Author Archives: Melissa Ackerman

AWC Podcast Series: Little Rex, Big Brother

Today we are talking with author Ruth Symes about her picture book, Little Rex, Big Brother as well as teaching children’s book writing.  Click below to listen to the podcast.     Ruth Symes write books for all ages and has … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: Ghostwriting and a Pumpkin Head

We would like to expand upon last week’s podcast topic, ghostwriting, and here with us is Boxcar Children ghostwriter Theresa Golding to give us more insights into how she spins new stories for the eighty-plus-year-old-series.  Click below to listen to our … Continue reading

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A Step into the Boxcar

By Josalyn Moran Putnam, Connecticut is home to the Gertrude Warner Museum — a town of sorts — replete with the buildings in which Gertrude Chandler Warner led her life…the houses in which she lived, the church she attended, and … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: Ghostwriting The Boxcar Children

Today we are talking with Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon, the ghostwriters behind many of The Boxcar Children books, including the recent Cupcake Caper. We talk about the rewards of writing characters for long-running series, screenplays of upcoming blockbusters, and … Continue reading

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Larger than life at the Frankfurt Fair

By Josalyn Moran When I think of the book fair, I think of everything larger than life…the sculptures around the fairgrounds… like the Hammering Man, a large kinetic sculpture created by Jonathan Borofsky that stands at the foot of the … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: Cornelia Maude Spelman

Today we are fortunate enough to speak with writer, artist, and clinical social worker Cornelia Maude Spelman.  We discuss her body of work ranging from children’s books to her own memoir and how they represent a life’s journey through the … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: Baby Goes Beep

Today we are talking with author Rebecca O’Connell about her books Danny is Done with Diapers and Baby Goes Beep. Click below to listen. (RT: 3:00)   Rebecca O’Connell is a writer, teacher, and librarian.  She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: In the Garden with Dr. Carver

George Washington Carver is known largely for his work with the peanut. He developed hundreds of different uses for it including peanut butter; but he did so much more to grow agricultural education as Susan Grigsby writes about in her … Continue reading

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AWC Podcast Series: Climbing Lincoln’s Steps

Today I am talking with author Suzanne Slade, author of the picture book Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey.  Listen as we discuss civil rights and the steps of change. (RT: 7:43) To see Marion Anderson’s speech, one of the … Continue reading

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You, me, (I?) and a little pet peeve

Grammatical pet peeves.  Those pesky little mistakes that people make in speech or writing that make your skin crawl as you ask yourself if you are the last truly educated person on this planet.  We all have them.  I surveyed … Continue reading

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