Great Reads


HURRAY!! GOODNIGHT MOON took the #2 spot on Betsy Bird’s Top 100 Picture Books Poll. Tell me why you love GOODNIGHT MOON and win a copy of the book. I’ll draw a winner from the first ten readers to comment on this blog post.

A Little Stand-Up with Lois Lowry

Having read her books like THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE and NUMBER THE STARS I had almost forgotten that Lois Lowry has her ANASTASIA KRUPNIK side (do you remember what Anastasia wants to name the baby?) as well. Take a look at her hilarious judge’s decision process in School Library Journal’s “Battle of the Kids Books”… Read more »

In an old house in Paris …

… 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 »

Creating the perfect “inciting incident”

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 »

All the SOUL You Need!

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 »