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1. Hello again!

I'm afraid that between wrangling deadlines and getting used to life on the road, things have become a bit quiet here.  I'm hoping that will change soon.  But, in the meantime, you can head on over to The Map & The Way to see what my husband and I have been up to. 

These beach finds are from Hobe Sound Beach, one of the many places we visited on our trip around Florida.  :)

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2. Recipes of Old

The chicken soup’s a’boil,
Fluffy matzoh balls on tap.
We’ll use lots of eggs and oil
By the time we call a wrap.

All the pots and pans are waiting,
And the cookie sheets as well,
For the food we are creating
Which tradition does compel.

As we roast and bake and simmer
For this Friday’s festive meal,
I feel more than just a glimmer
Of this holiday’s appeal.

There’ll be dishes on the table
Made from recipes of old
And each taste will thus enable
Reminiscence to take hold.

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3. Suicide Squad adds Killer Croc, and possibly a few more familiar names



We have our first Marvel to DC movie defector since James Marsden did it back in 2006 for Superman Returns.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who appeared in dual-roles in Thor: The Dark World (as Algrim the Strong and Kurse) is heading over to the DC side of the school yard, as he’s set play Killer Croc in Suicide Squad per The Wrap.

First appearing in 1983’s Batman #357 and created by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, this will be the first live-action incarnation of one of Batman’s occasionally more terrifying rogues, though he’s been a mainstay of Batman-related animation in pretty humorous situations, including this fan-favorite sequence:

There’s no indication thus far as to what size his role will be, or whether he’ll be a part of the Squad. It’s possible that Killer Croc might be taking over the role that many had assumed would be filled in by King Shark, based on previous script drafts.

David Ayer’s film also added Karen Fukuhara and Scott Eastwood to the cast. According to Latino Review, Fukuhara may be playing Plastique, while Eastwood will be stepping into the role of long-time Wonder Woman love interest Steve Trevor.

They also report that Suicide Squad will take place between the events of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Next year is a big, big year for DC fans, here’s hoping these two big gambles pay off.

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4. Adult Coloring Book Leads Book Sales on Amazon

Last year’s Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by illustrator Johanna Basford and her latest Enchanted Forrest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book are the bestselling books on Amazon.

Unlike most coloring books, these books are made for adults. Why the trend towards coloring books for adults? As The International Business Times points out, adult coloring books are gaining in popularity thanks to digital detoxes.

The books, from Laurence King Publishing, feature intricately hand drawn designs of flora and fauna and animals inspired by the author’s rural home in Scotland. Some pages feature unfinished works, so that the reader can finish the patterns themselves.

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5. Belief

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I could feel the pain running through my eyes. But no one else could figure it out. Everyone was busy running around & saving their bodies from rain. I was still sitting on the bench and the every continuous rain was trying to wake me up. The rain was trying to wake me up from the dream. It was a dream which was on the verge of breaking. My fear was multiplying and my eyes were drowned in the sea of negativity. I decided to end it all now. No more pain, no more indecisiveness and no more tears. I looked around and saw a child playing freely and my incessant tears continued.

“I want to fly high” I said with a smile.
“Fly? Do you even know how to walk in life” My mother said.
“I will, directly, learn to fly” I said and laughed.
“Really? We will see.” My mother said and went off.

We both were fighting over my improbable future. I wanted to become a writer and my parents wanted me to do a 9 to 5 job and earn money. It was so normal to them that they never ever talk to me regarding anything else. They used to tell me that people do the job, take a loan and repay them in order to live happily. I mostly counter them by saying “A loan can never give happiness”. They had already termed me as a “Foolish person”.

I was about to complete my college and was all set to, choose my career as a writer. I knew that initially I would not be able to generate money, but was confident to grow as a writer with few years of time. I was sure that if I would do what I ever wanted to do, I will surely not face the monetary problems. It was all about the transition phase. I was confident that my parents and all those who loved me will be with me in this decision.

But destiny had its own say.

“I am going to become a writer” I told them on completion of my Masters.
“What? How many more years you required?” My mother said.
“I am sure within 1 or 2 years I will be able to do good” I said with confidence.
“1 or 2 years? That’s why you spent money on the Masters and that too in business?” My mother was shocked.
“Yes, only while doing my masters I realized that I am good at it. I have written since my school days and now I wanted to take it professionally” I said.
“No, you will not get enough money. We have already invested a lot in you. First give us back that money” My mother said.
“What? Investment? I am not a bank account” I said in amazement.
“No, you have to do a job and while doing the job you can do anything and that’s final” My mother said and closed the door in haste and anger.

I looked at her and it was evident from her anger that she was not in a mood to listen. I went off to my room and sat on a chair. I was quite disturbed at what happened today. I closed my eyes in hopes of a dream. But it was all real.
“When will you learn to learn” My boss shouted at me.
“..” I was standing quietly.
“Do you ever understand that we are paying you the salary and we need output from you” My boss was fuming.
“Yes Sir, I understand,” I was quite dull and slow.
“I don’t know, do whatever you want to and bring out results otherwise I have to take some harsh decision” My boss said and went off.

I came out of the conference room and went out of my office. My mind was starting to become numb. I was feeling as if I was just dragging myself to live. I was still writing, but all after the office hours. With my mind divided in 2 things, I was unable to take a feel of completeness of one thing. Even as of now I was all ready to take writing as my career.

