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1. CATH KIDSTON - christmas tags/labels

also in the cath kidston christmas range are these fabulous swing tags. the pack of twenty tags tie with red string and feature ten different die cut designs (you get two of each). the CK design team have also created a box of 80 stickers in the same theme which come neatly rolled up in a box.

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2. CATH KIDSTON - christmas wrap

we've had the cards, tags, and labels and now here is the wrapping paper from the 2012 christmas designs at cath kidston. the roll wrap is sold as a pack of three and each roll is three metres in length. designed to co-ordinate the designs are holly, deer, and red polka dots.

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3. CATH KIDSTON - christmas snaps

i've concentrated more on british design with all the cath kidston reporting on P&P this week as i knew our american readers have had an awful lot to deal with after hurricane sandy, and of course the presidential election. im finishing off the cath kidston reports with a few christmas goodies spotted in store at liberty and am hoping all our american friends will be back up and running soon.

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4. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; Illustrations by Jane Chapman

*Picture book for preschool through 2nd graders (Thanksgiving theme, talking animals)
*Bear as main character
*Rating: My daughter loves all these books (Bear Snores On, etc.), and so do I! The illustrations are so cute, and the story always holds her attention. (She loves animals!)

Short, short summary:

In Bear Says Thanks, Bear is hungry, but his cupboard is bare. Lucky for him, he has friends that bring him a food for a feast. It starts with little mouse and her pie, and then different animals come in–such as rabbit, wren, and so on–they bring plenty of food for everyone to share. And Bear makes sure to say thanks! But what can Bear contribute to the feast? Pick up a copy of the book to find out!

So, what do I do with this book?

1. It is the perfect Thanksgiving book, but you could actually use it at any time of the year because it focuses on sharing and saying thanks. So, children can learn to say thank you to their friends, to be thankful for their friends and food, and to share with their friends, too. After reading it, ask children to tell you or draw/write about a time they said THANKS to a friend.

2. Bear doesn’t have any food to share, but he does have stories to share. What does this mean? This would be a good lesson to point out to children that you don’t always have to share material goods. Sometimes, helping someone, making them smile, cleaning up–is another way of sharing yourself and of saying you are thankful. You can set up opportunities at home or in the classroom for children to share their talents, like Bear shares his talent of storytelling.

3. If children were going to create a FRIEND feast, what would they have each person bring? Would it be the same as Bear and his friends (probably not!). You can do this as a shared writing activity. You can have the sentence stem: To the feast, I will bring strawberries. To the feast, I will bring pizza. Then students can copy their sentence and draw a picture to do with it, which can be then made into a classroom book!

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5. Buckeye Book Fair

Angela Johnson and Me sharing a table. Photo by her cousin Roz.
I have had a really good time both visit to the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio. This year we sold out of a Warm Winter Tail and almost out of Why the Possum has a Large Grin.

Angela Johnson was fun to talk to and made the day pass quickly (which is good when you are at a table all day). She was a big advocate of the Possum Book (and got a copy for her niece).

I bought a couple copies of her picture book Lottie Paris Lives Here illustrated by the amazing Scott Fischer for Christmas presents. It is so cute!

She is best known for her YA books (which I would like to read) but has also authored some amazing picture books in addition to Lottie illustrated by Loren Long (one is a Golden Kite winner).

Here is a sketch I did that day:

I added color to this while I beat Troy and Cline at Scrabble...

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6. At The Core (The Sequel)

Last month, I blogged a bit about the School Library JournalLeadership Summit and my preparation to discuss Those Rebels, John and Tom in light of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

I thought I'd report back on our panel, "Nonfiction at the Fore of the Common Core."

We four authors—Steve Sheinkin, Sally M. Walker, Deborah Hopkinson, and me—were in excellent company. The room was filled with librarians passionate about their work. There was a buzz in the room as the discussion ranged from how to engage tech-savvy readers to how to best set up the physical space in a library. Also, there was cake.

Our task on the panel was to share how our books (all nonfiction, all set in the past) were relevant to events today and then to use specific Common Core Standards as a way of exploring our books. Led by Mary Ann Cappiello (one of the intrepid members of The Uncommon Corps I blogged about last month), we dove in.

The discussion was divided into four sections.

