Tuesday, December 07, 2004

11,000 Years Lost by Peni R. Griffin

Greg and I took off down I-35 to The Twig in San Antonio this evening to attend Peni Griffin's signing of 11,000 Years Lost. I'm particularly interested in the manuscript--though I've yet to read this current incarnation--because all things Peni are fascinating and because I read the initial draft back when I lived on Lake Austin Boulevard. She told me about her Pleistocene Ice Age Extension Page (a companion to the novel), looked darling in her green-and-white dress, and generally was lovely to see.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Liz Garton Scanlon

Spent most of the past weekend working on a revision of a picture book manuscript I'm writing with Greg. I just love my husband. He's so amazing. And then our writing buddy Anne Bustard was gracious enough to look it over for us before we sent it out. Thanks, Anne!

Today's highlight was lunch at Katz's with Liz Garton Scanlon, author of A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES: A POCKET BOOK (Harper, 2004). This debut picture book, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, is a must-read the whole year long and a must-have for National Poetry Month. Look for more great books from Liz in the future!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Researching Reality: How a Young Adult Novelist Researches

Read a PDF file of the article Researching Reality: How a Young Adult Novelist Researches by Alex Flinn, an Author Talk from VOYA (December 2004).

Alex Flinn is the author of Breathing Underwater (Harper, 2001), Breaking Point (Harper, 2002), Nothing To Lose (Harper, 2004), and Fade To Black (Harper, 2005).

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Florida for Kids

Young Floridians and their friends can find out more about this sunny state from the books of Sandra Friend.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Jingle Dancer Student Photos

Wow! I just received the most gorgeous set of photographs of students, projects, and Jingle Dancer from Mrs. McGuire and the grade two English-to-French Immersion class, Agnew H. Johnston School, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They say, "We think Jenna is a gentle and unselfish girl because she took only one row of bells from each person."

How sweet! Thanks so much, and keep reading!

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Multicultural Guide Books

Jingle Dancer, Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and Indian Shoes are all recommended titles in "Culturally Speaking: Contemporary Native Americans" by Sherry York (Library Media Connection, November/December 2004). It's essentially an annotated bibliography of contemporary Native books, divided by picture books--fiction, fiction, series, and biography for young readers.

I see that the author has a new book coming out, too:

Ethnic Book Awards by Sherry York (Linworth Publishing, 2005). "A unique resource for Americas, Asian Pacific American, Carter G. Woodson, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, Syndney Taylor, and Tomas Rivera Awards!"

York is also the author of Picture Books by Latino Writers: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (March 2002); Children's and Young Adult Literature by Latino Writers: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (August 2002); and Children's and Yiung Adult Literature by Native Americans: A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents, and Students (April, 2003).
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