I've already talked about how much I enjoyed Searching For Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (see my blog entry) and Hotel Deep: Light Verse From Dark Water by Kurt Cyrus (see my blog entry) but I also wanted to highlight three more titles on Harcourt's spring 2005 list.
the enthusiasm in the language of Starry Safari by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jeff Mack;
the art from Kitten's Big Adventure, written and illustrated by Mie Araki (related booktalk);
and the title poem from Please Bury Me In The Library by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Kyle M. Stone (related booktalk).
J. Patrick Lewis Teacher Resource File from the Internet School Library Media Center.
Frequently Asked Questions From Beginning Writers and Research Is For The Background from Greg Leitich Smith's blog. Greg is the author of Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo (Little Brown, 2003) and the upcoming companion book, Tofu And T.Rex (Little Brown, July 2005). Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo was recently nominated for the Georgia Children's Book Award for 2005-2006.
Understanding Rejection Slips by Jennifer Minar from Writing Fiction.