What’s on Your Bookshelf? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Children’s Books

Date: 09/25/2021
Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Join us on Saturday, September 25, at 2:00pm., as prolific editors and frequent presentation partners at the Highlights Foundation, Eileen Robinson and Harold Underdown team up with renowned author Crystal Allen to give writers the inside scoop on everything that happens on the road to publishing a children’s book — from writing tips to what you need to know before and after you enter the publishing world.


Eileen Robinson has worked with children’s writers all over the world for more than twenty years. Former Executive Editor at Scholastic and Editorial Director at Harcourt, she has acquired published works from the U.K. and Italy, and created original works for U.S. markets. She teaches the art of revision through Highlights and workshops, is publisher of Move Books and Executive Editor at Reycraft Books.




Harold Underdown is a freelance editorial consultant. He has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world. He speaks and gives workshops at the Highlights Foundation, at conferences, including the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ national conferences in LA and NY, and at regional and local conferences all over the country.






Crystal Allen is a middle grade author of The Magnificent Mya Tibbs series, as well as standalone titles How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and The Laura Line. She has a long list of publishing accolades including induction into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2021, shortlisted for the Indiana Authors Award in 2020, and winner of the 2018 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Sid Fleischman Award for Humor.





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