The creative process of storytelling is both fascinating and inspiring. The stories we share and the ones we create play such a huge role in how we capture memories and shape the future. No one understands this better than Patricia (or Patty) Newman. Patty has a passion for telling stories, but her passion doesn’t stop there! I am excited for you to hear all of her thoughts on creativity!
Patricia Newman is the author of the Sibert Honor-winning Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem as well as Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Neema’s Reason to Smile. With her books, she hopes to empower kids and to share stories about people who create change around the world. Patty is our first children’s author on the podcast, and her stories about social justice, careers, and the wide world around us are just fabulous. It is clear that Patty has the heart to use her creative gifts to empower our future scientists, business owners, and world leaders. We have so much to learn from her in today’s episode!
More creativity in this episode:
Patty shares her unique point of view on children’s stories.
Why Patty tends towards environmental themes in her books.
The journey behind Neema’s story.
Children are often very perceptive when it comes to more difficult topics.
Patty shares stories of her own childhood.
Making the leap from reading to writing is big but natural.
Patty wants to teach children to connect what they have learned to the rest of the world.
The main reasons why Patty picks her stories.
We need to share with our children that their voices matter.
It is easy to see creativity in fiction, but nonfiction requires it too!