Monthly Archives: February 2014

SCBWI Winter Conference: A Weekend with the Tribe

I still remember the first time I heard about SCBWI. “It stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,” my friend told me, “and you need to join.”  I did. And when I went to my very first SCBWI event – the regional conference in New England – I understood why. The writers […]

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#NY14SCBWI Plot Intensive Handouts

I’m speaking at the SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City this weekend, participating in a Plot Intensive workshop today & then giving a keynote on Sunday morning. It’s already been a magical trip. This morning’s sessions at the Plot Intensive were great. Here’s editor/author Jill Santopolo reading a picture book as an example of […]

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Arctic Visitor

If you have any interest in birds…or Harry Potter and Hedwig…or just unexpected beauty, you’ve probably heard about the irruption of snowy owls in areas south of their usual Arctic habitat this winter.  I’ve been hoping to see one, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been haunting bird watching websites, paying attention to […]

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Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

All eyes may be on Sochi for the Winter Olympics this week, but next month, the great race happens in Alaska when the Iditerod begins. Kids are fascinated by this race – from its historic roots in Balto’s story to the modern tales of dogsled teams, and there’s a great new book out today that […]

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