Cheryl B. Klein

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Cheryl B. Klein is the author of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults, and three children's picture books: Wings, illustrated by Tomie DePaola; Thunder Trucks, cowritten with Katy Beebe and illustrated by Mike Boldt; and A Year of Everyday Wonders, illustrated by Qin Leng. In 2011, she self-published Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults (now out of print). All her books draw extensively on her two decades of experience as an editor in children's and YA publishing. Among the books she has edited or co-edited are When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, winner of the Stonewall Book Award; The Magnolia Sword: A B ...more

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The End of an Era

I started this blog on February 4, 2005; I'm closing it up today, May 8, 2016. The posts here will live on, but all future writing will happen at the new blog that now lives on my newly redesigned website:

http://www.cherylklein.com/blog/

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I edited this, so I am completely biased, but it is wonderful! It functions both as the completely satisfying story of a boy who improves his family's fortunes through his talent and ingenuity, AND a stealthy lesson about binary numbers. And the illu ...more
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This manuscript grew out of my habit of thinking about firsts. Yesterday was the first day in July I had some ice cream, for instance; my first time ever making sourdough cornbread; and my son's first-ever taste of cherries (he liked them). Take that ...more
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Today is the publication day for a picture book I edited and love very much, WHEN AIDAN BECAME A BROTHER by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. This came to me via the excellent Bill K
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I edited this book, so I'm biased, but I find it a wonderfully charming and affirming introduction to the hijab, which presents the times and places it is worn and not worn subtly rather than in a heavy-handed way, and which celebrates the wide diver ...more
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“Fiction has the incredible power to put readers into the lives and minds of characters whose backgrounds and natures are nothing like theirs, and create an empathy and understanding that readers can take into the real world.”
Cheryl B. Klein, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

“A book is kind of like a good Horcrux, if we can imagine that -- a piece of the writer's soul, preserved in a physical object for all time, and changing the lives of all those who come in contact with it.”
Cheryl B. Klein, Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

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