Monthly Archives: March 2009

Where the Wild Things Are movie trailer looks good

The trailer for the movie Where the Wild Things Are (based on the book by Maurice Sendak) looks really good to me! I love the book. I couldn’t see how they could make a feature film from a picture book … Continue reading

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funny comic – grammar mistakes in a love note

I love Rose Is Rose–it’s my all-time favorite comic strip. It’s so often sweet, uplifting, and funny. I found this one particularly enjoyable; it made me grin. It’s not only librarians who notice grammar mistakes, but also writers, editors, and … Continue reading

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30 Poets, 30 Days – New Children’s Poetry

Like children’s poetry? Want to introduce a child or adult to some fun poetry? Check out 30 Poets, 30 Days at GottaBook next month. Every day in April, to celebrate National Poetry Month, Greg will post a previously unpublished poem … Continue reading

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review of picture book A Friend by Anette Bley

Friends are so important–they can help bring comfort, laughter, understanding, and joy. I love finding books about friends that feel celebratory and affirming. A Friend by Anette Bley is all of that. A Friend by Anette Bley Kane/Miller (March 2009) … Continue reading

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StoryTubes – vote for your favorite children’s book video

StoryTubesis a video project that features 2-minute or shorter “my favorite book” videos created by students. The project is ssponsored by public libraries. This year, it accepted videos from the United States and Canada, and there are more than 400 … Continue reading

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Why Laurie Halse Anderson wrote Wintergirls

A video worth watching! I think this will appeal to readers, teachers, and anyone who has an interest in eating disorders. I think this is a spot of great book promotion! What do you think? Does this video appeal to … Continue reading

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spending a small author advance

Regular readers will know that I got the advance for my first YA book (a hi-lo medieval fantasy published by HIP Books, Sept 2009) not long ago. I intended to put the entire advance on bills (it’s not a huge … Continue reading

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins … to become a movie

Remember Mr. Popper’s Penguins? According to Variety (via Cynopsis Kids), Fox has optioned the film rights to Mr. Popper’s Penguins (originally published in 1939). Sean Anders and John Morris are writing the screenplay. Another children’s book has also just been … Continue reading

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Authors – writing a query letter?

Writing a query letter? Check out the brief but good advice by children’s author Jill Corcoran, and the multiple links to tons of good blog posts she compiled on the subject.

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Kindle for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Don’t have a Kindle, but want to read Kindle eBooks? Now you can, if you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Amazon has just released a free Kindle iPhone app that allows users to read Kindle ebooks on their … Continue reading

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