Monthly Archives: June 2010

ALA 2010 Part 4: Everything Else…

The American Library Association itself is so awesome that it’s easy to forget that there was a whole amazing city outside that convention center.  Thankfully, my kids reminded me, and so in between bookish things, we found time to tour the White House. The East Room was my favorite, especially the painting of Washington that […]

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ALA 2010 Part 3: The Newbery-Caldecott Banquet

Sunday night at ALA was the Newbery-Caldecott banquet, which I’ve heard referred to as the Oscars of children’s literature. (Personally, I think it’s way better.)  I was at Table #97 (it is a BIG room!) with the wonderful Walker/Bloomsbury folks and some terrific Texas librarians, including Mary Ann Bell, shown here with me and her Nancy Pearl […]

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ALA 2010 Part 2: The Scholastic Literary Brunch

Sunday morning at ALA, I attended the Scholastic Literary Brunch, a lovely event where a handful of authors read from their books on the upcoming list. I was especially excited to go because Cindy Lord was reading from TOUCH BLUE, her second novel with Scholastic, about an island community in Maine that takes in foster […]

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ALA 2010 – Books and Authors Galore

I’m just back from a whirlwind three days at the American Library Association Conference, which was just amazing. This is my third ALA Convention, and I’ve come away from each one energized by the passion and enthusiasm of librarians. As someone who grew up on weekly trips to the library, I know that these people are […]

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The Books They Loved Most

My 7th graders wrapped up their final week of English by making a list of their Top Ten Books read this school year. It was no easy task, since many of them have read more than fifty great books since September.  But they flipped through their reading letters and literature circles logs, negotiated with me […]

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A Letter to Next Year

The last assignment I ask my 7th graders to write in June is a letter to next year’s team.  "Write to the students who will be sitting in your seat in September," I tell them.  "Let them know what to expect in this class.  Tell them how they can have a successful year in 7th grade, […]

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Writing Retreat Opportunity

This is a friends-locked post on behalf of a couple writer pals who are looking for a roommate for a summer writing retreat in a few weeks. A little background… Last summer, a handful of children’s writers got together at the Valcour Inn and Conference Center on Lake Champlain for a few days of quiet […]

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Saundra Mitchell, author of SHADOWED SUMMER, talks revision!

Remember that confession I made earlier this week?  About being downright addicted to revision?  Well, that applies not only to revising myself but also to hearing about other people’s processes. And today, I have a guest on the blog!  The talented Saundra Mitchell, author of SHADOWED SUMMER, shares her revision story, with a special offer for those […]

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Thankful Thursday: Summer Vacation, Books, and #ALA10

1. Today is the last day of regular classes before final exam week begins at my school.  My students will get their huge list of everyone’s Top Ten books read this school year (I’ll share it here later on, too!) and use it to make their own summer reading plans. 2. Look what came in […]

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New Book Project (and this one is for TEACHERS!)

Confession: I am addicted to revision.   The addition of shiny new scenes. The rearranging of chapters. The satisfying chopping of dead-weight paragraphs. The lingering over words. The liberal sticking of Post-It Notes. What’s not to love? Revision has always been my favorite part of the writing process, and if you read this blog, you know […]

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