Monthly Archives: May 2008

review of picture book Not So Tall For Six by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer

Not So Tall for Six by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer Charlesbridge (February 2008) ISBN-10: 1570917051, ISBN-13: 978-1570917059 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars At times like this a sneaky thought tip-tippity-two-steps across Kylie Bell’s brain. … Continue reading

Posted in children's book recommendations, children's book review, picture book review | Leave a comment

Great articles, interviews, and more about children’s books

There’s so much neat stuff out there in kidlit blogs right now! Here are just a few: I *love* Polly Dunbar’s picture books–most especially Flyaway Katie. If you like her books, you might be interested in checking out the interview … Continue reading

Posted in book-related news | 2 Comments

neat book trailers for Jeremy Tankard’s new picture book Me Hungry.

Remember Grumpy Bird by illustrator/author Jeremy Tankard? Well, Tankard has a new book out–Me Hungry–and he’s got some short book trailers on YouTube (they’re about 15 seconds each). They stand out to me, because it’s Tankard’s art come alive. Me … Continue reading

Posted in book trailer, book-related video | Leave a comment

Children’s Writers’ Conference in Toronto – Packaging Your Imagination

Packaging Your Imagination is an annual one-day conference in Toronto for children’s writers, put on by CANSCAIP–the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers. Each year, there are workshops for children’s writers at all stages, as well as for … Continue reading

Posted in children's writer workshops | 1 Comment

review of YA fantasy Angel by Cliff McNish

Angel by Cliff McNish Carolrhoda Books/Lerner (February 2008) ISBN-13: 978-0822589006 My rating: 3 out of 5 stars Freya had been fast asleep in her open-windowed bedroom when the curtains slowly swirled and there he was, like the perfection of a … Continue reading

Posted in teen fiction book review, YA book review | Leave a comment

Jason Carter Eaton’s middle-grade book The Facttracker will become a movie

Jason Carter Eaton’s middle-grade book The Facttracker is going to become a live-action movie; MGM purchased the film rights. David Silverman (Monsters Inc., The Simpsons Movie) will direct the movie. I wonder if this will get some kids who haven’t … Continue reading

Posted in movies based on children's books | Leave a comment

The Hardy Boys will become a video game

The Hardy Boys series is going to be converted into a PC game–The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft. It will be created by JoWooD and DreamCatcher Games, in conjunction with Resnick Interactive Development, and will be available this fall. For … Continue reading

Posted in children's books into games | Leave a comment

The Children’s Book Bank – promoting a love of reading in lower income children

The Children’s Book Bank just opened up in Toronto. It’s like a cross between a children’s book store and a library, only they give books away for free to children from low-income families, help children find the books that fit … Continue reading

Posted in book-related news, children's literacy, encourage children to read | 3 Comments

Writing Words: a poem I wrote about writing

Silvia ViƱuales / Foter / CC BY-ND Writing Words There are words beneath my skin. Poems. Secrets. Memories held. They lie there, waiting for me to listen, so they can bubble up to the surface, ink on my skin-paper, released. … Continue reading

Posted in poetry about writing | 5 Comments

The Electric Company – a TV show that encourages reading – is making a comeback.

The Electric Company–a TV show that encourages children to read by focusing on reading readiness for K6-9–is making a comeback. Sesame Workshop will begin production of The Electric Company this month in New York City. (The original series ran on … Continue reading

Posted in encourage children to read, promoting children's books | 2 Comments