Today readers, librarians, and teachers mourn the loss of beloved children's author Andrew Clements. We have read and recommended his fiction for decades. This morning I emailed the news to my library coworkers and one immediately emailed back "One of his books is on my living room table at this very moment." I met Andrew at the ALA Newbery/Caldecott Awards Banquet one summer and felt like I had met a rock star.
Clements' advice to young writers? Find just five things to improve in your writing to make the difference between writing that is really good and writing that's just okay.
Click here for a great video of Clements offering more advice for young writers.
For a remembrance of Clements, please check out Shannon Maughan's article in PW today about this beloved children's author.
Rest in peace, brother Andrew.