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Hello, readers, royals, and mediators! It’s been such a fun, busy summer. I’ve had a great time seeing (and hearing from) so many of you during my 15th Anniversary Princess Diaries tour to celebrate the releases of Royal Wedding and From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess!
But guess what? It’s not over yet. I’ve still got a few more (national and international) stops to make in September and October!
Read on to see if I’ll be visiting a town near you (unless of course you’re my mother-in-law, in which case you already know I’m coming to see you. Hi, Bonnie)!
In the meantime, the cover reveal (and synopsis) for Remembrance, Mediator 7 (in stores February 14, 2016), is coming soon . . .
Come see me and my amazing fellow writers at the following locations:
Decatur Book Festival
601 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
- Saturday, September 05, 2015 – 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM
First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary
Panel: Queens of Romance with Meg Cabot, Robyn Carr and Kristan Higgans, signing to follow
- Sunday, September 06, 2015 – 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM
Panel: Happily Ever After with Meg Cabot, Jessica Lawson, Elizabeth Lenhard, signing to follow
Columbus Children’s Book Festival
Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Rd, Columbus, Georgia 31906
- Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Noon-1:00 PM
Embrace Your Inner Princess! – Signing to follow
Read for Pixels 2015
Online Chat – Register here
- Sunday, September 27, 2015 – 11:30PM EST (8:30 PST)
Reading and Q&A session in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal Campaign.
I’m so excited to be heading to Brazil in October! Can’t wait to see you there!!! Obrigada!!! (I’m seriously going to learn more Brazilian Portuguese than this one word before I get there.)
Cachoeira, BA – Oct 18th, 10AM
Recife, PE – Oct 19th, 5pm
Saraiva MegaStore Riomar Shopping Recife
Avenida Republica do Líbano, s/nº – Piso L2 – Luc 227 – Pina
CEP: 51110-160 – Recife – PE
São Paulo, SP – Oct 20th, 5pm
Saraiva MegaStore Shopping Center Norte
Travessa Casalbuono, 120 – Loja 414 – Vila Guilherme
CEP: 02047-050 – São Paulo – SP
Porto Alegre, RS – Oct 21st, 5pm
Saraiva MegaStore BarraShopping Sul
Av. Diário de Notícias, 300 – Loja 1022 – Cristal
CEP: 90810-080 – Porto Alegre – RS
Belo Horizonte, MG – Oct 22nd, 5pm
Saraiva Megastore Shopping Diamond Mall
Av. Olegario Maciel, 1600 – Lojas 16 a 21 – Nivel Bernardo Guimarães Lourdes
CEP: 30180-111 – Belo Horizonte – MG
Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Oct 23rd, 5pm
Saraiva MegaStore Shopping Rio Sul
Av. Lauro Muller, 116 – Botafogo
CEP: 22290-160 – Rio de Janeiro – RJ
It’s going to be an amazing trip! I can’t wait to see you there!
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Ann Levine and Andy Laties of Bank Street Books in New York tell us what's on the shelves.
What trends do you notice in children’s book sales? What are the current hot reads?
Graphic novels are a growing segment of book publishing, and many are designed specifically for young readers. A good example is Cece Bell's El Deafo, a 2015 Newbery Honor book that appeals to a range of ages because it tells the author's own childhood story in words and pictures.
How do you choose what books to order? Do you use a publishing rep?
New books are promoted by publishers and often ordered through reps who know the children's market as well as talented authors and illustrators. We attend trade shows that keep us apprised of upcoming titles, and we read trade magazines, blogs, reviews, and newsletters.
What would you like to see more of from authors/illustrators in terms of community involvement?
Authors and illustrators are usually generous with their time, especially when they are promoting their books, meeting with families, talking to children, visiting classrooms, and appearing at literacy events. Many writers and artists attended our recent grand opening when we moved our store location. At the Brooklyn Book Fair there are always many writers and artists who appear in person at programs designed for the public.
How do you handle author/illustrator visits? Can authors/illustrators contact you directly?
We publicize special events on our store website and in our store newsletter. Authors and illustrators are welcome to contact us, but we make final decisions about scheduling dates and times.
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller/manager/librarian?
Getting books in the hands of young children is an important part of learning and understanding, and it is very gratifying to know we have helped them discover that every book is a new adventure.
Personal book recommendation?