“I want to give up my job,” I said to my father.
“What? No son, you should not.” My father replied.
“I am not able to concentrate on the job due to it” I tried to tell him the truth.
“So then leave your writing for some years. Writing is not so important. You can write after retirement also” My father tried to teach me the truth.

I was a bit shocked. For me, writing has become an integral part of my life and when someone tries to show the importance of it according to them, it hurts a lot. When my father told me that, I understood that they will never let me what I wanted to do.
“Money is more important in life. You will understand it afterwards and then there will be no time” He told me.
“Money? I will also have money through writing. I will only have to invest my few years” I again tried to tell him.
“What is the guarantee that you will start earning money with this? There is no surety. So do a job and earn money. While doing a job you can write also. Learn to be on the safer side.” He said and went off.

I was all dejected and out of my mind,. I told them everything I could, but they were not in a position to understand my side. They termed my ambitions and goal of writing as an immature decision. They even said that one day I will have to regret about this. They were clear that they are by no means allowing me to follow writing as full time.

In shear dejection I went out of my room. I started walking and my eyes were all wet. I loved my parents and used to think that they are best ever person alive in the earth. I looked at the sky and it started raining. Within few seconds the rain became heavy. I was still walking slowly. Everyone around me was in haste. I looked around and saw a bench.

I could feel the pain running through my eyes. But no one else could figure it out. Everyone was busy running around & saving their bodies from rain. I was still sitting on the bench and the every continuous rain was trying to wake me up. The rain was trying to wake me up from the dream. It was a dream which was on the verge of breaking. My fear was multiplying and my eyes were drowned in the sea of negativity. I decided to end it all now. No more pain, no more indecisiveness and no more tears. I looked around and saw a child playing freely and my incessant tears continued. I looked at the child and his smile. He was looking all free and fresh. He was enjoying every single moment and spreading smiles with his.

I stood up and started walking with all dejected thoughts. I saw a school of disable children. I was amazed looking at them. They all were enjoying the rain with each other. They were smiling and dancing. I saw on my left and someone was carrying a big glass. I saw my image in it. I was all sad and dejected. All contrast to them.

“What I didn’t have” I asked to self.
I again saw towards those children. I was all superior to them with respect to physicality, but was nowhere near to them in living my life to the fullest. Those children left me in awe. It left me with a stark contrast of life.
“Am I too weak for the situation around me” I again tried to find the answer.
“No, I will not fall apart” I said to myself while wiping my tears off.

“I will show them that what they think is wrong” I was in a mood of revenge.

As I stood and began to move I saw a museum. I don’t know, but there was something that was trying to force me to enter inside it. The name of the museum was – “The greatest Visionary”

I went inside the museum and started walking around. There were numerous heroes of their times. From the freedom fighter to the golden writers, they were from every corner of the world. Suddenly I was all surprised and inspired by it. I continued looking at their photos and I saw bookshelves. It was all filled with their autobiographies and stories. It was the time when I started reading them.

“Trin Trin” My mobile rang.
“Where are you” My mother inquired.
“I am in the museum” I told her.
“Ok. I was just worried about you. It is raining heavily for the past 6 hours” My mother said.
“Yes, I am fine,” I said and disconnected the phone.

I came out of the museum and looked at the sky. There was sheer darkness due to clouds. It was raining heavily but I was feeling light. I was not at all irritated or dejected now. I started walking in the rain and there were few children playing football. I started playing with them and enjoyed my time a lot. After finishing the game I realized that I have learned few important things while reading those things. As I was coming towards my home, I heard a voice.

“Oh Robin,” I said.
“You are looking so fresh” He said.
“Really?” I laughed    
“I saw you walking off few hours back in a heavy mood” He said.
“Oh, that was just overflowing emotion. Forget those moments.” I said with a smile.
I started walking towards my home again. I have read about all those great souls, their lives, their misery and their determination. I was awestruck at the situations they faced and yet came out of them. I have learned a thing called “Determination” and promised myself to rise. I promised self to stick to my passion. I learned the lesson of humility. I learned to give respect to the people and to your goals. I recalled how the attitudes bring a talented personality down to the ground. I realized the importance of overall growth. That museum taught me few very major things which were surely going to impact my life in a very positive way. I started to feel lucky about so many things that I posses which I was overlooking when I was dejected. In dejection we forget to respect the positivity in us. We stop giving importance to the things that we admire earlier. We should come out of negativity. I promised myself to live, no matter what happens. As I was walking, suddenly I met someone.

“You are DV right?” He said.
“”Yes, I am,” I said.
“I like your poems” He said
“Really?” I was a bit surprised.
“Yes, I am in the same group as you are in” He said and we started talking about writing.
While talking to him I started to understand new facets of writings and started to think beyond my problems. It gave me a new freshness and a feel of living my passion. I started understanding the real meaning of passion and about following that passion. Last 6 hrs had given a lot to think about and to follow. I was more confident and determined with all negativities disappearing from my thoughts.

I entered my house and my mom said.

“Tomorrow you have to go to the job”
“Yes, surely I will,” I said with a smile. There was no anger and no disappointment.
I knew exactly - what and how I have to do things to set it right. I have gained a lot of positivity. I went inside the room and closed the door. I started my laptop and connected to the internet. I started searching more and more positivity to create the history. 

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6. 3D amigurumi figure

3D version and animation scene mockup of a crocheted Dendennis amigurumi figure.

More: MetinSeven.com.

