Through the process of storytelling, a group of women in 'The Help' (from DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media) become empowered and, in turn, inspire and empower others. Drawing inspiration from the film, which opens in theaters on August 10, TakePart brings you 'Behind the Storybook,' a series featuring the inspirational stories that led to some of the most beloved children’s books of our time.

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The bestselling YA talks 'Sloopy Firsts,' teen angst and when she discovered her heroin Jessica darling.
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In Dan Santat's new graphic novel, his pets put aside their differences and step in to save the day.
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How a little pea and a spoon put Amy at the top of the must-read list of children's authors.
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Katharine Holabird shares the inspiration behind the beloved children's book series.
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How the 2007 Newbery Medal winner and former librarian gives readers 'a rough map and a flashlight in the dark.'
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Clare Vanderpool shares the inspiration for 'Moon Over Manifest,' her book about a young girl searching for answers to her father's past.