Steve began by discussing how Bomb: The Race To Build—And Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon remains chillingly relevant today as many countries around the world monitor Iran’s nuclear future. He added his hope that his book was relevant in “helping kids become engaged with history.”

Sally then turned to a discussion of a specific CC Standard on the balance of primary and secondary sources during the research process. She shared photographs of the prehistoric bones at the center of her book Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man And The Paleoamerican World, focusing on the stone spear point embedded in Kennewick Man’s hip bone and discussing how scientists used computer modeling to analyze whether Kennewick Man—literally—saw the spear coming.

I talked about another CC Standard on exploring how an author’s purpose shapes the content and style of a book. I shared how the text reflects my purpose in Those Rebels, John and Tom of introducing the two men through the lens of their differences and then showing how they looked past those differences to find common ground and work together. I followed up by pointing out the many ways in which Edwin Fotheringham’s art supports this purpose, from his use of opposites (opposing pages of dark vs. light; action vs. passivity; loud vs. quiet) to aspects of the book design, such as the fact that the two men’s profiles face away from each other on the book’s flaps and face toward each other on the title page.

Finally, Deborah Hopkinson discussed another CC Standard on analyzing how word choice shapes meaning and tone. Reading a passage from Annie and Helen, about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, she discussed her love of language and how much the act of reading shapes writing.

The panel was great. I loved listening to and learning from the other authors. I also left inspired to learn more about the Common Core Standards and how I can use them to explore my books with teachers, librarians, and kids.

And if you'd like to read more about the panel, see this write-up in School Library Journal.

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7. Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California- Second Annual Online ThanksGIVING Fundraising Drive

Exerpt from ThanksGIVING Campaign press release:

Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal) – the 40-year-old Los Angeles organization that helped spark a nationwide reading revolution – kicks off its second annual online ThanksGIVING fundraising drive, scheduled to run from November 4-11, 2012.

The social media campaign offers free downloadable gifts from some of the region’s best-loved children’s book authors in exchange for tax-deductible donations of $10 or more to RIFSoCal. Every $10 donation made online at http://www.rifsocal.org or by, clicking associated social networking links, enables one underserved child in the Los Angeles area (preschool through third grade) to participate in a year of free RIFSoCal book distributions, including the ability to select three brand-new books of his/her choice to keep for building an at-home library.

Participating children’s authors offering downloadable gifts to campaign donors include: Sheri Fink (The Little Rose, The Little Gnome), Laura Marlowe (Tommy the Throwaway Dog, Roo B. Dee and the Lazy Day), Elle Febbo (What Love Is A-Z), Hayley Rose (Fifo the Bear books), Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri (Rubber Shoes: A Lesson in Gratitude), Alva Sachs (Circus Fever, I’m 5), Teresa de Grosbois (Jolo’s Two Bedrooms, The Presents’ Presents), Dennis Yang (The Tenth Floor, Where Did the Floufooze Go?), Mara Price (Grandma’s Chocolate, El Chocolate de Abuelita) and René Colato Lainez (The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez, I am René, the Boy).

“We’re thrilled to be partnering again with our friends in the L.A. children’s book author community,” says RIFSoCal Executive Director Carol Henault. “We appreciate their generous downloadable gifts, the joy they bring to young readers and their continued support as RIFSoCal makes strides toward achieving our $10,000 campaign fundraising goal.”

Founded in 1972, RIFSoCal has grown to become the largest program within the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) national organization. RIF, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization, supporting the distribution of 15 million books annually in all 50 states through a combination of private donations and federal funding. A 501(c)3 organization with a Board of Directors, RIFSoCal will provide up to 300,000 new books for more than 100,000 children in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The program has received special recognition from RIF for operational excellence, cited as a model for running a successful multi-site program.

About RIFSoCal:
Since 1972, Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California (RIFSoCal) has improved literacy by helping children discover the magic of reading for fun. Using a network of 8,000+ volunteers at 300 sites throughout Greater Los Angeles, RIFSoCal annually provides up to 300,000 new, free books of choice, together with motivational reading activities, to build the home libraries of more than 100,000 children and their families.

 Xánath Caraza 
at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural Bookstore

When:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
What:  Writing Workshop led by Xánath Caraza
Where:  Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural Bookstore
Time:  12:30-3:30p.m.

