Monthly Archives: May 2012

Teachers Write! An Update

So… Remember a couple days ago when I said, “Hey! Let’s have a virtual summer writing camp for teachers & librarians!” and posted all about it here?  I figured maybe a dozen of you would sign up, and we’d have a cozy little summer writing workshop. As of this morning, we are at 350 participants […]

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Announcing “Teachers Write!” A Virtual Summer Writing Camp for Teachers & Librarians

Teachers Write! is an online virtual summer writing camp for teachers and librarians who understand how important it is for people teaching writing to walk the walk. If you’re a teacher or librarian who would love to work on your own writing, we’d love to have you join us. Here’s how it all works: Location: […]

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Skype Author Visit Book Signings

I do a lot of Skype author visits with classrooms and libraries around the U.S. and beyond, and while it’s not quite the same as an in-person author visit, I love that I get to meet so many more kids than I otherwise might. This spring, I tried an experiment to make my Skype author […]

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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

HOW THEY CROAKED. written by Georgia Bragg and illustrated by Kevin O’Malley,  isn’t your typical nonfiction, in topic or in tone. With a voice that’s frank, funny, and far lighter than its morbid topic,  Bragg delivers what’s promised in the book’s subtitle — The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous — and provides detailed, often […]

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GHOST BUDDY: ZERO TO HERO by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

“Is it me, or is this ghost talking like the Fonz from Happy Days?” I wondered, the whole time I was reading GHOST BUDDY: ZERO TO HERO. When I spent a little time with Henry Winkler at a Scholastic dinner during the International Reading Association Convention recently, he assured me that I wasn’t imagining things.  […]

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INFINITY RING: A MUTINY IN TIME by James Dashner

When I’m speaking with another author at an event, I always try to read his or her work ahead of time if I can; it’s always more fun for me to meet fellow writers when I’m familiar with their work. So earlier this spring, when I saw on my IRA schedule that I was speaking […]

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The Words we Choose: Definition of a Prank

This blog isn’t a place where I talk about politics.  And that’s not what I want to talk about today.  I want to talk about the language we use and the message it sends.  Specifically, I want to talk about the use of the word “prank” to describe what presidential candidate Mitt Romney is accused […]

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How Maurice Sendak taught me to roar

I can’t imagine there’s a children’s author or illustrator, or really anyone who loves children’s books, whose eyes didn’t tear up yesterday upon the news of Maurice Sendak’s death.  Sendak’s wild, brave imagination has had a huge influence of the world of picture books and the world of children. CNN’s sister site, HLN-TV asked me […]

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SEE YOU AT HARRY’S is out today!

I’ve long been a fan of Jo Knowles’ YA novels, so a few months ago, when Candlewick offered me an early peek at SEE YOU AT HARRY’S, her first title for ages 10 and up, I jumped at the opportunity. Jo is a writer-friend and one of the kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met. […]

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Supermoon: A poem in photos

Supermoon: A Poem in Photos by Kate Messner, copyright 2012   It looked a little bigger (14% if you ask the scientists) And 30% brighter, too, But the real power Of last night’s moon Was the way it made us stop And pay attention. We waited all through dinner For it to edge up over […]

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