Erica Silverman

Erica Silverman is the author of many picture books and early readers, including the perennial preschool favorite Big Pumpkin, the award winning Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series and the recently released, Jack (Not Jackie). Childhood visits to the library fed her lifelong passion for books, reading and writing. When she is not writing, she is working as a librarian. When she is not at the library, she is writing. Or reading. Or playing with her dog and cats. And eating chocolate.

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Most Recent Book
Jack (Not Jackie) book

As A Writer

I was first drawn to writing when I read poetry as a child and fell under the enchantment of words. As a writer, words are my tools. I love the sounds, textures, tastes, musicality of words. Words are powerful - they are the path into understanding and expressing the complexity of our feelings. They are how we connect with the world around us and with each other. With words, we construct story, explore our world, find humor and try to find and make meaning.


What was the biggest challenge in creating your first published book?

The biggest challenge with my first book was revising it over and over until I found the story. There's a long hard journey from idea to finished story with many bumps and frustrations along the way. The challenge is always to keep going, to keep looking more closely, digging deeper, figuring out what isn't working and how to fix it. With my first book, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. Many books later, I know from the start what I'm getting myself into. And yet, the excitement and hope sparked by a new idea keep me going back for another ride.

What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I hope my readers will enter the world of my books in a way that sparks their own imaginations, opens their hearts and makes them feel good about themselves and inspired to play with language and make up their own stories.

What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

I read tons of picture books. And poetry. I listen to music. I read writers' memoirs and essays about writing. I day dream.

What is a goal you'd like to accomplish, either within the field of children's literature, or outside it?

I've heard from readers over the years about how my books have touched them. As a writer, I hope I continue to touch readers. I hope some of the words I've written will live on in the memory of my readers, providing them comfort, hope, happiness, empowerment. I know that I've also helped inspire other writers to reach their own goals. I hope to continue to do that.

picture Books

self-discovery · being yourself · being different · identity
Jack (Not Jackie)
starting the day · adventure · jobs and careers · vehicles
Wake Up, City!
Big Pumpkin book
Big Pumpkin


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