Great Reads

Writing Book Review: Second Sight

Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adultsby Cheryl B. Klein Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Asterisk Books (March 9, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0615420826 When I received the request to support Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine Books) editor, Cheryl Klein, in her endeavor to publish this book, I… Read more »

Children’s Author Chris Barton Takes on a New Identity

Bestselling children’s author, Chris Barton, is known for his award-winning picture books The Day Glo Brothers and Shark Vs. Train. But these days, he’s donning a new disguise – or genre, if you will. His young-adult book Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories of False Identities recently hit bookstore shelves with rave reviews. Publisher’s… Read more »

MOCKINGBIRD and “Showing” Emotion

So I pulled MOCKINGBIRD from the shelf because I’d been aware but not completely in touch with the praise it’s received. I hadn’t read the reviews. I didn’t even know what it was about. I just knew that people – a lot of people – thought it was good – really good. But I’m not… Read more »

When You Read This …

I just finished reading WHEN YOU REACH ME – winner of the 2010 John Newbery Medal and wow! I’m not always the biggest fan of story-within-a-story books, but by weaving bits of A WRINKLE IN TIME into the 1979 setting, Rebecca Stead hints at elements of time-travel without the book slipping fully into science fiction… Read more »

The Temptation to Teach a Lesson

I recently autographed dozens of bookplates for TOO PICKLEY! with personalizations for children, but requested primarily by adults. In many of the requests, I was instructed to inscribe mini-warnings like “Remember to eat your veggies” or “Fruits come first.” I find it interesting that, as adults, we can’t seem to let go of those “teachable… Read more »

Congratulations to all the Colorado Book Awards Winners!

ASPEN, CO – A standing-room-only crowd, including Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, celebrated the 19th Annual Colorado Book Awards on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen. Hickenlooper, a long-time collaborator with Colorado Humanities and Colorado Center for the Book, spoke to the 200 attendees about taking the… Read more »

Win an autographed F&G of TOO PICKLEY!

… and your friends will be pickle-green with envy!Okay, maybe that’s going too far but I couldn’t resist because –I’m giving away one autographed F&G of TOO PICKLEY! which doesn’t officially hit bookstore shelves until 7/6/10. It’s easy to enter. Just hop on over to Goodreads Book Giveaways.The deadline in 5/31/10.

Congratulations to all the Colorado Book Awards Finalists

2010 COLORADO BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS Anthology/Collection Broken Links Mended Lives: A selection of short stories by members of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Janet Lane, Susan Mackay Smith and Jeanne C. Stein, editors, RMFW Press A Dozen on Denver: Stories, Rocky Mountain News, editor, Fulcrum Publishing Beats At Naropa: An Anthology, Anne Waldman and Laura Wright,… Read more »