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Young writers are encouraged to persevere even when words don’t come in Deborah Hopkinson’s The Story of a Story. With gentle encouragement and simple instruction, she reminds readers that their stories matter and deserve to be told – and with a little bit of effort, commitment and quiet focus, their stories will unfold one word at a time. A tiny chickadee gently plucking seeds from a pine cone inspires the story’s stumped protagonist, and prompts at the book’s conclusion encourage readers to write their own story about a chickadee. Hadley Hooper’s illustrations imagine a cozy writing space and demonstrate alternating moments of frustration and inspiration familiar to writers of all ages.
Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 50 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. Recent titles include the picture book Mindful Day and middle grade nonfiction We Had to be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kingertransport. Her book Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark won a 2017 Oregon Book Award, and Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, was a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.
Hadley Hooper is an illustrator and fine artist. In addition to a successful gallery career and wide experience with editorial illustration, Hooper has illustrated nine picture books, created packaging for food and drink products, and designed posters for multiple opera and theater companies around the U.S. Her studio is in Denver’s historic La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Ages 5 to 8