June 21, 2017

SCBWI Kite Tales, "Ask an Editor" column, "Submissions to Agents"

June 20, 2017

Book review of historical picture book, Renato and the Lion by Barbara DiLorenzo.

May 1, 2017

Book review of picture book, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt; illustrated by Adam Rex.

March 29, 2017

SCBWI Kite Tales, "Ask an Editor" column, "What is New Adult?"

March 28, 2017

Book review of middle-grade novel, Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel by Kimberly Willis Holt.

March 24, 2017

Book review of wordless board book, Brick by Brick by Guiulano Ferri.

March 21, 2017

Book review of middle-grade novel, Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe.

March 2017 issue of Highlights High Five magazine. "Shoebox Guitar" by Christine Van Zandt.

February 1, 2017

Book review of YA girl spy thriller, The Cruelty, by Scott Bergstrom.

January 29, 2017

Workshop for West Coast Writers' Speculative Fiction Conference, "The Query Letter Workshop."

January 28, 2017

Speaker for SCBWI, "How to Self-Edit your Children's Book."

January 27, 2017

Proud supporter of Multicultural Children's Book Day.

January 24, 2017

Book review of (mostly) wordless picture book, Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell.

January 9, 2017

Book review of rhyming picture book, Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts.

January 1, 2017

Participant in 12 x 12  Challenge: twelve picture books in twelve months.

December 26, 2016

In celebration of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, an SCBWI interview with his daughter, Lucy Dahl: "Why Roald Dahl's Stories Resonate with Children Today"

December 19, 2016

Christmas tree-themed holiday children's book reviews include:

- The Christmas Eve Tree written by Delia Huddy, illustrated by Emily Sutton

- The Great Spruce written by John Duvall, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

- Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree written and illustrated by Lori Nichols

December 13, 2016

Advent-calendar-style children's picture book review written by Big Picture Press, illustrated by Debbie Powell.

December 6, 2016

Nonfiction children's book review of astronaut Chris Hadfield's The Darkest Dark, illustrated by The Fan Brothers.

October 25, 2016

Witch-themed children's book reviews include:

- Picture book Goblin Hood by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Piper Thibodeau

- Picture book Grimelda, the Very Messy Witch by Diana Murray, illustrated by Heather Ross

- First book in a new middle-grade series, Hubble Bubble: The Super Spooky Fright Night by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Joe Berger

October 17, 2016

Book review of Jon Klassen's We Found a Hat, the much-awaited conclusion to his picture book "hat" trilogy including Theodor Seuss Geisel award winner, I Want My Hat Back (2011) and Caldecott Medal recipient, This is Not My Hat (2012).

October 12, 2016

SCBWI's Kite Tales, "Ask an Editor" column, "Word Count for Middle Grade and Young Adult."

September 28, 2016

SCBWI Kite Tales interview with Booki Vivat, author and illustrator of middle-grade illustrated novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom.

August 22, 2016

Book review of James Dean's picture book, Pete the Cat's Got Class.

July 13, 2016

SCBWI Kite Tales interview with Carl Angel, illustrator of magic realism picture book, The Girl Who Saved Yesterday.

July 13, 2016

Book review of Amy Young's picture book, A Unicorn Named Sparkle.

July 8, 2016

SCBWI's Kite Tales, "Ask an Editor" column, "Why are Picture Books Printed Vertically?"

June 22, 2016

SCBWI's Kite Tales interview with Shannon Hale, author of The Princess in Black middle-grade chapter book series.

June 22, 2016

Book review of Julius Lester's magic realism picture book, The Girl Who Saved Yesterday. Illustrated by Carl Angel.

June 13, 2016

Book review of Elisa Carbone's nonfiction Victory Garden historical fiction picture book, Diana's White House Garden. Illustrated by Jen Hill.

June 8, 2016

SCBWI's Kite Tales, "Ask an Editor" column, "Why are Picture Books 32 Pages?"

June 2, 2016

Book review of Karlin Gray's picture book, Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still, commemorates Nadia Comaneci's fourth anniversary Olympic perfection. Illustrated by Christine Davenier.

May 24, 2016

Book review of Pat Miller's nonfiction picture book, The Whole Story of the Doughnut. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch.

May 21, 2016

Co-host at SCBWI's "Cover Letters and Query Letters" LitMingle in Pasadena.

May 3, 2016
Book review of Julia Denos's picture book, Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color.

April 6, 2016
Book review of Hudson Talbott's "myth of origin" picture book, From Wolf of Woof: The Story of Dogs.

February 16, 2016
Book review of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale's third Princess in Black middle-grade chapter book, The Princess in Black and the Angry Bunny Horde. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

February 12, 2016

"Creating a Newbery-Honor Book, an Interview with Victoria Jamieson." Christine gets the scoop from Jamieson, the roller-derby skating mom, who is also the author and illustrator of this highly acclaimed middle-grade graphic novel.

February 5, 2016

Christine's interview for SCBWI's Kite Tales with best-selling children's picture book author, Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home). Read the article: "Coloring Outside the Lines with Drew Daywalt."

January 22, 2016

Two Views, Same Book for SCBWI's Kite Tales. Read the article: "Therese Makes a Tapestry, Part 2: Author, Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs."

January 20, 2016

Two Views, Same Book for SCBWI's Kite Tales. Read the article: "Therese Makes a Tapestry, Part 1: Illustrator, Renee Graef."

January 19, 2016

Book review of Alexandra S. D. Hinrichs's historical fiction children's picture book, Therese Makes a Tapestry. Illustrated by Renee Graef.

January 13, 2016

"Interview with Brenda Drake of Pitch Wars" for SCBWI's Kite Tales publication.

October 2015

See Christine's October 6, 2015, review of William Kamkwamba nonfiction children's picture book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Co-authored by Bryan Mealer; illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon.

More October 2015

It's that time of year again: National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st! Check back to see which write-ins I will be hosting this year.  Los Angeles NaNo writers, we have over 19,000 members! Go to the NaNo site(http://nanowrimo.org/about) to join the kick-off parties. Look for swag bags.

My company, Write for Success, has donated a $200 editing gift certificate again this year. May the odds be ever in your favor!


Christine is the founder of The Writer's Circle of Los Angeles, a free workshopping group open to writers of all genres. Writer's Circle of Los Angeles meets weekday mornings for coffee, friendship, and constructive criticism. Some weeks we have been focusing on children's picture book, middle-grade novels, and YA; however, we are open to both children's and adult writing. Current participants write novels, memoir, screenplay, short stories, articles--you name it.

If you live in Los Angeles and can meet in the Los Feliz area on weekday mornings, please e-mail Christine at christinej_68@yahoo.com for more information on how to participate.


Christine Van Zandt - writer, editor, mom