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7. Shelly Cantor

Increase The Quality Of Your Facebook Advertising Using These Concepts!
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Facebook or twitter advertising and marketing, as explained at first on this post, is clearly helpful and may perform a great deal for any company or services. Employ this modern service so you can see the most rewards probable. Keep in mind the ideas in this post to help you use Facebook marketing and advertising in your favor!
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8. Aurora Theater Gunman’s Mother Has Published a Book

Arlene Holmes, the mother of James Holmes, the man on trial for a massive shooting at a movie theater in Colorado during a screening of \"The Dark Night Rises\" back in 2012, has self-published a book.

When the Focus Shifts: The Prayer Book of Arlene Holmes is a collection of prayers from Arlene’s journals, written in the aftermath of the tragedy. In the book, she analyzes the guilt that her family has experienced after the horrible event. Check it out:

Few people have analyzed the effect on the family of an accused shooter facing the death penalty. This prayer book is a unique look at the aftermath of a mass shooting from the perspective of the accused’s mother, as she prays her way through the pretrial court proceedings.


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9. इकरार हुआ

गुलांब को चूमते चूमते,
सवेरा हो गया,
जो मौज़ूद था वहाँ,
सब तेरा हो गया,

काली घटाओ में डूबा,
असमंजस से पार हुआ,
चाँद की चाँदनी से,
रोशन संसार हुआ,

मदहोश सांसो की चुभन,
जगा जाती थी,
आग भीगे जिस्म मे,
लगा जाती थी,

बाहों से लगाया मैने,
अपने संसार को,
खुदा भी रोक ना पाया,
खिलती बहार को,

मुस्कुराहटे जी थी मैने,
जब दीदार हुआ,
हैरान था उस रात,
जब इकरार हुआ |

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10. Finished Post Card, Work in Progress for SCBWI and Two Contests- YAY

So it may seem that I've taken the month off.

Not by a long shot. My post card is finished and right on time. Our SCBWI-Carolinas Working Illustrator's Network (WIN) challenged all to a post card mail-out for April 1st. A few days late but waiting on the printer now.
I also submitted my manuscript for the SCBWI Work in Progress Grant with a picture book story that I feel has worked out well. 
This follows working on two contests from our local  SCBWI Carolina's Chapter. One for a manuscript with a new chapter book and one illustration for my rendition of the cover for the classic, Charlotte's Webb.

 So sorry to be missing here, but I'm back.

 Oh, did I mention I'm starting to submit to a few agents. A busy girl indeed.

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11. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier + Giveaway (US/Canada)


Hi, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR by Leah Scheier, releasing September 1, 2015 from Sourcebooks. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Leah:


Welcome to the cover reveal for my second novel, YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR. I am so excited to share it with you!  Getting a cover mock-up is so nerve-wracking for an author. I tell people that I'm "graphically-challenged;" I know what looks good when I see it but I can't visualize or design anything, not even if my life depended on it.  So when people asked me what I wanted my cover to look like, all I could say was, "I don't know. Sad. But not too sad. Also hopeful? There should be a girl on it.  Or maybe a boy?"
A couple of months ago, I was in a deli ordering sandwiches when my phone beeped. My editor had just sent me the cover photo! I couldn't believe it was ready. I tapped on the message, holding my breath for the big reveal, as I bounced in place like a little kid on a sugar high. I waited. And waited. AND THE ATTACHMENT WOULDN'T OPEN ON MY PHONE. It was an awful moment. I gasped out, "Oh my god, oh my god! Extra pickles, please!" to the mystified deli waiter and frantically messaged my daughter. "Open my email," I begged her. "I can't see my cover! You have to tell me what you think." An eternity passed as she downloaded the picture. "Ohhhh, Mom," she replied. "Wow. You are so lucky!"
My daughter was right. It had turned out even better than I'd hoped for. When the snapchat popped up on my screen, I finally saw the girl I'd imagined for years, right there in front of me. Joanna Jankowska and her team had captured the mood of the book in one perfect photo.
"Hey, lady? Your sandwiches are ready." The waiter held them out nervously. "Extra pickles, just like you said, okay?"
"Thank you, that's just wonderful!" I exclaimed. "You're wonderful!"
He smiled and backed away slowly. I guess he wasn't used to seeing wild-eyed enthusiasm over pastrami on rye.  
Since then, whenever I go back to that deli, I always get a crap-load of pickles with my order.    
I want to thank the team at Sourcebooks for the beautiful cover design. And for the many pickles that have come into my life. 
~ Leah Scheier (YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR, Sourcebooks)



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by Leah Scheier
Release date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 1492614416
About the Book


April won't let Jonah go without a fight. He’s her boyfriend—her best friend. She’ll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?


b2ap3_thumbnail_leah-scheier.jpgAbout the Author

Leah Scheier is the author of Secret Letters, a historical mystery featuring the daughter of the Great Detective. After finishing up her adventures in Victorian England, Leah moved back to modern times, and currently writes about teens in her hometown of Baltimore. During the day she waves around a pink stethoscope and sheets of Smurf stickers; at night she bangs on her battered computer and drinks too much caffeine. You can visit her website at leahscheier.com or say hi to her on Twitter @leahscheier.


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Two winners will each receive a signed copy of YOUR VOICE IS ALL I HEAR (when available). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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12. First Look at Ari Folman’s Anne Frank Feature

The "Waltz with Bashir" director has been experimenting with a combination of 2D animation and stop-motion.