Recommendations from our staff: Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton; Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo; Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee; Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly; Young Hee and the Pullocho by Mark James Russell; Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick; and You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple.
Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last weekabout writing from the last week:Five Things I've Learned Editing the Best Horror of the Year (Ellen Datlow) www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/27/ellen-datlow-five-things-learned-editing-best-horror-of-the-year/The Rule and 12 Tips for Writers and Their Family and Their Friends… (Julianna Baggott) www.writerunboxed.com/2015/08/27/the-rule-and-12-tips-for-writers-and-their-family-and-their-friends/ Fool's Gold: Why You Should Ignore Trends and Write What You Want (Dario Ciriello) http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/08/fools-gold-why-you-should-ignore-trends.htmlI Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers (Chuck Wendig) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/26/i-smell-your-rookie-moves-new-writers/Stop Comparing Yourself to Others (Sara Crawford) www.thewritelife.com/how-to-be-a-successful-writer/Kill Your Darlings—Unless You Can Give Them Goals (Bonnie Randall) http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/08/kill-your-darlingsunless-you-can-give.htmlHow Outlining Can Bring Out Voice (Gabriela Lessa) https://janefriedman.com/2015/08/24/how-outlining-can-bring-out-voice/On not writing (Jennifer R. Hubbard) http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/425142.htmlIf you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, and last week’s list
.If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time). Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.
Here's a little draw tip for you:
When you are keeping an art journal, you don't need to fill each page with a perfect drawing. You may not have time to fill a whole page in one go. And hey, telling yourself that the completely blank page should be filled with a fantastic piece of art seems high pitched and isn't very motivating if you just feel like putting pen on paper.
So that's what you do: let the ink flow and enjoy your pen lines on the paper. Choose to draw details of your day. If you do a few of them throughout the day or the week, your double page will be filled in the end.
How glorious it is to receive books from loved friends, and loved writers. The third Ruta Sepetys novel, the already-much-acclaimed Salt to the Sea
, is here. And I can't wait to read. You'll hear more from me on this once this veil of supreme busyness passes.
Your Hand in My Hand. Mark Sperring. Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. 2015. [November] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
First sentence: Your hand in my hand is where it belongs. Your hand in my hand as we walk along. The world's full of wonders. There's so much to see. I'll find them with you if you find them with me.
Premise/plot: Your Hand in My Hand celebrates families, friendship, seasons, and nature. The illustrations feature a parent and child. (They're mice, I believe.) It's a sweet and precious book. Not every reader loves sweet and precious. Not all adults and not all children. But for the right reader, or set of readers, this one is quite lovely.
My thoughts: Did I love it? Yes and no. I didn't love Your Hand in My Hand as much as his previous book, Max and the Won't Go To Bed Show. I really loved that spirited book. Your Hand is My Hand is much quieter, not as exuberant or obnoxious. There's something personal and precious about it which I can't help liking. This one was originally published in the UK.
Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10
© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews
When a father is sent overseas to fight during WWII, he tells his young son to be brave. This idea of war is scary for the boy, but so are some of the daily things in his life, like the air raid sirens, and thinking about bombs and guns. The young boy is especially afraid of the trade horses who come down his street.
First, there is the ragman's large horse Josephina. When the ragman comes around to collect rags, paper and even metal for the war effort, the boy shies away from the horse. Seeing that, the ragman asks if he would like to feed the horse a carrot and make friends with it, but the boy is too scared to do it.
He feels the same way about the milkman's horse Nell when they come down the street pulling the milk cart. He has the same reaction to the garbage man's horse when they come to collect the trash. But all the while, the young boy remembers the story his father told him about the time he had been bitten on the shoulder by one of the horses on his father's farm as a boy. He, too, developed a fear of horses, but his father needed his help on the farm. The boy's father told him that sometimes, if it's important enough, you just have to do things even if you are scared.
Meanwhile, the young boy is trying to think of a wonderful birthday present he could get his dad with his jar of saved pennies. One day, the pony man shows up and asks the boy if he would like his picture taken on the pony. But the boy, who has been remembering all the horse stories his dad had told him, declines the offer.
Suddenly, remembering his father's words about being brave, the boy knows just what would be the perfect gift to send his dad - a photo of him bravely sitting on the pony. A gift for his father is important to the boy, but, can he, like his father, put aside he fear long enough to have the photo taken?
