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

Patience and grace

April 15, 2015

My daughter and I were walking our dogs along the bay and came across a Great Blue Heron. It was very close, and so we stopped to observe. The bird was motionless, even with the chaos of the dogs. I pointed out its gorgeous arched neck and told my daughter that it would stay still like that until an unfortunate fish happened by. Patience and grace came to my mind--that lovely creature exemplified both. It occurred to me that the writing life is much like the life of that heron--from the moment we first conceive a story, to the relentless revisions that follow, to finding an agent, an editor, and then waiting and waiting for that book to be born. It takes amazing patience, but we do it with grace. And then, when the moment is right, the gift is ours.