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General Information

Name:  Anne Whitford Paul  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: Evanston, Illinois

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Biographical and Professional Information

Ann Whitford Paul is a writer of children's picture books and early readers who published her first book, Owl at Night, in 1985.

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Titles At Your Library

Owl at Night
ISBN: 0356135128

Macdonald. 1987

Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet
ISBN: 0064434648

HarperCollins. 1996

"Paul provides information about pioneer life through speculation about the origins of 26 quilt patterns, one for each letter of the alphabet. The variety of colors and designs makes the quilts themselves the real stars of the book [and] will [encourage] students to develop their own creations in cloth or on paper." —SLJ.

Outstanding Books of 1991 (NYT)
Notable 1991 Childrens' Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
Books for Vacation Reading (NYT)

Shadows Are About
ISBN: 0590448439

Scholastic. 1996

Shadows are alive, climbing, spinning, swooping, and stretching with everything around them during the bright sunny day but when night falls the shadows disappear

Hello Toes! Hello Feet!
ISBN: 0439045339

Scholastic. 0

Silly Sadie, Silly Samuel: Ready-to-read Level 2
ISBN: 0689816901

Aladdin. 2001

Despite being happily married and very much in love, Sadie and Samuel simply cannot see things in the same light and so argue over everything, in an amusing tale for beginning readers. Reprint.

All by Herself
ISBN: 0152014772

Harcourt Children's Books. 1999

Amelia Earhart, Golda Meir, Pocahontas, Rachel Carson, Wanda Gg, Wilma Rudolph, and other determined young women--both famous and less familiar--took risks and made sacrifices to do brave things. Each of these inspiring poems proves that every girl, no matter who she is or where she lives, is capable of making a difference.

Everything to Spend the Night From A to Z
ISBN: 0789481863

DK Publishing. 2001

Grandpa! Grandpa! Come and see the things I brought for you and me--I packed my bag. I filled it tight with ... Everything to Spend the Night! What's in the overnight bag? Find out in this lively alphabet book that captures all the delights of spending a night away from home--nonstop fun from A to Z!

Little Monkey Says Good Night
ISBN: 0374346097

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 2003

Never has saying good night been so much fun

Before he goes to bed, Little Monkey insists that he has to say good night to all the performers under the Big Top tent: Ringmaster, Elephant, Strong Man, the Clowns, and, of course, Mama. In the process he becomes part of the performance himself – until finally even Little Monkey can’t delay bedtime any longer, and there is only one last good night to be said – “Good night, Me!”

Pictures packed with funny antics, whimsy, and affection capture all the charm of Little Monkey – while this simple, playful text will have even the youngest listeners chiming in with their own “Good Night!”

Manana, Iguana
ISBN: 0823419800

Holiday House. 2005

Iguana is planning a fiesta, but her lazy trio of friends loses out in this clever update of the story of the Little Red Hen, with a Mexican twist. A glossary of Spanish words is included.

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication
ISBN: 1582975566

Writer's Digest Books. 2009

Create engaging stories for the youngest readers!

Writing picture books takes a unique set of skills. After all, you only have thirty-two pages to bring your story to life for readers ages two to eight, and the adults in their lives. Your text must be tightly focused yet leave room for illustrations to tell part of the story. And, of course, picture books should be a joy to read aloud.

Award-winning author Ann Whitford Paul helps you develop the skills you need by walking you through techniques and exercises specifically for picture book writers. You'll find:
  • Instruction on generating ideas, creating characters, point of view, beginnings and endings, plotting, word count, rhyme, and more
  • Unique methods for using poetic techniques to enrich your writing and make your manuscript sing
  • Hands-on revision exercises (get out your scissors, tape, and highlighters) to help you identify problems and improve your picture book manuscripts
  • Tips on researching the picture book market and approaching publishers
Whether you're just starting out as a picture book writer or have tried unsuccessfully to get your work published, Writing Picture Books is just what you need to craft picture books that will appeal to young readers and parents, agents, and editors.


Carl Sandburg Award for Literature

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