traci is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma where her tribe is located. For more about Traci and her other forthcoming works, visit www.tracisorell.com.

Michelle Cusolito

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Michelle Cusolito is a former grade 4 teacher, curriculum developer, and National Board Certified Teacher. She won a PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for the manuscript, Flying Deep. Since its publication, Flying Deep received great reviews from The Horn Book, Booklist, SLJ and a STARRED review from Kirkus. It was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and one of the Washington Posts “Best New Books for Children and Young Adults” last spring. To learn more about Michelle, visit  http://www.michellecusolito.com/.

Sarah Lynne Reul

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Sarah Lynne Reul is an illustrator, writer and award-winning animator who likes science, tiny things and drawing on photos.  Originally from Brooklyn, she now lives near Boston with her family.  After some years in science museum education, she was lured back to school by the magic of making drawings come to life.  Armed with an MFA in 2D animation, Sarah Lynne now strives to pack the energy of animation into each illustration. She is the author/illustrator of THE BREAKING NEWS (Roaring Brook), ALLIE ALL ALONG (Sterling), PET THE PETS (Little Simon) and FARM THE FARM, out in 2019.


Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. Her author/illustrator debut LOVE, MAMA  was published by Roaring Brook in 2018. It contains no cities, pastries, or trains, but was made with lots of love. She is also co-editor and illustrator of the forthcoming anthology TAKING THE MIC: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING CHANGE (Charlesbridge, 2020), and illustrator of the forthcoming BOOK BABIES (Viking, 2020).  She currently lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Moderator: Christy Mihaly

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She will do Speed Critiques for two manuscripts.

Christy Mihaly has published a half-dozen nonfiction books for kids about topics including moose, redwoods, fashion, math, and how to cook (and eat) a cricket. Her debut picture book, Hey, Hey, Hay! (A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them) is a rhyming celebration of making hay. It was illustrated by Joe Cepeda and published by Holiday House. Christy also writes children’s poetry, articles, and stories, and blogs about children’s literature. She writes overlooking a Vermont hayfield, under the careful supervision of her dog and cat. For more information, please visit www.christymihaly.com.

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

To Market, to Market! Getting your picture book into readers’ hands! KidLitCon2019 Panel

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