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Category Archives: Children’s books

PiBoIdMo 2014 offers 30 days of non-stop fun (Picture Book Idea Month)

PiBoIdMo Picture Book Idea Month for children's writers begins in November.
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPiBoIdMo 2014 begins November 01, 2014 Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoMoId 2014) is in its sixth year and begins in one week. That means you still have plenty of time to sign up for a rollicking good time with hundreds of other…

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Does your dog read?

Meet Teddy. He dreams of becoming a reading mentor in a READ program. Some call them Reading to Dogs literacy programs, others say Sit, Stay, and Read. Teddy and I learned about these programs a number of years ago and he quickly became immersed in reading to anyone who would listen. Teddy is one of…

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Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…

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Book Review: Rosy Cole’s Memoir Explosion

Some children’s books speak as easily to adults as to kids. Shiela Greenwald’s latest chapter book, Rosy Cole’s Memoir Explosion, in the Rosy Cole series tells a story that speaks to all writers, especially those intent on telling it the way it really happened. Read on and see what you think of the idea and…

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Millions mourn children’s author Stan Berenstain

Today children young and old mourn the death of Stan Berenstain, co-creator of the famed children’s classic stories about the Berenstain’s Bears. The 82-year old cartoonist died Saturday in Pennsylvania and is survived by his co-author and wife, Jan Berenstain. Philadelphia-born Stan met Jan while they attended the Phildelphia Museum of Industrial Art in 1941…

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New resolutions, new opportunities, new writer events

Well, it’s a new year and I’m sure we all have brand spanking new resolutions. Perhaps one of them is to wade a little deeper into the realm of writing. If writing for children interests you, then the SCBWI-Houston chapter has a couple of events that range from a solid getting-back-to-basics Academy 101 to a…

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First Words

First words, first looks, everything that creates a first impression is in play when you pick up a book for the first time. The importance of a book’s opening line is never more clear than in any book written to lure a teen or capture a middle-grader’s attention. I re-discovered the value of openings the…

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Kimberly Morris on SCBWI and other writer organizations

Day 4. Back to business and our continuing interview with Kiimberly Morris. 4. You are the newsletter editor of the local SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Editors) chapter. How do you think the local organization best serves the various levels of writers, such as beginning, journeyman, and the multi-published such as yourself? Oops!…

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News Flash: First book review–Fallen Angel Reviews–in for Divided Loyalties

Came home last night to find an email from Fallen Angels Review saying the review had been posted on my new book, Divided Loyalties. That was a knot-in-the-pit-of-the-stomach moment. Thankfully, to paraphrase Sally Fields, “she–the reviewer–liked it. I particularly enjoyed, “Vikk Simmons has an amazing ability to make the reader care for these characters.” The…

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Books Matter: Harry Potter and the bottomline

In past years, there’s been some doom and gloom expressed over the decline of reading and the “literacy” of the American population. Books don’t matter, they say. They have no real relevance in today’s world. Really? No so, according to Paul R. La Monica, CNN/Money senior writer. Fact: “Since the first book was published in…

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SCBWI gives the scoop on writing nonfiction for children

If you have an interest in writing for children and have what Art Spikol called a “grasshopper mind,” then the “Writing Nonfiction for Children” conference might be for you. SCBWI Houston is offering those who write or wish to write nonfiction for children an opportunity to meet two speakers who work or have worked as…

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Book covers and design: Whose art is it?

Okay, reader Mike Perry raised the question about cover iterations and what authors have to go through. He asked: Do you see many changes to the artwork as the book matures? Is it something you decide relatively early on in the process and it stays kinda static? Well, for many—make that most—authors the answer would…

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Nancy Drew bigger and better or just one more retread?

Scanning Publisher’s Lunch this morning, I discovered Nancy Drew is being trotted out one more time but as a woman for the 21st century. USA Today’s Gary Strauss commented on the “heavy dose of 21st-century hipness and relevancy” being injected in the Nancy Drew series, beginning with four new books coming in March. (S&S plans…

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ALA ‘Academy Awards’ and “a teacupful of story in a big fancy bathtub….”

Earlier today the ALA announced the 2004 Newbery and Caldecott winners. (SAN DIEGO) Kate DiCamillo, author of “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread,” and Mordicai Gerstein, illustrator and author of “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers,” are the 2004 winners of…

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