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13. A New Life

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What you want in life? Earn money, have fun and live without tension. Being a youngster this is what we all think. If not all, most of us do. This the sole reason why we see students taking admission in colleges because of placement assurance rather than a good teaching faculty. We want to have a job that should give us millions of dollars. But we forget to realize that it will also take millions of hours of dedication and efforts. But until we realize such a situation, we got already sunk. And then we try to live our life in small intervals on Sundays or holidays because we think that we can’t change our life now. I realized this fact a bit late, but not late enough.

I was very happy sitting inside a classroom and waiting for the professor to deliver a lecture. I was pursuing Master’s. I was interested because that lecture was about passion. We have heard a lot about this world, but rarely we get insights of a successful person. In another 5 minutes it all began.

It was a real interesting session and I was mesmerized at the words and the presentation. When I went back to my room and sat alongside my laptop, I was still in that lecture. Few words were still hovering around my mind and I was amazingly dissolved in it.

“Passion needs perseverance. Passion is something that gives meaning to life. Everyone is passionate about something. Find out that thing and you will never get bored of doing what you are doing. Even money comes to the person who is passionate.”

While I have yet to understand the deeper meaning of it, I went back towards my graduation days. How I entered inside an engineering college and was very happy. How I enjoyed my college days and then got placed in an organization. The thought of earning loads of money was in my head. It was not me alone, but everyone around me believed in that concept. I worked for 2 years, but something was wrong. I was still not enjoying the full. I was unable to track it down. But then I decided to for higher studies so that I could earn more money. And this lecture actually woke me up again. While going parallel there was something that I was doing without actually realizing.

I have written poetry since my school days. Even the Dean of my post graduation had appreciated my poem. ‘Eureka’ it was for me. I had written more than 100 poems, but never felt bored or uninterested. And when your professor appreciates you for your poetry that means there is something in that poetry.
I realized the meaning of that lecture, I realized the meaning of passion. But then again realizing something and then walking through that road are two entirely different decisions. While I was thinking about this, I started to portray the difficult road ahead of me. There were several questions inside me.
Even the society around me indicated in numerous ways that poetry or writing is something vocational. It is something that you do along side your job. I was brought up in that environment. I was told about doctor and an engineer. I was told about science, commerce and arts. I was told not to play because you will not get anything by playing for hours. And that is why after that lecture I was a bit serious. I was still thinking that someone tole me wrong about something. I still had to know my capabilities. For knowing my capabilities I had to break my limitations. I felt a bit confused about this. It is always dangerous to deny your identity. It is always hard to say ‘ WhatevER I was doing was not actually what I wanted to do’. I was in that dilemma. There were several questions hovering inside my own consciousness.

Should I leave this field of engineering after coming so far away? Should I make writing as my first choice? Is there a career possible in writing? Can I do it?

And then I read a lot of biographies of the great personalities and realized that they created history at what they were good at. Something that came within them and as soon as they realized they started working on it. That was enough for me to give it a try. I knew that I will not lose anything but if I will find that thing then I will gain the ultimate prize and that prize would be the peace of mind.

I started writing poetry seriously along with my studies. I had no idea about writing industries or what it takes to be a poet. I started searching about publishers and finally got one. After 3 months I became a published writer. When I touched my first hard copy, I was awestruck. In my entire life I never thought that I would be able to become a published writer. The most important part was that, I enjoyed every moment of that journey. Finally, I decided to go for it and start my new life. I decided to become a poet.

And today here I stand, four years from that day. I have written 10 poetry books and one short story book. I have been a part of 64 poetry anthologies/magazines with poets around the world. All of them are published and available online. I have won various poetry competitions. I have won Award for excellence in literature for my short story and I have been a part of an anthology that has entered into the ‘Limca Book of Records 2015’. I have written more than 1000 poems and short stories, yet feeling full of ideas and words.

I must say that now my passion of writing poetry has reached to such a level that I started going much deeper into it by experimenting with new poetic forms. With every further step I am enjoying. I am mesmerized by the world of poetry and my interest in it. I am starting to increase my wings and also writing  blogs. I could see that this world also holds unlimited possibilities and opportunities.

Today I can say without hesitation that my new life is much better and satisfying than my previous one. This life has my passion and I ready to redefine myself. I wish the same for everyone else. I know it is hard to foresee the future. But it that future contains your passion then you will certainly paint that sky.  
This all happened because I decided to ‘Start a new life’.

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14. Best Books of March 2015

March 2015: 9 books and scripts read

Knee-deep in rehearsals, I read a scant 9 books this month.

I enjoyed Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman. I posted my review of the book here and at GuysLitWire.

I read and discussed The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon with a friend who had also read it - and then I recommended that she read Snowblind by Christopher Golden stat. Both of those books make me grateful for life and sunshine.

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15. Blue, Minnesota

After hearing my colleagues rave nonstop about Blue, Minnesota, I realized I better give it a read, and fast. Man, was I glad I picked it up. It absolutely blew me away! If I had nine lives, I would use each one to read this book again for the very first time. Books mentioned in [...]

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16. Marvel announces Southland producer as Luke Cage showrunner


Announced today via press release, Marvel has revealed that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the third Marvel-Netflix series: Marvel’s Luke Cage.

Coker will also write two episodes of the upcoming series that will star Mike Colter as the title character.

In years previous, Coker served as the supervising producer of the cop drama Southland, and also was the co-executive producer for both Ray Donovan and Almost Human.

His writing credits also include the screenplay for the feature film biopic Notorious, which centered on the life of rapper Notorious B.I.G.

Colter will debut as Luke Cage in Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones later this year (or possibly in early 2016, as that timetable hasn’t been quite solidified in Netflix’s release calendar).

