Monthly Archives: December 2007

Help readers enjoy the book for the story, and not have a gender bias

Little Willow has a great post on how she encourages children to look past gender bias and just enjoy a book for the story–by telling the child why she herself likes the book, and why she thinks they might, too. … Continue reading

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Cybils awards finalists to be announced tomorrow – Jan 1

The Cybils awards (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) finalists will be announced tomorrow for four of the eight lists, including the list I was a panelist on (fiction picture books). The four lists that will be announced tomorrow … Continue reading

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An anthology one of my YA stories is in may be nominated for an award

I just found out that Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths–a YA horror anthology that one of my stories is in–has been recommended for next year’s Bram Stoker Award (it’s received 3 recommendations so far, though it needs 5 to get … Continue reading

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interviews with Canadian children’s authors

Joel Sutherland, a writing friend of mine, does unique interviews with Canadian children’s authors, called “5 Silly Questions.” He’s interviewed some of the most well-known and respected Canadian children’s authors, including Mélanie Watt, Kenneth Oppel, Robert Munsch, Gordon Korman, and … Continue reading

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book art on public circuit boxes

I love it when something ugly is made beautiful. I love it even more when books are involved. A circuit box like this one: was made into beautiful book art: Isn’t that so cool? You can go here to see … Continue reading

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I had a great time discussing picture book nominations for the Cybils awards

I was up late last night discussing picture books with my fellow panelists for the Cybils awards. It was a passionate discussion; we all deeply cared about the books, and argued for our favorites. I loved working with them all–Jules … Continue reading

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review of picture book Un-Brella by Scott E Franson

I love picture books that are full of wonder, books that feel magical, hope-filled, and that make me feel good to read. Un-Brella by Scott E Franson has that kind of wonder and delight. Un-Brella by Scott E. Franson Roaring … Continue reading

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Two movies coming out based on children’s books in 2008, both incorporating a love of books

When I went to see The WaterHorse today (which I was disappointed in), I was excited to see two trailers for movies based on kids books that I love–Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, and Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr (starring Jodie … Continue reading

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visit the December Carnival of Children’s Literature for book-gift ideas

The December Carnival of Children’s Literature is up at Big A, Little A. The theme is about giving and receiving our favorite children’s books. Head on over there for some great gift ideas, some thoughtful articles, and tons of links … Continue reading

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review of picture book Chester by Melanie Watt

Every once in a while you find a picture book that makes you grin and grin, all the way through. Melanie Watt’s Chester did that for me. I really enjoyed it. Chester by Melanie Watt Kids Can Press (September 2007) … Continue reading

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