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On the bus with Joanna Cole : a creative autobiography / by Joanna Cole, with Wendy Saul.

By: Cole, Joanna.
Contributor(s): Saul, Wendy.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Creative sparks: Publisher: Portsmouth, N.H. : Heinemann, c1996Description: 56 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0435081314 (acid-free paper); 9780435081317 (acid-free paper).Subject(s): Cole, Joanna -- Juvenile literature | Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Children's literature -- Authorship -- Juvenile literature | Authors, American | Authors, American Biography Juvenile literature 20th century | Authorship | Children's literature Juvenile literature Authorship | Cole, Joanna | Cole, Joanna Juvenile literature | Women BiographyDDC classification: 813/.54 | B Other classification: 17.97 | 18.06 | 7,26 Summary: The author discusses her life, how she came to be a writer, where she gets her ideas from, and what is involved in producing a book.
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The author discusses her life, how she came to be a writer, where she gets her ideas from, and what is involved in producing a book.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6‘In these welcome well-designed titles, longer and slightly more challenging than those in the "Meet the Author" series (Richard C. Owen), two popular creators of children's books show how they do what they do. Cole traces her passion for informational writing to her love of a well-reasoned argument honed at her family's dinner table while growing up. She talks about why she writes, how she gets and develops ideas, and tells the story behind the creation of "The Magic School Bus" series (Scholastic), illustrated by Bruce Degen. This attractive title is chock-full of colorful pictures, by various artists, from Cole's many books, as well as photographs of family and colleagues. McPhail explains his need to write in some place other than home, how he and his editors negotiate ideas, and the steps involved in illustrating a book. A page from his drawing book, a dummy from The Magical Adventures of Moony B. Finch and thumb-nail sketches show children, his thought processes and preparation for a book. Many original black-line, watercolor pictures of his familiar bears and pigs decorate the pages as well. Both Cole and McPhail emphasize the need for revision and getting things right, often in collaboration with others. They obviously love their work. These excellent and very personal titles support many areas of the elementary curriculum and lend enthusiastic encouragement to anyone interested in the creation of children's books.‘Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joanna Cole was born in Newark, New Jersey on August 11, 1944. She attended the University of Massachusetts, Indiana University, and City College of New York where she earned a degree in Psychology. <p> Ms. Cole has worked as an elementary school teacher, a librarian, and a children's book editor. As a child, she loved science and explaining things and this is why she started writing children's books. She writes fiction and non-fiction titles. Her most well-known series are the Magic School Bus and the "Body." <p> Cole's books have received a number of honors. A Horse's Body and A Snake's Body were both named Outstanding Science Trade Books for children by the joint committee of the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council. In 1982, A Snake's Body was named a Children's Choice Book by the joint committee of the International Reading Association and the Children's Book Council. Both A Cat's Body and A Bird's Body were Junior Literary Guild selections. In 1991, she was awarded the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction award. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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