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Member SCBWI, ICL, CWI, OWAIC, United States
My life's goal is to read all the Newbery Medal Winners and Newbery Honor books, but sometimes my writing gets in the way.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Book shopping?

If you've never visited biblio.com you are in for a treat when you do. Looking for a book your mom used to read to you? Looking for a rare book? On biblio.com you can browse by subject, title or author. They have sales and a "make an offer" section as well. This should ease your shopping problem for that special reader on your list.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Me...write Poetry for Children?

Do you have a poem running around in your head? Or a rhyming story that you wrote for your own children? If so, you may win $500.00 and be published! Go to this link http://www.thechildrenswriter.com/af627/ 
Follow the directions and enter soon. Good luck.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Is Your Child's School Looking for an Author to Speak?

Suzanne Slade is a prolific author who loves to speak to school children via Skype. Check out her website and get to know her. www.suzanneslade.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

Building a Book Collection for Children

A mentor of mine, Mary R. Dunn, has a great website with an article on easy ways to create and add to your child's library. Click on this link, go to the 7th article on her list and gain some practical ideas: http://www.marydunnbooks.com/other_publications.htm

Thank you, Mary.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


www.schoollibraryjournal.com is busy, but chock-full of lots of good stuff. With a little patience, you will find everything from early learning information to books for teens and much, much more. Enjoy! Has anyone read the 1960 Newbery Medal Winner "Onion John"? Although 40+ years old, it seems very applicable for today's kids. Classic material? What did you think?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kids' Fun

Next time you're stuck in a waiting room with kids going bonkers, link to the web on your phone, and go to www.smories.com. A hundred thumbnails of kids pop up. Click on a face your child likes. That child will tell stories to your child! Some are in rhyme; some are for toddlers; some are for the older set, but all are wholesome. A great way for your kids to see others who love to read.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Oldies But Goodies

Another link I'd like to share is http://www.bookchilde.org This website preserves and promotes early children's book collections from across Europe. And when I say early, I mean early--from past centuries. Teachers, students, parents, literary historians and researchers will love it. So will just plain, curious folks.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Another Laudable Link

The Horn Book has a wonderfully user friendly website www.hbook.com which promotes good literature for kids and teens. It gives reviews of the story lines and posts award winning authors and illustrators. Try it--you'll like it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Can You Write For Kindergartners?

Win money and fame!! Institute of Children's Literature is holding a writing contest. Go to their website: http://www.childrenswriter.com/ and get their rules for submission. Next, write an engaging story that kindergartners can read. Remember to follow their directions carefully. Hurry, the deadline is February 28th, 2011. Good luck and let me know if you're the big winner!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Winners' List of Books for Kids

Having a hard time choosing a Newbery Medal Winner or Newbery Honor Book for a child's gift? Print a shopping list at www.ala.org/alsc. This is the website for American Library Association's "Association for Library Service to Children." In the left index, click on Awards & Grants, then click on Book & Media Awards, and finally click on Newbery Medal & Honor Books 1922-Present. You'll never run out of gift ideas!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Great Books for Kids

In doubt about what to buy for a child's gift? 
Check your bookstore for 
Newbery Medal Winners  or Newbery Honor Books.
You can't go wrong.