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1. Prize: "Welt"-Literaturpreis

       They've announced that Zeruya Shalev has received the "Welt"-Literaturpreis -- an international literary prize handed out by Die Welt ('The World') for the fourteenth time; previous winners include Kertész Imre (2000), Amos Oz (2004), and Philip Roth (2009).
       See also Benjamin Weinthal's report, German paper awards J'lem author literary prize, in The Jerusalem Post.

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2. Prize: Dylan Thomas Prize

       The winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize -- "awarded to the best eligible published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author under 30" -- has been announced (though not yet at that official site, last I checked ...).
       As the BBC, for example, reports, Dylan Thomas Prize for Maggie Shipstead with first novel -- meaning, of course, that her Seating Arrangements won the £30,000 prize; get your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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3. Marginalia on Casanova review

       The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Szentkuthy Miklós' 1939 Marginalia on Casanova, the first volume in his St. Orpheus Breviary, finally available in English, from Contra Mundum Press.

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4. Louise Park’s Boy vs Beast Meets Paul Collins’ Fantasy – National Year of Reading 2012

Judith Ridge at Penrith librarian Conference WestWords, CreatNet Speakers AgencyBoy versus Beast hijacks the computer game worlds – it’s fast furious, fantastic with brilliant digital games. But you have to read each chapter first.

The author Louise Park is a hugely successful and innovative writers. Kids love to read her books.

Paul Collins fantasy author of the Quentaris series and publisher of Ford St Publishing, and Director of the speakers’ agency CreativeNet, gave us the good ‘oil’. We now know the 12 steps to writing fantasy.

Deb Abela, Sophie Masson  – well, they already write brilliant fantasy – and the novice me ,had fun writing out joint fantasy. Hint – it has an ICE MOUNTAIN!

National year of Reading 2012, www.love2read.org

The teacher-librarians joined in. It was a wonderful conference with lots of ideas and commitment to reading.

Judith Ridge introduced WestWords – the  innovative reading community for young people in Western Sydney. So many fabulous programmes from the LethoPark Mob Anthology with indigenous kids to creating picture books with kids and illustrators in libraries

teacher librarian Ian MacLean and author Susanne Gervay and Ian at Teacher Librarian conference at PenrithWendy Fitzgerald and Toni Brisland  at Librarian Conference Penrith Nov 2012

Brilliant presentationson the future of reading by Meredith Costain.

Brilliant writing activities presented by the talented Deborah Abela

and more, much more.

Thankyou to the Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown, Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group for organising this fantastic conference.

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5. More Manchess workshop update -

 Day #2!

You can read the report on the TLCWorkshop blog here.

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6. My So-Called Life-brary

Yes, the title of this post is cheesy. At least I'm not one of those people who doesn't realize he's cheesy. Oh, I realize it! But that title was the only way I could tie together the coolest elements of my trip to Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Some of you may already know of the influence My So-Called Life had on my approach to storytelling, especially while writing Thirteen Reasons Why. The tone of that show was constantly in mind while writing that book. I played the soundtrack repeatedly to set the right atmosphere. There's even a subtle tribute to MSCL after one of the party scenes.

So I was so excited to share the same in-flight recycled air, from L.A. to Chicago, with Tom Irwin, the man who played Graham Chase!

My first speaking engagement was at Hinsdale South High School. When I first arrived, I was shown a very cool poster designed for the library.

Then I spoke in the auditorium. I always love hearing what students come up with to introduce me. Sometimes, as was the case here, they give 13 reasons why they're excited to have an author visit.

Then I spoke at Burr Ridge Middle School.


I always enjoy the Q&A portion of presentations, especially when someone asks a question I've never been asked before. For example, a question about the number of times Clay "hurls" in my book!

In the evening, I spoke at Indian Prairie Public Library.

After my presenation, students accepted awards for entering the 7th Annual Write-On Cool Compositions Contest. Andrew Salgado gave the awards for songwriting, and I gave the awards for short story and poetry.

Thank you, Sarah, for organizing these wonderful events (and letting me steal some of these pics!).

Of course, I couldn't leave the area without grabbing a Chicago dog at the airport.

Yes, I tried to add Chicago dog into the title of this post, but I couldn't make it work. And yes, that disappoints me very much.

