Monthly Archives: February 2009

Where do authors get their ideas from?

People seem to ask this question all the time of authors. If that question interests you, check out M. J. Rose’s Backstory blog, where authors write about the things that sparked the ideas for their books. If you’re an author, … Continue reading

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review of picture book How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham Candlewick (Aug 2008) ISBN-10: 0763639036, ISBN-13: 978-0763639037 Ages: 4-8 (and up) My rating: 5 out of 5 stars High above the city, no one heard the s oft thud of feathers … Continue reading

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Share a Story, Shape a Future: A Blog Tour for Literacy

Share a Story, Shape a Future Stories encourage dreams, and reading helps kids dream, and achieve their dreams. Share a Story – Shape a Future is a blog event for literacy. From March 9 to March 13, 2009, blogging librarians, … Continue reading

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3 Twilight movies

We all know how Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books have taken off. They’re incredibly popular (yay! I love it when YA books get people reading), and the first Twilight movie seems to have been a success. The second Twilight movie, New … Continue reading

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Gifts for Book Lovers and Writers, Part 5

I love finding book-related gifts that appeal to readers and writers. Books are such an important part of my life, and I know they enrich others’, too. Below are some of the recent things I’ve found. Dr. Seuss Cat In … Continue reading

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review of picture book Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman

Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman Henry Holt and Co. (September 2008) ISBN-10: 080508682X, ISBN-13: 978-0805086829 Ages: 4-8 (and up) My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Katie loved those kittens so much. As soon as she saw them, … Continue reading

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Lesbian and Gay Books for Teens

It’s important for teens to find validation and examples of themselves in books–most especially when those teens are marginalized or facing something like homophobia, as gay/lesbian teens do. There are so few children’s and YA books that give positive models … Continue reading

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Harry Potter covers redesigned–for fun

A book cover can grab a reader–or push them away. I know a book cover can gain my initial interest if it’s good. And I know some people who’ve bought books solely based on the book cover. So a book … Continue reading

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review of picture book Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt Kids Can Press (March 2009) ISBN-10: 1554532884, ISBN-13: 978-1554532889 Ages 4-8 and up. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. He’d rather stay awake than risk having a bad … Continue reading

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Publisher predicts the publishing recession will improve

According to GalleyCat, Allan Kornblum, publisher of the non-profit Coffee House Books, thinks that the publishing recession will begin to improve by 2011. Since Coffee House Books depends on donations for 40 percent of their income, they have, GalleyCat noted, … Continue reading

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