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The Revision Toolbox

Date(s) - 03/11/2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am



The Revision Toolbox


You finished a draft of your manuscript. Hooray! Now what? Revision is daunting, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Newbery Medalist Donna Barba Higuera and Pura Belpré YA Gold Medalist Yamile Saied Mendez talk with Seattle middle grade author Kim Baker about the best revision strategies and techniques to edit your story from the big picture to the last line. 



Donna Barba Higuera’s Middle Grade and Picture books reinvent history, folklore, and or her own life experience into compelling storylines. She lives in Washington State with her husband, four kids, three dogs and a frog.

Her books include Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!, and The Last Cuentista, and have won awards including: the Newbery medal, both Pura Belpré medal and honor, PNBA best book of the year award,  and the Sid Fleischman award for best children’s humor book of the year. Visit her website at


Yamile Saied Méndez is the author of many books for young readers, including Furia, a 

Reese’s YA Book Club selection and the 2021 Inaugural Pura Belpré Young Adult Gold Medalist. She was born and raised in Rosario, Argentina, but has lived most of her life in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains with her family. An Inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she is also a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s a founding member of Las Musas, a marketing collective of Latine authors. Connect with her at


Kim Baker’s first middle grade novel, PICKLE, has been selected for many reading lists and was a finalist for the CBC Children’s Choice Book of the Year. Her second book, THE WATER BEARS, was named a best children’s book of 2020 by Bank Street and Kirkus. She lives in Seattle with her family and is a former regional advisor for the SCBWI Western Washington chapter. Find out more at