Pennies in a Jar
is such an inspirational story for young readers. All children have fears, some rational, some irrational, but finding the courage to overcome what they are afraid of is an important step, especially when they are separated from a parent fighting in a war and worried about them. In that respect, even though this story takes place in WWII, and we know longer have trade horses coming down our streets on a regular basis, this is a book that will still resonate with many kids today. After all, it's not about the horses, it's about being brave.
Ted Lewin's realistically detailed watercolor illustrations add depth and expressiveness to the story by creating the world of a small town during WWII. They will remind you of the paintings done by Norman Rockwell in the 1940s, who also liked to capture life's small important moments in small town daily life.
There is a Note from the Author
at the back of the book describing what life was like during the war -games kids played, how people passed the time, rationing and kids doing what they could for the war effort. And, of course, being brave during difficult times.
This is an excellent book for starting many different kinds of conversations and would make a wonderful addition to any classroom or home school library.
This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was borrowed from the NYPL
Lauren Rille is an Associate Art Director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume; Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; Scraps by Lois Ehlert; One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; and the New York Times best-selling Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for new talent.
What do you look for in a portfolio?
In a broad sense, I look for a consistent level of quality throughout. Are all the pieces at the same level of finish? Does the style carry through from beginning to end? I look at technical things, too: Are the drawing and the perspective sound? Is there a good sense of composition and good use of value structures? Sometimes I scan for hands; hands can be tricky to draw, and if I see none, or if I see them hidden throughout, I worry it’s a red flag! But within those technical parts, and just as much as those technical parts, I’m looking for a point of view, a sense of humor. I want to see your personality! We hire you for your technical skill, of course, but also for your interpretation of the world and the way you bring words to life.
Where do you find artists? Any tips for how artists can promote themselves?
I look for artists everywhere! I’ve found them anywhere from agents’ websites to Pinterest to Etsy to Tumblr to Instagram—you name it. I am not concerned with the context of the art, just the work itself. There’s no magic to how you present it—I don’t mind if you have a simple blog or the fanciest website in town. Good work shows through. Sometimes I’ll start at an artist’s personal site and then click through the links of other artists that follow them, and so on and so on, just to see where it takes me and what I might discover. So I think having a social media presence is smart—even a basic blog or Tumblr in lieu of a website (I’ve never been a big fan of websites–templated blogs and the like are so easy to use and update!)—anything to get the work out there. I’m mixed on postcards—I sometimes think a more-targeted mailing of something slightly more special than a postcard (read: harder to discard) to a handful of specific ADs or editors whose work you’ve researched and really like is perhaps a better use of time and resources.
How do you pair artists with manuscripts?
It varies! Sometimes it’s as simple as matching the age range and feel of the text with art that complements it—for example a young and sweet text will call for an illustrator with a similar vibe. With quirky or unusual texts, we can reach for something unexpected and different. Sometimes an author will offer a suggestion that really works. Sometimes we’ll decide to pair a big-name artist with a first-time author to help launch them, or we’ll pair two heavy hitters to create a book with a lot of buzz behind it. Mostly though, it starts with a conversation between me and the editor about his or her vision for the book. We’ll discuss what they saw in it that made them want to acquire it and what shape they imagine the illustrations taking. Then I’ll do the research to find some artists that match that vision as well as one or two others that could push it in a slightly different direction. Occasionally a text will come to me already paired with an illustrator—that can be part of the initial proposal from the agent or it may be that the editor has found an illustrator.
What happens if an author/illustrator submits but you only want to acquire their text and not their illustrations?
I get this question a lot, and my answer is always the same: Throw a party! You got a book deal! If you have aims to illustrate, keep working on your art and use the contacts you establish through your manuscript deal to try to get more feedback and perhaps an opportunity to show other people in-house your work. Conversely, if you are so tied to your text that you can’t fathom anyone else illustrating it, then perhaps you’re too close to your work for the commercial market. Making a children’s book is a huge collaboration, and there are a lot of cooks in the kitchen, so you’ve got to be ready to hear feedback from any number of people, which means not being too precious with your work. IF you’re open to it, all those voices help push you to be an even better writer, illustrator, and ARTIST than you already are!
It's back to school time!
September promises to be filled with fun theater, exhibitions, and mo'!
