Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Chicks Rule, The United States vs. Jackie Robinson (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List), Duck Duck Moose (CBC Children’s Choice Award Finalist), Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (Junior Library Guild Selection), and the Purrmaids chapter book series. She has visited schools and libraries for the past 15 years, talking to kids about writing, reading, and finding their voices.

Sudipta lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an adorable pug named Roxie. You can learn more about her and her books on her website

“The plotting workshop I took with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen changed how I compose picture books! I never thought I could plan out the plot before taking this class.”

“Sudipta was so candid and honest with us.”

“Sudipta provided a wealth of information in the coursework and was very generous with her time during ‘office hours.’ She knows her stuff!”

“Highlights faculty are always impressive! Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen did a fabulous job teaching, introducing concepts, answering questions, and making everyone feel welcome.”

“Sudipta and the Highlights staff were wonderful! I learned more than I could have imagined from the course.”

“Sudipta taught with great energy, practical advice, and contagious humor. Her examples for each tip provided clarity and inspiration, and her can-do attitude inspired us all.”

“The faculty, Sudipta & Anne Marie [Pace] were fantastic. It was wonderful to receive direction from such established and prolific writers. They brought a great deal of enthusiasm to their presentations.”

“The tools Sudipta and Anne Marie [Pace] have given me are priceless. I also appreciate the encouragement. I’m going to keep working and trying. Thank you so much!”

“Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Leeza Hernandez are knowledgeable, engaging and effective presenters. Their friendly repartee, ample visual slides to illustrate course content, and overall experiential base made this mini-course a valuable [experience].”

“Sudipta provided a wealth of information in the coursework and was very generous with her time during office hours. She knows her stuff!”

“Sudipta is a wonderful teacher in person but the online lessons were also great – so much material laid out in a very accessible way. It is clear she put a lot of work and thought into the class.”

“Even though we were not together in person, I felt the facilitator and Sudipta did a great job in making us feel we were a mini family where we could learn and share freely.”

Video Clips of Sudipta

In this intro, Sudipta explains how her A-Z courses take writers on a structured journey through the craft of picture books.  But she emphasizes a key point: the ways in which writers apply the strategies is up to them, and their unique voices.

Watch here to get a feel for her teaching style:

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