A love for children’s literature runs in Jane Buchanan’s family. Her father subscribed to the Horn Book so that he would always know what books to read to aloud on family vacations. She still hears his voice when she reads The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. She hears her mother’s voice when she reads Winnie the Pooh. She’s quite sure that the cadence of those books got tangled in her DNA. It is what has made her the writer she is today. And it is what has given her the passion to help others create the magic we call children’s literature. Jane has published four novels, two picture books, and one biography. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards and has received accolades in professional review journals. Her picture book, Seed Magic, was called a “must have for all libraries” by School Library Journal. Jane holds a masters degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Learn more about Jane on her website – here.
Student CommentsThis class was truly informative and inspiring–one of the best I've taken. Jane is a terrific teacher, very attentive, kind and encouraging with the ability to see the story broadly in context of the market as well as zeroing in on the details that make the story and characters work. As an aspiring picture book author I felt this class was a safe place to share my work while getting valuable feedback and lots of encouragement from Jane's thoughtful and thorough critiques. I also enjoyed the conversations about published picture books and other articles from the reading list. A great experience that I would highly recommend to others. I look forward to coming back for another class. Renee Burke
I was very happy with this course and with Jane Buchanan. She added material, as in reading [and] links, that were really interesting and helpful... I felt she pushed my understanding along and gave me tools to work with. She gave us lots of places to connect to..all really helpful. I thought she was one of the best that I have taken and I have done a few! Paula Mcevenue