What:  Xánath Caraza reading from her book, Conjuro
When: (same day--Saturday, November 10th)
Time:  5p.m.
Where:  Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural Bookstore

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8. More Merchandise Available!

I wanted to wait to post this until I was sure all the images were available, but you can now buy not only adorable lingerie, but totes, jackets, hats, etc as well with the new Marie Antoinette inspired images... ;)  I always try to mention that not all of these are my images- you can see which are mine by referencing my website under my "freelance images" link.

Thanks for checking it all out by clicking here!  Use the left hand sidebar to select other mechandise categories!

:)  I'm so happy to see these all on actual merch!! Never gets old!

PS: if you just love this tote, click on the image to go directly to that item's page.  I might have to get one myself... I'm sorry to be so crazy but I'm just so excited to see my illustrations on bags and jackets :)    I'm so happy!

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9. Animal Andy by Kathy Sattem Rygg

4 Stars Animal Andy Kathy Sattem Rygg 144 Pages    Ages: 8 to 12 .................... .................. Back Cover:  Ten-year-old Andy Ohman is spending his summer working at the Aksarben City Zoo where his dad is the curator. There are rumors the city might close the zoo due to budget cuts. An anonymous donor has given the [...]

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10. SkADaMo Day 7

Watching the detectives.

This is an old illustration that I’ve re-sketched in an effort to hone my new digital pencil skills.

And, yes, I  know, I missed a day. But, come on, yesterday was a pretty big deal! I was distracted.


I’ll try to include the list of sketchers on every one of my SkADaMo posts throughout the month. Otherwise, there are no other rules, regulations, themes, daily words, Facebook pages or anything else resembling organization. Just lots of sketching, commenting back and forth and hopefully lots of inspiration and craft honing!

If I forgot anyone, misspelled anyone’s name or any other heinous act was performed, please let me know and I’ll do my best to correct it.

Carry on sketchers!

















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11. SkADaMo Day 7

Watching the detectives.

This is an old illustration that I’ve re-sketched in an effort to hone my new digital pencil skills.

And, yes, I  know, I missed a day. But, come on, yesterday was a pretty big deal! I was distracted.


I’ll try to include the list of sketchers on every one of my SkADaMo posts throughout the month. Otherwise, there are no other rules, regulations, themes, daily words, Facebook pages or anything else resembling organization. Just lots of sketching, commenting back and forth and hopefully lots of inspiration and craft honing!

If I forgot anyone, misspelled anyone’s name or any other heinous act was performed, please let me know and I’ll do my best to correct it.

Carry on sketchers!


















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12. PiBoIdMo Day 8: Ame Dyckman Gets Back to Her [Book] Roots

I’m lucky to be good friends with several very important book reviewers.

Like my neighbor, Ashley.

At 3:47 PM each Monday through Friday, as we wait at the bus stop for the big kids to come home, six-year-old Ashley recounts the books read aloud in her first grade classroom that day.

Don’t let the pigtails fool you. You thought Kirkus was tough? You haven’t heard Ashley.

But last month, Ashley bestowed her first starred review:


“And it was really, really good!”

My mouth hung open.

I knew that book.

I loved that book—back when I had pigtails.

Thumbs clumsy with excitement, I fumbled my way through an Alibris search on my phone.

“That’s it!” said Ashley. “Order it!”

I did. And the waiting (and whining) began.

For days, cries of “But why isn’t it here yet?” echoed around our neighborhood.

“Be patient,” said Ashley.

“No,” I pouted.

But finally, the package arrived.

I ran to the bus stop.

I tore open the padded mailer.

And there it was:

MORE SPAGHETTI, I SAY! by Rita Golden Gelman, illustrated by Jack Kent (Scholastic, 1977).

“Read!” commanded Ashley.

We plunked down on the curb. I opened the cover—and two wires in my brain connected.

It had been *mumble mumble mumble* years since I’d held a copy of this book, but suddenly, I remembered the words before I read them.

I remembered the pictures before I saw them.

And I remembered how they worked together.

Humor. Friendship. Rhythm. Repetition. Brevity. The power of the page turn. The fun satisfaction of a mirror story.

All the elements I try to use in my own writing.

And this was one of the places I’d learned it first.