SERIOUSLY SILLY: THE ART & WHIMSY OF MO WILLEMS is on view at the HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta, GA!
exhibit is based on the 2013 solo show at the Eric Carle Museum, with
added original work and cool interactive stuff. Don't miss it!
I'm very excited about the
Another videogame is heading to the screen–this time, Borderlands, a FPS game is set in a comics-inspired SF universe. Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who certainly have a lot os experience with comics-inspired films, are making it with Lionsgate. The game was developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K, a division of Take-Two Interactive […]
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A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.
Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between July 24 and July 30 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.
लग रहा है शीना मर्डर मिस्ट्री को लेकर न्यूज चैनल वाले बौखला से गए है.. बस कुछ बोलना है कुछ दिखना है वो भी सबसे पहले सबसे पहले और सबसे तेज Breaking News के चक्कर मॆं गलती पर गलती हुई जा रही है.
कल गलती एबीपी न्यूज ने की और आज न्यूज 24 के सबसे बडा सवाल में शीना की बजाय बोला और लिखा आता रहा कि सौतेला पिता इंद्राणी का शोषण करता था उफ ये भयंकर उलझन… एक तो मिस्ट्री पहले ही समझ नही आ रही उपर से चैनल वाले और कंफ्यूज कर देते हैं ..
वैसे लगता है कि प्याज सस्ता हो गया या फिर वन रैंक वन पैंशन का भी हल निकल गया है क्योकि कोई बहस ही नही हो रही कोई बात नही हो रही बस शीना इंद्राणी मर्डर … फुल्ल टीआरपी मसाला …इसलिए …
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Was that letter everyone linked to about a sweet Wonder Woman lunchbox getting banned at a child's school real? Or are we all just sheeple who believe everything we read on the internet?
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In a week when everybody is supposed to be away at the beach, the Horn Book has been cranking out stuff for you to read. Beach reading, it’s maybe not, but nevertheless useful and even entertaining, we hope.
—Lolly’s Classroom is talking about STEM books and inexpensive sources for classroom libraries.
–over on Out of the Box, Siân has a moving essay about seeing yourself in the books you read and also explains the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. WHO KNEW? Katie defends Beatrix Potter’s virtue and Shoshana talks about boogers.
–the Magazine has begun posting articles from our September issue, including Jack Gantos’s Zena Sutherland Lecture, which was just as peripatetic as he says it was.
—Talks With Roger has been busy, with Lisa Graff interviewed last week and Lois Ehlert coming up next Wednesday. I’m also interviewing Eric Carle for the next issue of Notes from the Horn Book. You can sign up for all that here.
–a subscription to Notes (which is free) also brings you our latest newsletter, the quarterly What Makes a Good… ?, which debuted this week with “What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?” Have a look.
–And today I’m told is National Bow Tie Day, about which I have made my feelings known, in language not fit for a family website, over on Facebook.
–Finally, Katrina and Cathie Mercier and I are busy building this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Transformations,” which will feature a keynote address by the best friend the Horn Book ever had, Susan Cooper. Sign up now to get the early bird discount.
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खबरों की खबर
तिल का ताड बनना हो या राई का पहाड .. खबरिया चैनलों का कोई सानी नही. होता कुछ है बताते कुछ है दिखाते कुछ और ही है और जैसे निष्पक्ष पत्रकारिता तो रही नही इस विषय में भी बहुत सवाल खडे हुए हैं .
बस खबर बनानी है … वो भी हट कर एक्सक्लूजिव
खबरों की खबर
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Wonder Woman: Earth One! Absolute Matrix Helix! Absolute Vertigo! Elseworlds! Batman cosplaying as Superman! (Is that a SPOILER?) Plus lots of the DC You titles! Will they sell well in trade? Or will they die in the cradle, and never mentioned again? (Also, DC, what’s with the “volume one” numbering on your ongoing New 52 titles, like Superman, […]
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Jack Kirby, the titanic force of US comics, would have been 98 years old today. While it makes you wonder what exciting things we'll be doing for his centenary, it's also a reminder that it's a good day to contribute to The Hero Initiative, as Kirby's granddaughter Jillian suggests in the above video.
For several years, Jillian has promoted the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise funds for the charity which aids creators in need. I can attest to the many people that this organization has helped, and in a field where 401ks are non existent, it's sometimes the only safety net poplar have.