Tammi Sauer is a full-time children’s book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. Getting kids excited about reading and writing is her passion. Her other passion is tropical tea. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.
Tammi currently has 25 published picture books. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical and is currently on a national tour, Wordy Birdy was named a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, and Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French which makes her feel extra fancy.
"Tammi Sauer is a full time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She currently has 25 published books with many more on the way. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. NUGGET & FANG was made into a musical and is currently on a national tour with 110 scheduled performances, WORDY BIRDY was named a Spring Kids' Indie Next pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, and YOUR ALIEN, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French which makes her feel extra fancy.
To learn more about Tammi, visit her at tammisauer.com or follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi."
Each day, devote a special time for reading books with the children in your life. Not only will this create wonderful memories and great moments of connection, it will help these little ones to become readers themselves.
The more you read to children, the better readers they will be.
I hope young readers and little listeners will enjoy the heart and humor that I strive to instill in each of my books.
Reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Books take people on adventures!
Not only do I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in a good story, but reading and analyzing(!!!) other picture books help me to be a better writer.
When it comes to writing, my biggest challenge is coming up with a good idea. Some people can come up with 2,453 ideas before breakfast. Not me. Once I have that strong, fresh, irresistible-to-editors idea, though, the fun begins.
Even though I often struggle with finding that next big idea, I try to remind myself that ideas can come from just about anywhere!
I speak at dozens of schools each year, and I always tell the kids to celebrate the weird stuff in their lives. The weird stuff is good material for stories. This approach has led to many of my books including KNOCK KNOCK, COWBOY CAMP, and CHICKEN DANCE.
Another way that I come up with ideas is by thinking about familiar childhood songs and nursery rhymes and trying to put a new spin on them. This strategy led to MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM and BUT THE BEAR CAME BACK.
Once when I was having an especially hard time coming up with a new idea, I decided to list all of the settings I had previously used in books (cowboy camp, barnyard, monster academy, pond...). After reviewing my list, I realized I had yet to set a book in the ocean. Ooh!
Whenever I start a book with the setting, I think about that setting and ask myself one big question, ""What can go wrong here?""
As I thought about the ocean and asked myself the big question, a shark came to mind. But I didn't want to write about a typical shark. I wanted my shark to face an unusual struggle. Sooo...I gave him a minnow for a best friend.
I do! In 2019, Wordy Birdy has even more to say in WORDY BIRDY MEETS MR. COUGARPANTS (Doubleday Books for Young Readers). Next up is A LITTLE CHICKEN (Sterling) which begins with one of my favorite first lines ever: ""Dot was a little chicken who, let's face it, was a little chicken."" Also, the long-awaited SEA-quel to NUGGET & FANG splashes onto the scene. In NUGGET & FANG GO TO SCHOOL (Clarion), Fang the shark is invited by his friends to attend Mini Minnows Elementary, and he thinks it's a great idea! But then his first day of school arrives...and suddenly, he's not so sure. He's not very good at reading or math. He doesn't exactly fit in with his classmates. And the teacher looks crabby! Can Fang's best friend, Nugget, and the other minnows turn things around and prove to him that school really is fang-tastic?