Marvel’s Luke Cage is schedule for a 2016 release on the online network, and this is a tremendous start. I mean, who doesn’t miss Almost Human?

Here is the press:


Beverly Hills, CA — March 31, 2015 — Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available.

Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama SouthLAnd. Coker was a part of the SouthLAnd team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker’s feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s rap biopic Notorious. He authored the book Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G as well. Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and contributed to VIBE, Rolling Stone, Essence, among other publications. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

It was previously announced that Mike Colter (The Good Wife, American Horror Story: Coven) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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17. Social Media Etiquette

What not to do when using social media.

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18. Becoming Steve Jobs Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli has debuted on the iBooks bestsellers list this week at No. 2.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending March 30, 2015. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins remained at No. 1 and The Stranger by Harlan Coben landed the No 3 slot.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list.

iBooks US Bestseller List – Paid Books 3/30/15

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 9780698185395 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli – 9780385347419 – (The Crown Publishing Group) 3. The Stranger by Harlan Coben – 9780698186200 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 4. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – 9781455520664 – (Grand Central Publishing) 5. Paper Towns by John Green – 9781101010938 – (Penguin Young Readers Group) 6. NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp – 9780316284561 – (Little, Brown and Company) 7. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James – 9781612130590 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 8. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James – 9781612130613 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 9. Dead Wake by Erik Larson – 9780553446753 – (Crown/Archetype) 10. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James – 9781612130293 – (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 11. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – 9781476746609 – (Scribner) 12. Allegiant by Veronica Roth – 9780062209276 – (Katherine Tegen Books) 13. Divergent by Veronica Roth – 9780062077011 – (Katherine Tegen Books) 14. Almost Broken by Portia Moore – No ISBN Available – (Portia Moore) 15. Beautifully Broken by Portia Moore – No ISBN Available – (Portia MOore) 16. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – 9781466850606 – (St. Martin’s Press) 17. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – 9780307459923 – (Crown Publishing Group) 18. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – 9780062114457 – (Katherine Tegen Books) 19. Manwhore by Katy Evans – 9781501101564 – (Gallery Books) 20. Before I Break by Portia Moore – No ISBN Available – (Portia Moore)

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19. March Reflections

In March I reviewed 58 books.

Board books:

  1. Board book: Little Blue and Little Yellow. Leo Lionni. 1959/2011. Random House. 42 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Board book: Hide and Seek Harry On the Farm. Kenny Harrison. 2015. Candlewick. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Board book: Hide and Seek Harry At The Playground. Kenny Harrison. 2015. Candlewick. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Board Book: Lullaby and Kisses Sweet: Poems To Love With Your Baby. Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illustrated by Alyssa Nassner. 2015. Harry N. Abrams. 44 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Picture books:
  1. Audrey's Tree House. Jenny Hughes. Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley. 2015. [April] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. Horton Hears A Who! Dr. Seuss. 1954. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. On Beyond Zebra! Dr. Seuss. 1955. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. If I Ran the Circus. Dr. Seuss. 1956. Random House. 58 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Cat In the Hat. Dr. Seuss. 1957. Random House. 61 pages.  [Source: Library]
  6. The Princess and the Pony. Kate Beaton. 2015. [June] Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. Hoot Owl Master of Disguise. Sean Taylor. Illustrated by Jean Jullien. 2015. Candlewick. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Les Miserables The Epic Masterpiece by Victor Hugo, Retold and Illustrated by Marcia Williams. 2015. Candlewick. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. The Octopuppy. Martin McKenna. 2015. [March] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Follow  Follow. A Book of Reverso Poems. (Companion to Mirror Mirror) Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Josee Masse. 2013. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11. Noah's Ark. Linda Falken. Illustrated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2015. (April 2015) Harry N. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Early readers/Early chapter books: 0

