Donna W.
Guthrie

Children's author, playwright, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and lecturer.

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Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration, 2020

With quotes and sly references to the famous works of William Shakespeare and the words he invented, this adventurous ode to the language will delight readers young and old.

It all starts one morning when words fly into William’s window. He wants to catch them, but they are flibbertigibbet and quick and slip right through his fingers. Soon whole lines of verse are leading him on a wild goose chase as they tumble, dip, flip and skip all through town, past a host of colorful characters the observant reader may find as familiar as the quotes. William remains persistent, and with time and the proper tools, he finds a way to keep the words with him

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"Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20-word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000-word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20."

Eric Carle

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Donna W. Guthrie

Children's author, playwright, documentary filmmaker, podcaster and lecturer.

Donna W. Guthrie is a writer, playwright, filmmaker, and lecturer. She is the author of twenty-three books and sixty educational videos for children. Donna lectures on the history of country music and hosts the podcast LOOKING BACK ON MUSIC ROW, The Musical History of the Stars and Songs of Country Music. She holds a BA of Journalism, Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey and an MFA in Children and Young Adult Literature, University of Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and The Dramatist Guild of America. She is an avid movie goer and the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, the longest running women’s film festival in North America.

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"Let's put it this way: if you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20-word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000-word novel. We, picture-book people, or at least I, start out with 200,000 words and I reduce it to 20."

Eric Carle

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