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Great blog post about what new writers do wrong that they don't realize they're doing wrong!
As someone who also spends a great deal of time working with writers, there isn't a word in this article that I disagree with.
You're sure to find at least one from some of your favorites! And good news: this isn't one of those pages where you have to click to each one. They're all visible on the same page. Enjoy!
Very sweet, accompanied by some great drawings. The headline goes on about "atheism," but what the interview is truly about is appreciation and aging.
Her Facebook page (see the link) is a nice place to leave your thoughts. And yes, she did write some children's books:
It's an editorial from the NY Times, but where it gets really interesting is when you follow the links to articles on the research that supports it!
We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March tells the inspiring story of 6 days when schoolchildren took to the streets to protest segregation
Meet T.W. Strouse, a hard-boiled detective who just happens to be a mouse, in The Note Hunter: Case of the Haunted Swamp.
We didn't know there was one either. It came out a couple years ago. Now you know!
This free children's story by Sarah Willis is called Chippy the Chipmunk. It's not the cat who curiosity kills in this tale of a trusting chipmunk.
Gathering Blue, the 2nd book in Lois Lowry's 'The Giver' trilogy is connected to the first book only by its post-apocalyptic setting. Kira is a disabled orphan with a talent for
Eleanor is the not-Juliet to Park's not-Romeo in Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell's YA high school romance set in middle America in 1986.
A whole family of Waldos Anyone who wants to stand out between the millions of competitors in the children's book market needs to have something desirable
Tess's Tree, by Jess M. Brallier, tackles loss and mourning through the eyes of a little girl whose beloved tree is cut down.
These Florida illustrators specialize in children's book art.
Molly Idle's Hollywood roots show in Flora and the Flamingo. The book's ingenius lift-and-reveal flaps permit storytelling that is as movielike as it is booklike.
Interested in teaching a little U.S. geography at home? Highlights has a deal where they send you maps and puzzles "highlighting" the various states.
They're offering an introductory deal (99 cents!) right now, but they're a little over-eager: the link takes you directly to a shopping cart. To learn more about the actual product before purchasing (duh!) click the "Which Way USA" link.
Know any modern, overprotective parents?
Like perhaps, yourselves and everyone you know. ;-)
Then you'll want to check this out. When you click to Amazon, be sure to click to Look Inside in order to get a taste!
The Cat in the Hat Songbook is Dr. Seuss's 1967 book of lyrics, piano music (and, in most cases, guitar chords). Tickle the ivories, tickle your fancy!
Here's an educator in the Washington Post saying what we've been saying all along. Books should be a source of joy...not consternation! Expecting kids to read TOO early is a great way to kill an interest in books.
Aya, Marguerite Abouet's graphic novel about growing up in the 1970s in the (then) prosperous African nation of Ivory Coast, features three teenage girlfriends.
Aaron Becker's Journey 'draws' inspiration from 'Harold and the Purple Crayon,' putting an older girl (with a red writing utensil) in the adventurer role.
Pretty funny stuff, though not for the kiddies!
- Die Hard
- Pulp Fiction
Tony Miglione, Judy Blume's protagonist in 'Then Again, Maybe I Won't,' has puberty to deal with and also this: his blue collar family just became crazy rich! (And just plain crazy.)
Judy Blume's Deenie, about a beautiful 7th grader faced with having to wear a back brace for her curvature of the spine, has been subject to numerous censorship efforts.
Thinking about writing a picture book? You'll want to read our step-by-step 'How To Write A Children's Book' before you get started!
We were just sent the press release and thought we'd better share. KeyColours is sponsoring its 10th annual award for a book by an illustrator, along with publication by Clavis Publishing. We don't know much more than that (it's not an American award), so you'll want to click to it to find out more.
You need to do more than upload to Amazon You are certainly right, how times have changed! I've been writing for many years, mostly just for the creative
Mr. Wuffles is a brilliant, wordless narrative about a cat who uses an alien spaceship for a toy, forcing its tiny inhabitants to band together with the local insects in defense!
2014 Caldecott winner, Brian Floca's 'Locomotive' takes children back to 1869, introduces them to the train that changed America forever, and takes them on its wild ride.
Summary and review of dancer/star Debbie Allen's Dancing in the Wings, a picture book about an African-American girl who worries she's too big for ballet.
In Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, precocious pig Olivia is sick of everyone dressing up as the same silly fantasy character!
The Grave Robber's Apprentice has fairy tale archetypes, shakespearean themes, and death defying heroics! But all in a way that speaks to the modern day.
Zita the Spacegirl is a scifi graphic novel with a rambunctious, young female protagonist...who doesn't always think things through!
Author Brian Parker sells a guide called, Self-Publishing the Hard Way. This article about creating a casewrap (an alternative to the dust jacket) comes
Amazon has a nice page set up to get you started on your holiday children's book buying.
Do you know what's a better present for kids than a magazine subscription?
Give the gift of not only reading, but the anticipation of reading!
Santa meets the baby JesusYou've heard it said: Jesus is the reason for the season. The folks who say it sometimes decry Santa Claus and the theme of commercialism.
I am a Digital & Traditional Illustrator based in beautiful Bucks County, PA. I am skilled in Children's Illustration and Editorial Illustration, as well
The true story of Philippe Petit, a French street performer who felt he had no choice but to mount the still-under-construction twin towers and walk between them, a quarter mile up in the air.
A Trip Down The Rabbit Hole – Self-publishing my illustrated middle grade book Thanks, Steve, for the opportunity to share a bit of my journey on your
Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan is the tale of a gorilla kept as an attraction in a shopping mall, narrating his own story. With Ruby, a baby elephant
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I knew nothing when I started. I just used a company that made creating my sites - and achieving success - doable and understandable.
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In Amy Lee-Tai's Jane Addams award winner, A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, Mari, a girl in the Topaz internment camp, struggles to find beauty around her.
The Jane Addams Children's Book Awards feature books that promote peace, social justice, equality among races and genders, and multicultural community.
Underestimated Appeal I write poetry and an occasional short story here and there, but I also write stories for children as well. Like many others,
In Youme's Sélavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope, we follow a child of violence into the streets, as he finds a home with other children...and a voice.
NPR will tell you how they came up with this booklist, but all you really need to know is what a great list it is.
There are 100 books on it, so they'll keep the kids reading for a long time. And most of these books really have heart. A sample:
and 95 more!
Sweet essay about the role of Miss Potter's books - all of them - in one young family's life.
'Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez" is Kathleen Krull's Jane Addams Award book telling the story of how an Arizona farmboy came to lead an army of migrant workers.
We're having a discussion on our Facebook page. Please come and opine about your own experience. Do your kids get the same benefit about a book on iPad as they do the old-fashioned kind?
Best Children's Books - Find, Read or Write home page.