Barbara Herkert

Children's Book Author



Mom in her 40's

The Soup That Saved Valley Forge

Pepper pot soup

Selected Works

Children's Nonfiction Picture Book Biography
Released Oct. 27, 2015 with illustrations by Gabi Swiatkowska. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, publisher.
Picture book biography
Released Oct. 13, 2015 with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Alfred A. Knopf, publisher.
Nonfiction picture book biography
To be released in October 2017 with illustrations by Lauren Castillo. Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan, publisher. "Herkert's elegant prose and Castillo's stunning illustrations team up for a magnificent model of what a picture book can be...A stunner--radiant even." Kirkus starred review

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Barb's Blogs

The Ways of Dreams

June 22, 2012

Recently I was appointed the Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Oregon. When I first agreed to accept the position, I thought, what am I doing? I haven't illustrated a book in years! It's true. I followed the path of novel writing for several years, barely spending a moment at my lonely drawing table. How could I take on this huge responsibility?

And then I realized life was pointing me in the direction I'd been eager to return to for quite awhile. The fact is, I love to paint and draw. I feel empty without it in my life. I love switching from my writing brain to my art making brain. I love looking at the art work of others and learning from it. I love talking about art.

I've just completed the draft of a new project, and I plan to make a book dummy for it, as well as a finished color piece or two. If my agent or editor decides another illustrator would be a better fit for my picture book biography, would that be all right? Of course! But in the meantime, I'm listening to the ways of dreams.