Middle grade:
  1. The Case of the Cursed Dodo: A Jungle Noir (Endangered Files #1) Jake G. Panda. 2014. Wooly Family Studios. 180 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. The Case of the Vanishing Emerald (Maisie Hitchins #2) Holly Webb. 2013/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  3. The 100 Dresses. Eleanor Estes. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. 1944/2004. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
  4.  Space Case. Stuart Gibbs. 2014. Simon & Schuster. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. By the Shores of Silver Lake. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1939. HarperCollins. 291 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. The Long Winter. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1940. 335 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Little Town on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1941. 374 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. These Happy Golden Years. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1943. HarperCollins. 289 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. The Giver. Lois Lowry. 1993. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages. [Source: Library]   
  10. Emil and Karl. Yankev Glatshteyn. Translated from the Yiddish by Jeffrey Shandler. 1940/2006. Roaring Book Press. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  11. How To Catch A Bogle. Catherine Jinks. Illustrated by Sarah Watts. 2013. HMH. [Source: Review copy]
  12. The Zoo at the Edge of the World. Eric Kahn Gale. 2014. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. YUM: Your Ultimate Manual for Good Nutrition. Daina Kalnins. 2008. Lobster Press. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Young adult:
  1. Book of Earth (Bradamante Saga #1) Robin Brande. 2015. Ryer Publishing. 395 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Adult fiction:
  1. Ayala's Angel. Anthony Trollope. 1881. 631 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Ella Minnow Pea. Mark Dunn. 2001. Random House. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Sparkling Cyanide. (Colonel Race #4) Agatha Christie. 1944/2002. HarperCollins. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. Pioneer Girl. Bich Minh Nguyen. 2014/2015. Penguin. 296 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Poems. Christina G. Rossetti. 1906. 428 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Accidental Empress. Allison Pataki. 2015. Howard Books. 512 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. The Midwife of Hope River. Patricia Harman. 2012. HarperCollins. 382 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. The Ship of Brides. Jojo Moyes. 2005/2014. Penguin. 464 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. The Killings At Badger's Drift. (Inspector Barnaby #1) Caroline Graham. 1987/2005. Felony & Mayhem. 272 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11. Death of A Hollow Man. (Inspector Barnaby #2) Caroline Graham. 1989/2006. Felony & Mayhem. 306 pages. [Source: Library] 
  12. The Rector. Margaret Oliphant. 1863. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
Adult nonfiction:
  1. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times. Jennifer Worth. 2002/2009. Penguin. 340 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Farewell to the East End. (Call of the Midwife #3) Jennifer Worth. 2009/2013. HarperCollins. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Devil at My Heels. Louis Zamperini and David Rensin. 1956/2004. Harper Perennial. 292 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Determined. A. Avraham Perlmutter. 2014. Mascherato Publishing. 172 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. A Great and Glorious Adventure: The Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England. Gordon Corrigan. 2013/2014. Pegasus. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. The Last Jews in Berlin. Leonard Gross. 1982/2015. Open Road Media. 343 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Christian fiction:
  1. Daughter of the Regiment. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2015. [Late March] Bethany House. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Anna's Crossing: An Amish Beginnings Novel. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2015. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian nonfiction:
  1. To The Glory of God: A 40 Day Devotional on the Book of Romans. James Montgomery Boice. 2010. Baker Books. 183 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith. Barnabas Piper. Foreword by N.D. Wilson. 2015. [July 2015] David C. Cook. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Why Believe the Bible? John MacArthur. 1980/2015. Baker Books. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. A.W. Tozer 1948/2006. WingSpread Publishers. 70 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God. Joe Thorn. 2015. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. No Little People. Francis A. Schaeffer. 2003. Crossway. 239 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. God-Breathed: The Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture. Josh McDowell. 2015. (April 2015). Barbour. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Saint Patrick. Jonathan Rogers. 2010. Thomas Nelson. 143 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. The Daring Mission of William Tyndale (A Long Line of Godly Men Profiles). Steven J. Lawson. 2015. Reformation Trust. 184 pages. [Source: Bought] 

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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20. New Adult Fiction Genre - Contemporary Romance - #WriteTip

There is a new genre emerging..."New Adult" fiction for older teens aka college-aged readers. You never stop growing up, but little in the market seems to address the coming-of-age that also happens between the ages of Nineteen to Twenty-six. Life changes drastically once high school is over, you have college, first jobs, first internships, first adult relationships…

Part of the appeal of NA is that the storylines are about characters who are taking on adult responsibilities for the first time without guidance from their parents. And the storylines generally have a heavy romance element. 

Keep this in mind as you revise your wonderful story, New Adult books are mostly about that specific time in every person's life—the time when the apron strings are cut from your parents, you no longer have a curfew, you're experiencing the world for the very first time, in most cases, with innocent eyes. New Adult is this section of your life where you discover who you want to be, what you want to be, and what type of person you will become. This time defines you. This is the time of firsts, the time where you can't blame your parents for your own bad choices. 

An NA character has to take responsibility for their own choices and live with the consequences. Most storylines are about twenty-something (18 to 26) characters living their own lives without any parents breathing down their necks, and learning to solve things on their own as they would in real life. New Adult fiction focuses on switching gears, from depending on our parents to becoming full-fledged, independent adults.

I am a firm believer that if you’re going to write a certain genre that you should read it, too. So I’m going to recommend that you start devouring NA novels to get a real sense and understanding of the genre before you write one.

Here are some great recommendations: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult-romance and http://www.goodreads.com/genres/new-adult and https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/new-adult-romance

Just as YA is fiction about teens discovering who they are as a person, New Adult (NA) is fiction about building your own life as an actual adult. As older teen readers discover the joy of the Young Adult genres, the New Adult—demand may increase. This, in turn, would give writers the chance to explore the freedom of a slightly older protagonist (over the age of 18 and out of high school, like the brilliant novel, "BEAUTIFUL DISASTER" by the amazing talents of author, Jamie McGuire) while addressing more adult issues that early 20-year-olds must face.

Older protagonists (basically, college students) are surprisingly rare; in a panel on YA literature at Harvard’s 2008 Vericon, City of Bones author talked about pitching her novel, then about twenty-somethings, as adult fiction. After several conversations, Clare realized she had to choose between adults and teens. She went with teens.

Quote from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press: We are actively looking for great, new, cutting edge fiction with protagonists who are slightly older than YA and can appeal to an adult audience. Since twenty-somethings are devouring YA, St. Martin’s Press is seeking fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an “older YA” or “new adult.” In this category, they are looking for spunky but not stupid, serious but not dull, cutting-edge, supernatural stories.

Quote from Georgia McBride, author (Praefatio) and founder of #YALitChat and publisher at Month9Books: "New Adult is a fabulous idea in theory, and authors seem to be excited about it. But in a world where bookstores shelf by category, to them, it is either  Adult or Young Adult. Some booksellers even call their YA section “teen.” And when you have a character who is over a certain age (19 seems to be the age most consider the start of New Adult), it is received as Adult. In some cases, the designation by publishers causes more confusion than not.
Let’s face it, YA is associated with teens, and at 19, most no longer consider themselves teens. So, it would support the theory of placing these “New Adult” titles in the Adult section. However, with the prevalence of eBook content, it would seem that the powers that be could easily create a New Adult category if they really wanted to...."

