… that was covered with vinesHow many of youcan finish those lines?(Admittedly atrocious rhyme substitute) For those who can, you’ll be thrilled to see that Madeline made it to Betsy Bird’s #8. I think I can still recite the entire book – which is the beauty of rhyming picture books. The predictability of the words… Read more »
There’s an article in the Denver Post today about author Ellie Newmark’s rise on bestseller lists using Peggy McColl’s “Best-seller Coaching Program.” See “Making Success Happen.” I’m wondering if it can work for traditionally published books as well.
OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell, heads up my to-read list, and there’s a lot of blogging going on about his 10,000 hours to success theory. I buy it. And today a friend directed me to this NEW YORK TIMES op-ed piece about practice as compared to genius. I like that Brooks actually uses a writer as… Read more »
Can you write 7 books in 7 days? Or maybe just one perfect picture book. The challenge begins tomorrow. And Paula Yoo kicks it off here National Picture Book Writing Week.
If you haven’t been following Betsy Bird’s Top 100 Picture Book Poll you’re not too late to join in the fun. This NYC children’s librarian polled her blog readers on their top 10 picture books. Now she’s not only tallied the results, but she’s compiled comments, reviews, pictures and more, for each of the 100… Read more »
Tonight I’m being abducted. Right here. In downtown Denver. As a show of solidarity with Uganda’s night commuters – the Invisible Children. My sons have visited the IDP camps. They’ve slept where the night commuters have slept. The tragedy is real. Please, if you know any Denver moguls – Mayor Hickenlooper, Governor Ritter, John Elway,… Read more »
I’m just not sure how I feel about this. I so love the story with its simple truth. I fear when too much is added to it – the truth will blur, and the children who read the book after seeing the movie might lose the ability to put themselves in the story – the… Read more »
When I’ve finished reading Les Edgerton’s HOOKED: WRITE FICTION THAT GRABS READERS AT PAGE ONE AND NEVER LETS THEM GO, I plan on writing a review – a stellar review – because I’m completely taken with his pin-point logic, instruction and examples. I’m about halfway through so you’ll have to hold your breath. But in… Read more »
SOUL ENCHILADA is on the shelves!!! The Book – Have a look, then buy it now! The Author – David Macinnis Gill – my awesome critique buddy! The Reading Guide – Attentions book clubs and teachers! Author Interviews: Get to know the amazing David at Young Adult Book Central, Cynthea Liu, Julie M. Prince, Debbi… Read more »
With the upcoming (we’re talking minutes folks!) release of David Macinnis Gill’s SOUL ENCHILADA, don’t miss this fab reading guide.