Monthly Archives: July 2008

review of picture book The Searcher and Old Tree by David McPhail

The Searcher and Old Tree by David McPhail Charlesbridge (Feb 2008) ISBN-13: 978-1580892230 My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars He closes his eyes and goes to sleep. While the Searcher sleeps, the wind starts to blow. It whips the … Continue reading

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People urge the Chicago Tribune to keep their book review section

There seem to have been a lot of newspapers lately that have dropped or shortened their book review sections, including children’s book reviews. So it’s heartening when a newspaper keeps theirs. Recently, the Chicago Tribune had a suggestion box for … Continue reading

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Join Cynthia Leitich Smith in a chat tonight

Did you enjoy Tantalize (YA gothic fantasy)? Want to talk with the author, Cynthia Leitich Smith–or just listen in? Then go to the ALAN Book Chat tonight–9 pm EST, 8 pm CST–for the live chat. You don’t have to be … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer released

For those of you that are into the Harry Potter movies, you might like to know that Warner Bros. has released the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince teaser trailer. You can view it in a number of places, including … 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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Meg Cabot on reading for pleasure

Meg Cabot reminds us of the importance of reading for pleasure–and not judging others by the books that they read for pleasure. Meg used to babysit a girl who would only read the Sweet Valley High books, and her parents … Continue reading

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Mo Willems coming to NPR soon

Picture book (and early reader) illustrator and author Mo Willems just got hired as NPR’s radio cartoonist on All Things Considered. A radio cartoon? “What the heck is that?” you say. I wondered, too, since cartoons are visual, not auditory. … Continue reading

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Do you have a debut children’s or teen book coming out soon? Get some free promotion.

If you’re a debut author with a children’s or YA book coming out in the near future, you might be able to cash in on some free book promotion. Alice Pope, editor of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, is … Continue reading

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Graphic novel The Night Bookmobile up in weekly installments

I love books about books, especially when they show a love of books or reading. Do you like reading stories about books? How about a graphic novel about a night bookmobile? Well, Guardian is putting up weekly installments of graphic … Continue reading

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3 children’s/teen comics being made into TV movies

I think comics can be a great and fun way to get kids reading. And you longtime readers will know that I think TV shows and movies based on books (and comics) can help give attention to those books (and … Continue reading

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