There’s also a list on goodreads of New Adult book titles. These books focus on college age characters, late teens to early twenties, transitioning into the adult world.

Some popular authors of the NA category include:
  • Jamie McGuire
  • Jessica Park
  • Tammara Webber
  • Steph Campbell
  • Liz Reinhardt
  • Abbi Glines
  • Colleen Hoover 
  • Sherry Soule

Would you buy New Adult books? 
Does the genre appeal to you? 

Does it sound better than YA (teen novels)? 
Or are you happy with YA as it stands?

Do you consider YA to include characters that are over the age of eighteen? 

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21. The Little Comic That Could – A Conversation about How a Graphic Novel from a Small Publisher Achieved a Film Adaption [Interview]

After learning about a comic-to-movie adaption not familiar to most, I spoke with Peter Simeti, the president of the Diamond-distributed Alterna Comics whose graphic novel The CHAIR was recently adapted into an indie film. I was curious about how a book from a smaller publisher gained the attention of filmmakers and was able to fund a full-length movie. Read the answers I received below to get a sense of the kind of conditions that can lead an indie comic book or graphic novel to a turn on the big screen.


Can you describe the graphic novel version of The CHAIR in your own words?

In terms of the plot, it’s a psychological horror/thriller that revolves around a man who believes he’s innocent of the crimes he’s been convicted of and his struggle to survive against a sadistic and psychotic prison warden and his guards. But the story itself has strong themes of isolation, the ethics of torture, morality, child abuse, domestic violence, fate and the demons of one’s past.

The CHAIR was released through Alterna Comics, where you’re the publisher. Can you describe its business model?

Alterna is a creator-owned company, similar to many other independent comic publishers. We’ve been around since 2006 (celebrating Year 10 very soon!) and in that time I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 100 talented individuals; it’s been an amazing experience.


What was the reception like to The CHAIR when it was first released?

Back in 2008 when the compiled graphic novel was released, I remember that it did fairly well. Nothing huge or record-breaking, but it did good for a small press indie book. The coolest part, to me, was that people really seemed to enjoy it and, more importantly, they understood it. It’s a bit of a heady, trippy, downer of a book, so I’m glad that people have taken a liking to it.

Who’s behind the movie adaption? What experience do they have in filmmaking?

Chad Ferrin is the director of the film and along with myself, Erin Kohut (who wrote the screenplay), Zebadiah DeVane (Executive Producer), and Kyle Hester (Producer) — we all helped to champion this story into being made into a film. I encourage everyone to visit The CHAIR’s IMDb page for information on our cast and crew.


How did they learn about the graphic novel, and what made it appealing to them to adapt for film?

Erin adapted the graphic novel for film (she edited the graphic novel, so of course she did a great job on the screenplay) and we pitched it to Chad Ferrin about 2 years ago. He liked the story, characters, and writing a lot – so we moved forward from that point. Chad’s previous films shared similar themes to the ones found in The CHAIR – psychological elements and stories that were ripe in metaphor.

The original Kickstarter wasn’t able to hit a funding goal of $300,000 to make The CHAIR. You successfully funded a second campaign with a $40,000 goal. How were you able to lower the budget so drastically?

Well, because of the original Kickstarter, we actually attracted many private investors that supplemented our budget. We figured out that we only needed about $140K in reality to get production going, so we worked around those numbers to hit our production goal.


Did you have a chance to visit the set while The CHAIR was being filmed?

No! Unfortunately I was snowed in, in Massachusetts during the two weeks of filming in Los Angeles. We had a historically horrible winter here; just my luck right? [Laughs]

What kinds of restrictions did a shoestring budget put on the production?

We had to be creative with a lot of things, especially our use of space. Luckily 75% of the film takes place on death row, so it was “easy” to keep location costs down. Producer Kyle Hester did a great job on bringing along some amazingly talented people on board; I can’t thank them enough for the terrific job they did bringing this film to life.


Can you describe how the rights were negotiated? What does a contract look like for a smaller budget independent film?

Well, I’m the majority rights holder of the film. It wasn’t sold or optioned, it’s as indie as it gets! We’ve got private investors and everyone gets a piece of the pie, but there’s no big studio involved here, even though there’s many well-known actors involved (all of which, are super nice people and incredibly talented as well).

How can a comic book creator who isn’t necessarily in the mainstream get the attention of filmmakers?

By asking and showing your work! I say this all the time – you can have the greatest story/song/piece of art ever made, but if no one knows about it, then it’ll stay that way until you put it out there. If you’re a creator, share your creations!


What’s next for The CHAIR?

We’ll be having another crowdfunding campaign, this time on Indiegogo for post-production funds (editing, sound design, music, color correct), in late April. For details on that, I recommend everyone stay tuned on Twitter by following @theCHAIRhorror, @alternacomics, and @petersimeti.

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22. Secret Wars Has a Full House of M


Marvel announced via Hero Complex, what will hopefully be the final announcement of Secret Wars tie-in books. Secret Wars: House of M will be written by by Dennis Hopeless and illustrated by long-time X-Men artist Kris Anka.

