Bestselling Author Jane Yolen Wows With New Picture Books and Graphic Novel
Award-winning, bestselling author Jane Yolen has long served as a mentor to other writers, and the variety of genres she masters in several new books illustrates why.
Readers ages 5-8 can snuggle up with Sister Bear: A Norse Tale adapted from a traditional Norwegian folktale. In Yolen’s version, a girl named Halva raises an abandoned bear cub. Soon, Sister Bear is hunting for Halva’s family, running by the side of her sleigh, and even dancing to the music of her flute. When Halva takes Sister Bear to visit the king of Denmark, Sister Bear helps Halva defeat a nasty group of giant trolls. Richly detailed illustrations by Linda Graves transport readers to Scandinavia.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters is a gentle, rhyming read-aloud about two little monsters who go to school, play outside, take a bath, and finally settle down to sleep. Kids ages 3-5 will identify with these lovable creatures, illustrated with colorful, whimsical paintings by Kelly Murphy.
Yolen’s versatility is on display in The Last Dragon, a graphic novel for young adults, spectacularly illustrated in full color by renowned fantasy artist Rebecca Guay. Dragons haven’t been seen on the islands of May for centuries. Now a dragon threatens to destroy a village, and only the healer’s daughter and a reluctant kite-flying hero can stop it. Yolen draws on her deep knowledge of myth, magic, and folklore to craft a compelling, lyrical story of adventure and heroism.
Older readers can journey to the mountains of West Virginia with Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All, a novel for readers ages 10 and up set in early twentienth-century Appalachia. Summer’s life with her family feels like a happy fairy tale. But when Mama and the new baby die soon after childbirth, things take a a dark turn. Father remarries, and it looks like Stepmama, with her poisons and magical mirrors, has some secret plans that Summer is powerless to stop.
Yolen’s power as a poet is evident in Self-Portrait With Seven Fingers: The Life of Marc Chagall in Verse, co-authored with the Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, and illustrated with paintings by Chagall. This collection of fourteen poems pays homage to the life and art of Chagall, a Jewish-Russian artist who achieved international renown as one of the great modernist painters of the 20th century.
This season, Yolen also continues her bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series with a board book, How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? Pre-schoolers will delight in the rollicking rhymes and awesome dragons in this fun read-aloud.
Newsweek dubbed award-winning, bestselling author Jane Yolen “the Hans Christian Andersen of America.” She has been called a “modern day equivalent of Aesop” by The New York Times, and has been featured several times on NPR. Yolen’s work has been honored with some of the publishing industry’s most distinguished awards, including a Caldecott Medal, a Caldecott Honor, two Nebula awards, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. Her body-of-work awards include the Catholic Library Association’s Regina Medal, the University of Minnesota’s Kerlan Award, and World Fantasy’s Life Achievement Award, and she’s received six honorary doctorates. Visit her online at www.janeyolen.com.
5 Writing Tips From Jane Yolen:
1. Anchor your characters with action.
2. Find the right word.
3. Read what you’ve written out loud.
4. Exercise the writing muscle.
5. Have fun writing.
Renowned author Jane Yolen has written more than 300 books and often serves as a mentor to other writers.
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