Monthly Archives: September 2008

Why ban books?

It always seems incredible to me that people ban books–or try to. Books are THE safest way I can think of to learn something. They can provide so much–comfort, inspiration, moments of happiness and joy. A break from painful experiences … Continue reading

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L. M. Montgomery, who gave hope to so many, lost hope herself

Writers and artists are often more sensitive than other people. We feel things more–like Anne in Anne of Green Gables. I always identified with her strong highs and deep lows, flights of imagination, and her deep compassion, her ability to … Continue reading

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Read about authors’ important lessons about writing

Cynthia Leitich Smith, over at Cynsations, has a series of posts by established authors answering her question: “Over the past decade, what are the most important lessons you’ve learned about your craft, the writing/artistic life, and/or publishing, and why?” Cynthia … Continue reading

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Using books to get through an upsetting situation

photo: Rena5 @ Flickr I love it when people incorporate their love of books–especially children’s books–into their lives. I love it even more when that love of books helps turn around what could be an awful situation into an endurable … Continue reading

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More posts soon

I know I haven’t been posting much lately–I have bronchitis and it’s been wiping me out, energy wise and emotionally. But I will get back to posting more, I promise. In the meantime, consider entering the book giveaway–Dog Lost is … Continue reading

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October Book Giveaway – Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee

I have a real treat for you. FIVE people will win a copy of Dog Lost by Ingrid Lee, just by leaving a comment below. If you link to this contest on your blog or site, you’ll get an extra … Continue reading

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I am so thankful for books and reading

Photo by MorBCN @ Flickr You know that Abba song, “Thank You For the Music”? With that joyful chorus: “So I say Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing Who can … Continue reading

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Picture books Wibbly Pig to become animated series

The picture book series Wibbly Pig by author and illustrator Mark Inkpen is becoming an animated series, and will air in the spring of 2009. The series will be distributed in the UK as well as worldwide. Some of Wibbly … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games winners

And the winners are… Becky Sean Angie Amanda and Kam. Thank you everyone for entering. I’m sorry you couldn’t all win. Winners, I’ve emailed you. I’m home with a cold/flu thing today, but I’m hoping I’ll be better by Monday … Continue reading

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video for word lovers (yep, Sesame Street again)

I’m a Sesame Street fan, as you long-time readers will know. One thing I loved as a kid was how Bert (or other muppets) could get so enthusiastic about words and letters–the way Bert does with his “National Association of … Continue reading

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