The series set in Battleworld! will follow the premise of “if House of M never ended” and will focus mostly on the ruling family of Magneto, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. It could also mean the continuity changes of Mageneto no longer being their father will be put to the side for the sake of the book. Other mentioned characters in the series include Fing Fang Foom and Namor.

Writer Dennis Hopeless teased a bit of what we’ll see, “The original House of M is about the Avengers waking up in and then bringing down this Magneto dream world. Secrets were revealed, the family was torn apart and Wanda depowered most of the mutants on Earth,” says Hopeless. “Our story is a different thing altogether. This House of M is alive and well. Magneto, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have the kind of complicated relationships you’d expect amongst members of a ruling family but their world isn’t crumbling around them. They drive each other nuts for all the normal reasons.”

House of M was also the last announcement among the books that were teased at the end of last year.  Though it doesn’t necessarily mean Marvel is done trying to jam more books into an already overcrowded week.

No official date was given for the book.

Are you hoping we’ve seen the last of the announcements? If you HAD to pick one of the tie-ins to read which would it be? Has Marvel sold anyone on the $500 Secret Wars bundle?

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23. The Bologna Children's Book Fair

Entrance. This year's theme is Alice.
I'm in Bologna, Italy at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Many folks on twitter have asked about the fair, especially as so many agents attend and tweet about it! -- so I thought I'd do a little post about what the heck goes on here.

First of all, there is the show floor - if you've ever been to a trade show like ALA or BEA you'll be familiar with the sight of row after row of booths filled with books from every publisher in the US. The difference with Bologna is, there are not only booths for every publisher in America... there are booths for every publisher in the entire world. Publishers get a chance to look at the best of the best, so that they might "buy in" books from other countries to add to their own lists. It's truly amazing and inspiring to see what is being published elsewhere.
Costumed characters must've been boiling!

Also, as with any convention center, you get the assorted giant characters wandering around, weird giveaways and photo ops, lousy food, temperatures that range from oven-blasting heat to ice cold in the space of a few yards, etc.

The second piece of the fair is the Art. There are art galleries, art prizes, and perhaps most striking, the Walls of Art. These are white walls surrounding the main hall, that get papered over by hopeful illustrators displaying their wares. By the end of the fair, these walls are so crowded with artwork that it is dripping all over the floor.

Day 1 - the walls are just starting to fill.
Day 2 - More art to come!
Now, the part of the fair that AGENTS think is the most important: Rights selling at the Agent's Centre. You'll recall this blog post from a few years ago explaining subsidiary rights in a nutshell -- well, the rights that agents are mostly here to sell are foreign/translation rights.

One side of the agent's centre
Agents and foreign rights managers each have an assigned table in the Agent's Centre. From about 9am to about 6, agents will sit at one of these 100+ tables taking meetings. Every half hour, a new meeting. Some agents' schedules are so intense that they don't even build time in for breaks... this was a bit of a problem this year, as we didn't have an Agent Restroom! ARGH. #bathroomgate #glamorous.

The goals of most meetings include networking and putting faces to names; learning about the market in a given country; and pitching, pitching, pitching. Agents are meeting mostly with foreign publishers and foreign co-agents, and talking about their own list based on what those people say they are looking for.

Not gonna lie - it's truly exhausting. Which is why tonight I stayed in my rental apartment rather than going off to party-hop or have a dinner out. Because tomorrow... it all begins again!

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24. Annecy Unveils 2015 Shorts and TV Competition Lineup

Annecy has selected 199 short film and TV projects for its 2015 edition.

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25. Sparking Students’ Interest In Math

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Sarah’s students practicing “counting on”

When it’s time for a math lesson, Sarah Richardson’s kindergarten class sits in a group, with one hand on their heads, counting on the other hand in front of them.  They’re learning addition using a method called “counting on”. This can be a very tricky skill for some of Sarah’s students.

After a tough math lesson, the students sit down to enjoy a new story.  She begins to read a book about a builder named Jack who uses different numbers of blocks to build robots, a hot dog stand and the tallest building in the world.  He adds on more and more blocks to create bigger and better structures.

Sarah’s students aren’t just enjoying a new story. As she reads, the students begin to use the skills they just learned to solve the problems in the book.

Math can be tricky for many students. Michelle Evans, a Reading and Literacy Coach at Joseph Keels Elementary in Columbia, SC has observed some of her students being timid and reserved when it comes to participating in math lessons.

“They’re afraid to take risks for fear of not having the right answer,” she says.

class with book editedSarah has noticed similar behavior in her students during math class.  “Some students tend to not participate because they are shy, or feel that if someone else knows the answer first, they don’t need to answer,” she explains.

Michelle and Sarah searched for books to help those who struggled with math concepts. They recently found the MathStart series on the First Book Marketplace. The series is filled with vivid illustrations and fun, real-life stories that represent math concepts.  The books have helped their students gain confidence when participating in math lessons –and they’re more excited about math.

“I’ve witnessed my students become more confident in their mathematical abilities.  The books are helping them have a deeper understanding of math,” says Michelle.

Sarah’s students love to read the books on their own after they’ve discussed them in class.

IMG_4606editSarah and Michelle are not alone. First Book surveyed 89 educators who have used these books with their students and 74% said they used these books to help spark their kids’ interest in math.

Michelle has seen her students select MathStart books during independent reading.  They copy and complete word problems from the books.  They’re choosing to do math problems and understanding the concepts on their own.

First Book was able to bring this collection of books to the First Book Marketplace thanks to the support American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM.) 

Do you work with kids in need?  You can access this great math series, and many other books and resources, by signing up.

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