Picture Books

  1. What Do You See?

    (Odyssey Books, Sept. 2009)   

  1. Stinky Feet

    (Odyssey Books, 2014)

Favorite Writing Links:

Verla Kay’s Message Boards
 Jean Reidy
Ellen Jackson
Cheryl Klein
Darcy Pattison
Literary Rambles 
Mark McVeigh
Just Kidding
Rachel Hamby
Alison Formento
Children’s Book Insider

 Hanna Hudson[Instructor Magazine]
Kelly Loughman [Library Sparks Magazine]


Links for Writing Tools
1. Word Frequency Counter 
 2.  Zotero 
 Keeps track of your sources 
 Cliche Cleaner  Identifies clichés 
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Magazine Articles, and Stories: 


•  Fun for Kidz Magazine: “A Lesson in Silence”, "HowToTell a Story." (11/08 & 4/12) 

•  Hopscotch Magazine: “Bear'sTale” April, 2012

  1. Family Fun Magazine: "Button Bouquets" (spring 2008) 

  2. LibrarySparks Magazine Articles


Books for Teachers/Librarians:

   Jump Start Your Library  Series -- Levels A, B, C (UpStart Books, 2008)

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Hanna Hudson, an editor at Instructor Magazine, kindly consented to answer a few questions about submitting articles to her.  I share phone interview with all of you who have great ideas that can help children experience the joy and excitement of learning.  Start writing.

What are you looking for in submissions?

The first thing would be a feeling or since that the reader has read our magazine and knows the kinds of articles we publish. [They also need] to have an idea of whether the piece might fit into our magazine and in which section.

What makes a submission stand out?

If someone says this would be a great idea for your Quick Ideas section and if it is something we haven’t done recently, that always helps.  If the writer can speak to some experiences that they have had as a teacher or librarian and they can surprise me with something I haven’t heard before, that’s also a plus.

What would you like people to know about your preferences?

Let me tell you about what I do.  I work with Instructor Magazine, for teachers and librarians in grades K-8.  And then I work for the Administrator Magazine that is for administrators and technology specialists.  For Instructor Magazine, I edit the Quick Ideas section in the back of the magazine.  It includes the grade-by-grade ideas and tips, so I’m always looking for ideas in that section. The ideas are more curriculum and skill based.  For instance, we want to do articles on one particular skill, like making predictions in books. It’s also nice if you can identify the activity’s grade level.  We use preK-K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and have two mini articles for each of those sections in every issue.  We usually work 4-6 months ahead. Then I also edit some of the features for Instructor.  What I’m looking for there is usually a little bit bigger, like “10 Great Picture Books and Related Crafts”, though it can also be more curricular based.  We also look for articles about teachers’ experiences, career oriented articles about things teachers can do to make more money, or unique experiences teachers might seek.

What is the best way to gain entry to writing for your magazine?

--really just to know the magazine well and to make that clear in the query.  I work with new writers all the time, so I think it’s relative easy in a query to show that you know the magazine and have new ideas. We’re relatively open to working with new writers--I think it’s easy to break in. 

How important are cover letters?

These are pretty important.  I would suggest querying first without writing anything because we do have very particular needs.  We assign out a lot of pieces based on what we are thinking.  So if you send me a query letter and it’s not quite right, I might have been so intrigued by your ideas, that I’d have you either tweak the query or do something else we need that are related.  So I actually like to see just a query.

How important are writing credits?

I think that is always good to see writing credits.  I do work with a lot of teachers and educators who have written for publication before.  It always helps

What turns you off?

--if it’s very obvious that it’s not going to fit into what we do, or if it doesn’t fit our style and tone.  Since I work in the quick ideas section, we try to print articles that will reach the most teachers possible, so we are probably not going to run an article about something really specific that few teachers would teach, like Colorado History.  That’s only applicable to a narrow group of teachers.  But if you did something about Gold Rush and talked about it a little more generally, that might be something we’d be interested in.  Even better than that would be something that is skilled based, because we are really focused on the standards. (like map reading activities or using primary sources)

Do you have any other recommendations for writers who want to write for your magazine?

Using the standards is a good way to think about what we like to do.  If you can say that teachers have to teach such-and-such skill, then we are more likely to pay attention, because our readers always ask us to have things tied to the standards. And it’s actually pretty easy now that all of the states have adopted the common standards.  You can read them online. One site that we use for standards is mcrel.org. 

Thank you for sharing this information, Hannah.  I will pass it on to the people in my upcoming CAL workshop and to anyone else who stops by my web site.

Hanna Hudson welcomes your queries via email at: hthudson@gmail.com

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