Monthly Archives: December 2011

Making Plans for World Read Aloud Day 3/7/12

Did you know that LitWorld’s annual World Read Aloud Day is coming up on March 7th? “World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, […]

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This one’s for my author & illustrator friends…

I’ve shared this poem before, but in light of all the “Best of 2011” lists appearing in newspapers, magazines, journals, radio shows, and blogs… I thought it might be time for an encore. This one’s for my author/illustrator friends, whether or not your book is on any of those lists. What Happened to Your Book […]

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Yay, Chris!!

I’m breaking my holiday blog vacation to share some great news for OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW’s amazing illustrator. Christopher Silas Neal has been named a Fall 2011 Flying Start Illustrator by Publisher’s Weekly! ~photo by Sam Weber for PW PW has published a great interview with Chris that starts at the very beginning of […]

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Happy News for a Sea Monster I Know…

If you’re a friend of this little guy… …then you’ll be happy to know that Chronicle has signed up illustrator Andy Rash and me for two more books about Ernest the Sea Monster!  SEA MONSTER AND BOSSY FISH, about a small fish with a big head, is the first of the two, coming in 2013, […]

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Books and News and Changes

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a newsy update, and there’s a lot going on. Here’s my catch-up-lots-of-things-happening update for December… SUGAR AND ICE is out in paperback now! OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW was on the NY Times Notable Children’s Books of 2011 list and has gone into a second printing. In the […]

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Celebrating Marty McGuire!

I’ve gotten some amazing entries in my Spread-the-Word-About-Marty-McGuire contest – and even though you can enter through January 14th…these student/class entries were so great I couldn’t wait to share them. Up first… Allison, of Mrs. Phillips’ class, who made this fabulous 3D frog, who (look carefully!) is reading Marty McGuire. Not to be outdone, Kathy […]

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Recent Reading: Breakups, Crash Landings, and Other E-mergencies

The NCTE conference last month was an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great books, and now that my fall travel schedule is winding down, I’ve had a chance to enjoy some of the titles I picked up at that conference. Here are three great ones – for three different age groups. E-MERGENCY by […]

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