“Wow,” I whispered.

I couldn’t wait to write that night.

Ashley smiled. “Told you it was good,” she said.

So, awesome writers, as you seek inspiration this month while creating the books of the future, don’t forget to revisit the books of your past, too!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get a little writing done before making dinner.

We’re having spaghetti.

Ame Dyckman LOVES picture books. Sometimes she’ll even put them down long enough to write one of her own: BOY + BOT, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf; 2012); TEA PARTY RULES, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking; Fall, 2013), WOLFIE AND DOT (working title), illustrator TBD (Little, Brown; TBD).

Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, pets (including a demanding-but-adorable squirrel named Willie) and book collection. Visit Ame at amedyckman.com, or on Twitter @AmeDyckman, where she Tweets “PB book reviews and random goofy thoughts.”

Ame is giving away a signed copy of BOY + BOT plus SWAG—bookmark, sticker, “Affirmative!” bracelet and mini Frisbee! Comment on this post AND complete the challenge to be entered (you’ll be asked to take the “PiBo Pledge” on December 1st to verify you have 30 ideas). A winner will be randomly selected in early December. Good luck!

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Artie’s poem Ceiling to the Stars was published in the November print edition of California Kids! To read the poem online, please click on the illustration below.

Artie’s children’s story The Hummingbird Who Chewed Bubblegum is being published in a book collection by the Oxford University Press in India. More to come.


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14. Thankful for Books Giveaway Hop (11/8 – 11/13)

Without books, life would be boring and so black and white. Let’s bring adventure, light and some fun to the world. Prizes Science Fiction Paranormal Thriller YA Fantasy MG/YA Fantasy YA Science Fiction  YA Paranormal Romance YA Paranormal Romance YA Paranormal Romance Paranormal Romance Paranormal Romance Science Fiction Speculative Fiction   Enter the Giveaway a [...]

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15. End-of-year event

We will have our end-of-year event from 10:30 on 4 December in Emmarentia in Johannesburg. It will be an opportunity to talk about your illustrating and writing during the year as well as socialise with friends and colleagues. All are welcome. Please bring a plate to share. For address details, write to Jenny at SCBWI.SA.Gauteng@mweb.co.za

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16. New Work for "Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships" Book

I'm excited to have been asked to be part of an exciting project – a book called "Chocolate Chips and Rocket Ships" a collection of 99 1/2 fun poems by John O'Marra. John has somehow wrangled 100 different artists to create illustrations to accompany his poems for this really fun book. Check out his site for some of the art and poems that will be part of the book. And be sure to watch the videos that star his adorable children!

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17. Winners!

Hope you all are having a great week! Thank you to everyone who entered to win the two amazing books!

The winner of

DEAR TEEN ME edited by Miranda Kenneally and E. Kristin Anderson (Zest, October 30, 2012)




The winner of


ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury (Razorbill, September 4, 2012)



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18. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 7







These wee mice will soon be frolicking across my blog/banner, but today they are for:

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19. Chickens in the Snow


The first snowflakes fell tonight in New England and I went out to hang with the girls in their coop. It’s starting to get pretty cold. I can’t help but worry about them, in my kind of lame, new-chicken-owner way. I worry they get too cold, even though i selected winter hardy breeds. I sat on their hay bale and one by one tucked them into my wool coat and warmed them up. Tatty fell asleep, Buffy looked comfy, Polly escaped and flew on top of my head. Luna wanted none of it and flew away. I came to terms with the fact that they’re not my farm animals- not only do i not have a farm, I only have four. I worry about them like I worry about any other creature I’m besotted with. They’re my outside pets. And if my neighbors looked out their window, they would’ve seen my sitting inside my lit chicken coop, with one girl on my head, another two sticking out of my coat and would’ve heard me singing to them.  So be it. I’m the crazy chicken lady.

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20. “New Tokyo Undo” by Misaki Uwabo

If you thought Disney/Dali’s Destino was a trip, check out Misaki Uwabo’s student film from Tama Art University in Tokyo. It’s nothing short of… well, I’ll let you decide if it’s genius or insane.

Personally I think this is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. It has no story and the animation is bizarre – but its exhilarating, and it makes me feel good.