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7. Picture Book Month: Creativity

Well, I missed a few days of my picture book month updates - not because I couldn't find any fitting titles from my library, but because I've been in transit to Arizona to visit family!  I'm still having fun here with my family, but thought I'd try to catch up on my posting, so for today's theme of creativity I dug out Robin's Room, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by one of my favorite illustrator-couples, Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher.  Robin's parents try to channel his impressive, but somewhat destructive creativity by allowing him to renovate his own room:

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8. Book Review: Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick

Book: Sorta Like a Rock Star
Author: Matthew Quick
Published: 2011
Source: Local Library

Amber Appleton is the self-proclaimed Princess of Hope. She considers it her God-given mission to spread joy and optimism to those that need it. From spending time with a haiku-writing Vietnam vet to teaching English to Korean immigrants using R-and-B lyrics to weekly debates with a nihilistic octogenarian for the entertainment of lonely nursing-home residents, Amber does her best to let her little light shine on everyone else's life.

What nobody knows is that her own life is hardly hopeful. She's living with her mom in a school bus, barely scraping by. Amber's determined not to let anybody know, either. She's doing just fine, after all. Then a horrifying event brings Amber's world crashing down around her. She can no longer spread her message of hope. She doesn't have enough for herself.

But she's forgotten something very basic about hope and joy: they're infectious. They spread. And when you catch it, you want to spread it back, even if the person who needs it most is the person who gave it to you in the first place.

In case you haven't figured it out from that first paragraph, Amber's one wobbly step away from being a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Her first-person narration overflows with verbal gymnastics. Full of optimism, running over with energy, and somehow able to make everybody and I do mean everybody love her, she's almost more quirk than character. What saves her from this fate is the very real darkness and self-doubt that permeate her quieter moments. Even before her mother dies, you have a strong sense that she is putting up a good front, sparkling as hard as she can just so nobody guesses that the darkness and the doubt are there.

I have to also mention the role of faith in this novel.  Amber is openly Christian, but not in the evangelical sense. She talks about Jesus as if he's a personal friend. Not one who'll fix all her problems (so often my problem with evangelical Christianity), but someone who's on her side. Her faith doesn't pull her out of the dark, but it does hold her up for awhile as she goes through it.

Somewhere between Weetzie Bat and Pollyanna, this girl may not be terribly realistic, but she could spread a little hope into your heart too.

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9. More Reasons to Appreciate What You Have

It’s a new school year and students are getting to know their teachers – but one special teacher is receiving attention for her fancy footwork. Mary Gannon, a 24-year-old math tutor, was born without arms and teaches with her toes, amazing and inspiring students and staff at Harding Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio. She’s become a living example that anything is possible. Gannon drives, dresses, cooks, types emails and writes math problems on the board – all with her toes. Gannon is right-footed and jokes that she can’t read her writing with her left foot. Continue reading

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10. PiBoIdMo Day 11: Marcus Ewert Says “Seize the Dresses!”

Dear fellow PiBoIdMoers: my brave and beautiful sisters & brothers!

I’m going to keep this short and—hopefully!—sweet.

Several years ago, I was sitting in the far-too-messy front room of my apartment, glaring down at the notebook on my lap, pages blank as Antarctica.

There was a very specific theme I was trying to write—NOT because it had been handed to me, gift-wrapped, by a Muse with ivory wings. No. This theme had arrived like a toddler with a pan and a wooden spoon: having plopped itself down on the kitchen floor, it was going to beat its makeshift drum—CLANG! CLANG! CLANG!—until it damn well felt like stopping.

Furthermore, the theme had told me—in no uncertain terms—that it was going to be a picture book… and not a shoddy one, either. There would be a proper story arc, with a beginning, middle, and end; there would be believable characters, and it would all take place in an interesting setting. And the finished product had to appeal to actual children, not some fusty adult idea of same.

Oh, and did I mention that the theme of the book was transgender identity? You know, something EASY. Total Berenstain Bears territory…

So: me, blank page, glares. A pitiless, pot-banging toddler. A zillion different ideas and approaches in mind, all of them lame, all of them contradictory.


Finally, using a tactic that I don’t recommend, I bullied myself into the job at hand: I took a stab at the first few paragraphs. What came out was the story of a girl coming to terms with the transition of her beloved uncle to a female identity. And it was TERRIBLE.

