Category Archives: children’s books

Politics in Picture Books – Do They Belong?

I find this new trend of creating picture books for children chock full of politics a bit disturbing. I’m not talking about politics like rights for people, I’m talking about the presidential election in the US, where picture books have … Continue reading

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Catch up on the SCBWI summer conference from a blog

Can’t go to the 37th Annual Summer SCBWI conference this year? Yeah, I can’t either; I just can’t afford the air flight, hotel, etc. Well, we’re in luck, because Alice Pope, editor of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, will … Continue reading

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Angelina Ballerina being made into a TV series

Angelina Ballerina, a picture book that has been loved by children for more than 20 years, is being drawn from as Hit Entertainment and WNET produce Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, a new CGI series that introduces Angelina Ballerina as … Continue reading

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review of middle-grade book The End of the Beginning by Avi

The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) by Avi, illustrated by Tricia Tusa Harcourt (April 2008) (paperback edition) ISBN-10: 0152055320, ISBN-13: 9780152055325 My rating: 4 out of 5 stars “I’ve … Continue reading

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review of picture book The Boy From The Sun by Duncan Weller

I love picture books that inspire me, that bring a sense of beauty and hope, that encourage the reader to dream, to draw on creativity. The Boy From the Sun does all that. It is a real feel-good, magical book. … Continue reading

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what makes a book good is a matter of taste and opinion, as well as good writing

photo: dandjump@sbcglobal.net @ flickr I am frequently reminded just how subjective a “good book” is. In a children’s writing discussion group I’m in, someone stated that Cornelia Funke was the worst children’s writer ever. This really surprised me, since Cornelia … Continue reading

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Teacher creates a reading quiz for children to inspire and award readers

photo: risen1 @ flickr I love reading about people who help encourage children to read–especially when the stories are inspiring. So it was with great enjoyment that I read about Newzealander Wayne Mills, a former Waikato University lecturer, who created … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis’ handwriting was analysed by an expert

I love C. S. Lewis’ children’s books–his Narnia series is deliciously full of magic and fantasy and bits of the real world–so I was intrigued when I saw an article by the UK newspaper TimesOnline, that said that HarperCollins hired … Continue reading

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Receiving books in the mail is such fun

I just received my author copy of Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths that my short story “Comfort Food” is in. (Well, okay, my author copy plus a few other copies I bought for my closest friends.) It is such a … Continue reading

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Some great posts–memories of the Central Children’s Room, illustrations from Go To Bed Monster illustrator, and discussing favorite L M Montgomery books

There’s all sorts of great posts happening in the kidlit world. If you like beautiful illustrations, if you’ve read and loved Go To Bed, Monster! (one of my favorite picture books, which is written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by … Continue reading

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