(Thanks, Jake Parker)

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21. Writing Because…

One of the reasons I appreciate the opportunity to lead professional development is I get to continue pushing myself to new understandings and deeper learning. Every time I speak or work with a… Read More

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22. Christmas Cards

I've made a few Christmas cards for the shop.

I know, its still early. But now is when people starting thinking about these. So I figured I'd do a few, in case the early birds stop by.

You've probably seen this art before. Or maybe not. None of it is new (boy, how bad am I at selling myself here?). Let's see if I can rephrase that ~ 
"I've chosen some of my favorite Christmas-y images and made them into beautiful greeting cards!". There, that's a little better.

I'm feeling the beginning of something 'cold-like' hovering around tonight, something that requires aspirin and fluids. (Fluids. That's an odd word, isn't it?) My fluids of choice in this situation are lemon-ginger-echinacea juice and plain water. Although if someone were to fix me a hot toddy of some sort I'm sure I could be persuaded.

So anyways, that might explain my poor efforts in enthusiastically presenting my card-making endeavor. 

I also think all the election hoopla left me a little worn. Did you feel that way too? The endless TV commercials and Facebook rantings and then the actual election-night stress. Its a wonder the President doesn't have a nervous collapse afterwards. I hope they at least let him sleep in a bit this morning (the day after).

I'm also trying to get used the time change. I want to go to bed at 6:00 pm now.

There are a lot of odd bits of art happening around here. Well, they're not odd, really, just a little of this, and a little of that.

Some of it is picture book art, and some of it is food. And today while out shopping I found inspiration for a new series, and bought a few things, so am excited about that. (No, I'm not going to tell you what it is yet, you have to wait.)

I hope all of you are well, and weren't caught in that awful Sandy disaster. I'm feeling very thankful for the warm and sunny California weather we're having right now, and power and water and a roof over my head. A little rain would be nice, just so I don't have to go out and water the yard. And OK, I'd like to be able to wear a sweater maybe. Otherwise, everything's good. Take care, and remember to drink your fluids! 

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23. Wednesday Wild: The Very Hungry Porcupine

© Loree Griffin Burns

I hiked through my local MassAudubon Sanctuary this week and came across this guy snacking in the middle of a trail. I took some pictures, sure he’d take off as soon as he heard the shutter click. When he didn’t, I moved in closer, shooting all the while.

Nibble. Nibble. Nibble.


Nibble. Nibble. Nibble.

“Are you deaf?”

Nibble. Nibble. Nibble.

What choice was there? I took the long way back to the car.

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24. Write by Hand: NaNoWriMo Tip #8

Some writers have discovered that writing a your manuscript by hand can produce better results than simply typing your novel.

Experiment as you write your quota for the day–write by hand and compare to the work you typed earlier this week. Lifehacker collected a few scientific reasons why writing works better than typing:

Dr. Virginia Berniger, who studies reading and writing systems and their relationship to learning processes, found that children’s writing ability was consistently better (they wrote more, faster, and more complete sentences) when they used a pen rather than a keyboard; these are, of course, subjects without a penchant for using either tool … The difference, Berniger notes, may lie in the fact that with writing, you use your hand to form the letters (and connect them), thereby more actively engaging the brain in the process. Typing, on the other hand, involves just selecting letters by pressing identical-looking keys.


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25. Payday Loans Registration and Repayment

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What people know about payday loans is its simplicity in applying as well as in its payment. How couldn’t it be easy if we can simply apply the loan online, fill out several forms, even sometimes customer do not need paperwork to submit, and get the money. Applying payday loans is really that easy.
Payday loans has been the most effective and reliable loan that customer has ever get. Firstly, customer should only visit the company’s website. When a customer needs money badly, they can apply the loan whenever it is. When they apply the payday loans on working hour, they can get the loan right after they apply. How if they apply it on non-working hour? They get the money on the following day. Moreover, if they are luckier, they can even get the no-paperwork and no-credit card checking in applying. Even for someone who has bad credit history, that is pretty beneficial right?
When one is applying and later they get the money, they will be given date for the repayment. Customers can later have the repayment automatically withdrawn from their bank account, or directly repay it. However, what sometimes customers do not remember about payday loans is that they are responsible for the repayment. Thus, if you are interested, be sure you are responsible later.

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