Leda Schubert * Writer of Picture Books

An Occasional Post

Why write for children?

September 17, 2010

Tags: frost, garden, camp, politics

Iíve been busy. Everybodyís busy. Living in Vermont means getting ready for winter early: stacking wood, cleaning the woodstove, putting the garden to bed, checking for drafts, etc. A frost is predicted for tonight, and I should be outside picking the last of the produce (baseball bat zucchinis, anyone?).

I must admit, however, that I abandoned the garden a while ago. When itís in the nineties and humid, I sit in front of a fan and write. We had repulsive heat (I know some of you like it. Not me--) followed by no rain, and the soil turned to dust. Poor garden. Maybe next year. I apologize to all my plants. Know that I love you.

So my camp reunion is next weekend. (more…)

Summer camp: part three

July 6, 2010

Tags: camp, Lakeside, writing, yearning

Iíve already posted twice about the life-changing summer camp I attended for eight entire summers as a child (I wasnít actually attending it Ďasí a child. I was a child. For this humorous insight, I owe Tom Paley, the great traditional musician), and I promise to stop soon and move on. ButÖ

Camp had one major drawback: I spent ten months of each year constantly yearning for the two months of summer. I hated school and loved camp. At camp, I had friends. At school, I was a total outsideróbut more about that in another post.

Today Iíve been thinking about yearning as it applies to writing. (more…)

Summer camp: Part two

June 16, 2010

Tags: camp, Lakeside, writing, reunion

Summer camp, part two
It is decades later. Many. Too many to think about. But I still dream about camp, and these are happy happy dreams, not at all like my frequent nightmares. I still have friends from campófriends who remember more about my life than I do. And I still miss camp.

A few months ago I woke up and said to myself, ďLeda, you are going to organize the camp reunion youíve thought about for years.Ē So I did, and I am. (We all talk to ourselves, donít we? Please say yes.)

Here is one of the glories of the internet, my friends. People can be found! You already know this. But I have turned into one of the worldís great detectives, if I do say so myself. Itís not just facebook and google. (more…)

Now Available or Coming Soon (Click on each title for complete information.)

Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press, June, 2017
Click for a pdf discussion and activities guide. (Look on left of page after clicking.)
A nonfiction picture book illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker. Roaring Brook Press, 2006
Holiday House, Fall 2011. Illustrated by Amanda Haley
Illustrated by Bonnie Christensen and published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook Press.
Illustrated by Andrea U'Ren and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. March, 2010.
Illustrated by Mary Azarian, published by Houghton Mifflin 2005
Illustrated by William Benedict. Candlewick, 2000.