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12 06, 2018

It’s Aliiiiiive! And This Year, Our Summer Reader Poll Is All About Horror : NPR

By | 2018-06-12T16:55:22+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Books|0 Comments

NPR is running it's summer reader poll, and this time, it's about the scariest books you've read. I'm nominating DARKDEEP, a new series by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs. UNCANNY has received nominations, too, I'm told. [Not that I'm hinting or anything. :) ] So what scares you? Besides clowns, I mean, because everyone is scared of clowns. Use the

9 06, 2018

Free Webinar: Lee & Low Books 2018 Showcase

By | 2018-06-09T13:44:37+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Books|0 Comments

Want a sneak-peak of future Lee&Low books? They're hosting a free online showcase. Psst. Writers out there--this is a great way to see how editors pitch books that they are passionate about. Join Lee & Low Books editors for a showcase of our 2018 books! Whether you’re a parent, teacher, librarian, or bookseller, this webinar will help you discover great

9 06, 2018

Texas: Austin | 2018 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Awards Chosen

By | 2018-06-09T05:07:02+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Comics, News|0 Comments

Great news from the powerhouse Austin SCBWI! Congratulations to Aimee Thomas, who has won Austin SCBWI’s 2018 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award! Plus, our mentor Jennifer Ziegler has decided to expand her mentorship to include an Honor recipient, Amy Bearce. Aimee receives a year’s mentorship with Jennifer, including one full manuscript critique. Amy receives one full manuscript critique.“Coming to

31 05, 2018

Cynsations: Guest Interview: Lin Oliver on the Global Future of Children’s Literature

By | 2018-05-27T23:41:37+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Interviews|0 Comments

"We want all children to see themselves reflected in literature," says Lin Lover of SCBWI. Cynsations is wrapping up its Bologna coverage with this interview about the future of kidlit and the industry. We want all children to see themselves reflected in literature. Source: Cynsations: Guest Interview: Lin Oliver on the Global Future of Children's Literature

31 05, 2018

New Blog: Wild Things

By | 2018-05-31T19:27:51+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Inklings|0 Comments

The MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts has announced a new blog, Home - Wild Things. The blog showcases "not only awards and publications, but what it’s like to be part of the VCFA community, and to recognize the other achievements of our alumni, students, and faculty in the field of

29 05, 2018

Dialogue Tips from a Goldilocks Planet by Dean Gloster

By | 2018-05-25T19:46:18+00:00 May 29th, 2018|Craft|0 Comments

Dean Gloster, author of the YA novel Dessert First, is an excellent writer and funny has hell (read his books--hell is funny). He's posted an article with tips for dialogue that will make you go hmmm. “Help!” Dialogue mechanics—how we present dialogue on the page—make it clear who is speaking without pulling us out of the story world. How do

27 05, 2018

Olga Tokarczuk Takes the 2018 Man Booker International Prize Winner

By | 2018-05-25T19:15:42+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Books|0 Comments

Not everything gets lost in translation: The 2018 Man Booker International Prize Winner is FLIGHTS by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft. The £50,000 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world, has been divided equally between the author and translator.Source: Announcing the 2018 Man Booker International Prize Winner

26 05, 2018

6 Picture Books: Castles in the Sand | SLJ Spotlight | School Library Journal

By | 2018-05-25T19:28:03+00:00 May 26th, 2018|Books|0 Comments

Ready for summer? To feel the sand between your toes? How about sand between the pages? These beachy summer picture books will start your vacation early. Nothing says summer like an outing to the beach. Sun-kissed hours spent swimming and splashing in the surf, exploring tidepools, picnicking or napping under an umbrella, hunting for shells, and, ofSource: 6 Picture Books: