Good News Tuesday

I am declaring today Good News Tuesday.  (Blogs are lovely that way, aren’t they? You can just decide on such things late in the day, and even if no one’s reading, it feels official.)  Here’s my thought…

Good news comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and sometimes, we forget to celebrate the small stuff.  So this is an invitation to do that. If you have some good news to share -any kind of good news – post it in the comments, okay?  Here’s my contribution:

Good News Item #1. The tulips waited.

I was afraid they’d bloom while we were away last week and we’d miss them, but here they are.

Good News Item #2. Donalyn Miller is working on a new book about reading for teachers!  If you don’t know her name yet and you work with kids and care about reading, you might want to grab a pen…   Her first book, THE BOOK WHISPERER, is an incredible resource for teachers and librarians (parents, too) who want to help kids become lifelong readers.  Happy news came via the Twitterverse today that she’s working on a new book called FOREVER READERS, due out in Spring 2011. 

Good News Item #3. Bonnie Shimko’s new middle grade novel THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF AMELIA E. RYE just got a starred review from Booklist!  And it’s out now – I loved this ARC so much that I shared my thoughts here right after I finished reading.  You can have your very own copy now.  It’s amazing, so that’s good news indeed.

Good News Item #4.  I’m getting ready to go to the International Reading Association Conference in Chicago, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m talking about Skype author visits as part of a panel, along with Shannon Hale, Kathy Erskine, Kate Klimo, and members of the IRA Teachers’ Choice Committee.  I’ll be signing THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. and ARCs of SUGAR AND ICE at the Walker/Bloomsbury booth from 2-3 on Monday, attending a couple publisher dinners (where I finally get to meet fellow Walker author Danette Haworth!), and visiting with middle school kids before my flight home on Tuesday.  If you’ll be at IRA, too, would you include that in your comment?  I’d love to find time to say hi!

What else can we celebrate along with the tulips today?  Good news of all shapes & sizes welcome!

24 Replies on “Good News Tuesday

  1. It’s totally a good news Tuesday! I just got word today that my novel made the master list for the 2010-11 Florida Teens Read award:)

  2. Great news!

    Love all of your items! I was super excited to see the title of Donalyn’s new book. And I will be at IRA. I’m so glad your panel is talking about Skype. We loved having you visit for family reading night! I will be coming to your session. I’m trying to come to your book signing before my next ticketed session.
    Katherine S.
    Central IL

  3. We can celebrate Excited Deer because they would be over-joyed to eat those tulips. 😀

    Congratulations on going to IRA! That is fabulous! Go, Kate!!!!!! How come you aren’t the Kate on Dancing With The Stars? ha 🙂

  4. Loving the good news, it’s a bit foggy here inside and outside.
    Thanks for sharing the tulips, they are gorgeous!
    My only good news this week is Friday is Book Day so I had a day off from evil day job and will walk through a long book fair by the sea. I hope it’s sunny!

  5. Oh,congratulations!! Awesome news for you AND Florida kids – those state lists are so fantastic for introducing kids to titles they might have missed!

  6. Re: Great news!

    I’m so glad you’ll be at IRA and we’ll get to meet in person (instead of just via Skype!) I’m actually going to talk about our family reading night visit as part of my presentation, so I’ll give you a shout-out if you’re there!

  7. Ooo, IRA in Chicago! The weather has been beatiful here — in the 60s (hopefully warmer next week). I won’t be at IRA, but I do get to go to a Highlights for Children dinner that’s being held as part of IRA. I’m excited about that.

  8. Oh good, I’m hoping for good weather to do a little exploring when I get into town on Sunday! Have fun at the Highlights dinner- sounds wonderful!

  9. That’s a lot of good news. Um, my good news is that I finished my third MG novel. I still have to do revision on it, but the story is there, all down on paper. Yay!

  10. Awesome!! Congrats, Karen! Isn’t it amazing to type that last sentence? I always just sit there staring for a while… Hope your revisions go well!

  11. IRA

    I’m looking forward to meeting you in person at our IRA TC session on Monday. 🙂 I am doing your intro and just friended you on facebook! See you soon!
    Marjie P