Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

North Florida Area


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Southeast Regional Library (near Town Center) Room B

10599 Deerwood Park Blvd

Jacksonville, FL 32256


The 4Hs:

What Every Book That Matters Must Have

with Shutta Crum

Saturday, April 15, 2023

12:30 (set up)

1:00 – 3:00 (program and Q&A time)

Optional: 11:30 lunch meet up ahead at nearby Panera / Town Center Shopping area


Award-winning poet and author Shutta Crum will discuss the truly important elements that every book for a child must have–the 4Hs. Those are heart, hurt, hope, and humor. Whether you are writing wordless books or door-stopper volumes for young adult readers these concepts are core concerns. Using a wide variety of examples, she’ll illustrate how writers weave these elements into their stories. With a Q & A, and handouts.


Shutta Crum is the author of three middle-grade novels and fifteen picture books, as well as many poems, and magazine articles. Her books have made Bank Street College lists as well as state award lists. THUNDER-BOOMER! was an ALA and a Smithsonian Magazine “Notable Book” of the year. THOMAS AND THE DRAGON QUEEN was on Florida’s Sunshine State list for young readers. WHEN YOU GET HERE (poems for adults) won a gold Royal Palm Literary Award, (FL). She is also the author of two nearly wordless books MINE! and UH-OH! both published by Knopf. MINE! made the Texas 2X2 list and was a Crystal Kite Award winner for the illustrator Patrice Barton. Of MINE! the NY Times said, “a delightful example of the drama and emotion that a nearly wordless book can convey.” In 2005 she was invited to read at the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. She currently has two more picture books under contract. And she writes and publishes THE WORDSMITH’S PLAYGROUND, a monthly newsletter for writers.





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