"Author of The Poetry of Secrets."
Getting accepted into Barbara’s class was the first day of the rest of my writing life. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I didn’t know what I was doing before meeting her. She has deepened my characters, plot and overall craft. Her critiques always yield better results. Plus, she’s a hoot to be around. I feel lucky to consider her a mentor and a friend.
"Best selling illustrator of the Magic School Bus series."
After receiving a BFA and an MFA in Fine Arts, I discovered that what I really wanted to do was Children’s Books. So I signed up for a course with Barbara Bottner at Parsons in New York City. What a revelation that was. Each week Barbara threw out two challenges, one in writing and one in illustrating, and each week we got to try something new. Finally, if one idea really appealed, we could focus on it and develop it further, into a full book. This was so fruitful that I did leave the course with a portfolio of different approaches in illustrating, and a book dummy to show to publishers. Also, Barbara seemed to care enough to help us enter the real world of Children’s Books.What luck to find myself with a teacher like Barbara. Later, when I taught courses in Children’s Books, I tried to structure it similarly, so to offer a fountain of ideas and help develop not just techniques, but thinking in book form, and also to be helpful in the realities of the field.
ROBIN PREISS GLASSER,
"Fancy Nancy illustrator."
I loved Barbara’s books before she was my teacher at Otis. This was in those insecure years before I even knew if I would have a career in children’s books, but with her wonderful humor, encouragement, insight and fair judgement style, I was ready to begin the long road to publication. Barbara herself is as unforgettable as her characters, and her books reflect all that she taught.
"Author of the bestselling picture book series, If You Give a Mouse A Cookie."
Barbara reignited my dream to be a children’s author! Studying with her helped me get my first book published in 1975, AMY FOR SHORT! Nine books later came MOUSE COOKIE! I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn’t taken her class!
I would not be a children’s book author and illustrator if not for Barbara Bottner. She is an inspiration as both a teacher and an author in her own right. She has an innate sensitivity and an ability to write about life through the eyes of children. Barbara’s stories are poignant and at the same time, sprinkled with a dash of humor. In short, Barbara Bottner is a delight!
APRIL HALPRIN WAYLAND
"Author of New Year At the Pier, winner Sydney Taylor Award."
It’s magic, you know.
Impossible feats of metaphor.
Six of us around her rosewood table
the tinkling of her full moon necklace
spilling over our pages
out of the shadows
of her drapes,
the illusion of
She’s a shaman
jingling the bracelets
on her sleight of hand.
It’s wizardry, you know.
ANN WHITFORD PAUL
Barbara Bottner is a fabulous teacher who is able to see the big picture of a manuscript. She points out and guides me through story problems with caring and humor and support. I always look forward to our meetings.
WRITING PICTURE BOOKS
EIGHT HANDS ROUND: A Patchwork Alphabet
TORTUGA IN TROUBLE
BB’s proposition that there is a stage and an age of childhood that each writer feels particularly connected was a really helpful construct. She encouraged me to write about what I cared most about as a child. that each writer Barbara got me in touch with writing about things that mattered to me—pointed me to look where the juice is, and go there. She definitely got me switched on as a writer.
VIDEO BOOK LINKS
Billy Toomey’s Song PlanetEsme – SevenIMpossibleThingsBeforebreakfast – Harold Underdown The Purple Crayon – The Children’s Book Academy –Children’s Book Council – SCBWI- Indie Bound Books – The Horn Book – Leonardmarcus.com – Michael Emberley
REVIEWS AND MORE
Billy Toomey’s Song
PlanetEsme – SevenIMpossibleThingsBeforebreakfast – Harold Underdown The Purple Crayon – The Children’s Book Academy –Children’s Book Council – SCBWI- Indie Bound Books – The Horn Book – Leonardmarcus.com – Michael Emberley