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Mom’s Choice Awards Interviews Holly Niner April 21, 2017

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Blog Post taken from Mom’s Choice Awards
Originally Published April 20, 2017

Today we’re sharing the second post in our new interview series where we chat with the inventors, designers, publishers, and others behind some of our favorite family-friendly products.

We were fortunate enough to speak with Holly L. Niner, author of the Mom’s Choice Award-winning children’ book, The Day I Ran Way. We loved hearing her perspective on writing, reading, and parenting. The full interview is published below.

MCA: The Day I Ran Away is about a little girl who throws a tantrum, gets banished to her room, and runs away. Why write a children’s book about this? What was your inspiration?

Holly L. Niner, author of The Day I Ran Away

The idea for The Day I Ran Away came from an America’s Funniest Home Video I saw on TV in the early 2000s. A little boy was outside his house with his back pack asking, “how can I run away when I’m not allowed to cross the street?” For me, that captured a dilemma of childhood. You want to be grown up, but you can’t. It captured a feeling that’s not just relegated to children; haven’t we all wished we could run away at some point? But maybe what we really need­­—as both children and adults—is just a “timeout” from our real or perceived troubles.Holly Niner: Story ideas come from many places. A little snippet of something seems to stick in the “what if” side of my brain and sometimes turns into a story.  I try to write those snippets down as they come to me or else the day-to-day of life may push it out of my brain forever. (more…)

Obscure Children’s Books By Celebrated Authors of Adult Fiction January 13, 2013

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Written by Simon Van BooyIllustrated by Wendy Edelson

Written by Simon Van Booy
Illustrated by Wendy Edelson

Simon Van Booy – a contemporary, award-winning author of adult literature (The Secret Lives of People in Love, Everything Beautiful Began After) – is also the author of the children’s picture book, Pobble’s Way.

Here are some other little-known children’s books by beloved authors of adult literature.

Donna Earnhardt’s post on PiBoIdMo! October 28, 2012

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PiBoIdMo= Picture Book Idea Month

Thirty ideas in thirty days wrapped in unlimited potential!

http://taralazar.com/2012/10/26/pre-pibo-day-2-donna-w-earnhardt/

That Cat Can’t Stay gets CWA Certificate of Excellence November 8, 2010

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That Cat Can’t Stay (Thad Krasnesky & David Parkins) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the Books for Children category by the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc (CWA). All Certificate of Excellence winners are also finalists for the CWA Muse Medallion, to be announced at the Awards Banquet on November 20th, part of the CWA Annual Conference. Author Thad Krasnesky will be attending the Awards Banquet. We’re thrilled to share this award with Jane Yolen’s book How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats.

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