Even as I wrote, I could picture the heavy, plodding illustrations that would accompany this heavy, plodding tale: ‘Here are a bunch of clunky, poorly-drawn children arriving at school! Now they’re hanging their coats up! Now they’re putting their lunch-bags away! Now it’s recess time, and the blocky kids hang off monkey bars! Now it’s carpool time—what a long line of station wagons!’ …I was starting to nod off, literally.

But then—thank GOD—something else kicked in. It was like being shook by the shoulders. Some inner voice (a grown-up version of the toddler-with-the-pot?) had decided to be all frank and no-nonsense with me. And this is what it said:
“Oh, Marcus, COME ON! Get real here! You don’t give a DAMN about this boring girl, her dreary uncle, or any of her ‘After-School Special’ life. NO. What you want to write about—since you can write about ANYTHING IN THE WORLD—is dresses. Magical dresses: a dress made of real gold; a dress made of CHOCOLATE!”

At last, the real me was starting to participate. “What about a dress made of crystals?” I asked. “And whenever light hits it, it would flash rainbows, like a prism?”

“Now you’re talking!”

“Or a dress made out of FLOWERS?” I said. “Actual living flowers? The skirt would be roses, and, uh, lilies… and the sleeves could made out of honeysuckle vines! The little girl wearing the dress could pluck honeysuckles right off her sleeves, to taste the honey – just like I used to do, in Georgia!”

“See? Now you’re bringing your own life into the story. That’s so much better…”

“Or what about a dress made of windows?” I said, interrupting. “Magical windows that would show you things like the Great Wall of China, or the Pyramids?”

And so on.

You see? Everything had changed. Now my story had a spine—a series of marvelous dresses—and at last I had a character I actually cared about: the little girl who could dream up such luminous creations.

And of course SHE would be the one—not some hazy uncle—with the soul-deep knowledge of her own true gender, the one that didn’t line up with others’ expectations.

And that’s how my book 10,000 Dresses came to be, and Bailey, its courageous heroine…

My dear fellow PiBoIdMoers, my brave and beautiful sisters & brothers!

Here are my two pieces of advice:

  1. Notice which ideas put you to sleep with boredom.
  2. And, when in doubt, SEIZE THE DRESSES!

Marcus Ewert wrote the children’s book 10,000 Dresses (Seven Stories Press, 2008; illustrations by Rex Ray). The first book of its kind, 10,000 Dresses has received wide critical acclaim, awards and honors from the American Library Association, and has become a staple of anti-bullying curricula throughout North America. It’s also been banned a few times!

Marcus is hard at work on several other picture books as well. Did you know that eclairs can come to life and fight crime?

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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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12. The Blogger App: blogging on the go

Before you say it, I will. This blog post is late. I'm away from home and the office this weekend, and I spent part of the day trying out the Blogger Android app for my tablet.

I finally figured out how to access this account, after spending several hours this morning trying to log in with the right email account. (Then I needed a break for Husker football.)

Sigh. Now, I think I'm fairly tech savvy, but this tablet and app stuff can be confusing! Maybe overwhelming would be the better word.

This much I do know: now that I have figured out how to maneuver my way around in this app, I like it. The app features a simple interface, which should make blogging on the go an easy task.

Instead of lugging my laptop everywhere I go, I can slip the tablet into my purse and blog whenever I want or need to. It will make reporting while on the road a snap.

It seems like a welcome tool for a blogger/writer!

Do you use an app to blog on a tablet? What has been your experience?

by LuAnn Schindler

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13. Society6 Promo - $5 OFF

When you click on this link it re-directs you to my site and you can then use the $5 off.

but it only works from this link.

Just FYI....
I did add some of the newer paintings there to if anyone is interested.

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14. French Country Idea #1

Here is the painting that I did for a series I thought of doing... It is based on French Country Home Interiors that I love.  I just like to bring a narrative into these wonderful backgrounds/settings :) So I used some reference and altered them to make them into an image I liked..... and also thought up a character.

I have a couple planned out so come back to see the next couple of paintings... ;)  The narrative will get more interesting as the paintings are completed.

Tomorrow is Josh's MFA show so I will be busy helping him set up... I am so proud of him!! He's been working on this for SO long... I think it will be awesome!! I hope to post some pictures of that event as well.


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15. Self-promoting authors on the internet: This is what you're doing wrong

  1. Not bringing value. Contribute. Think of blog posts (whether on your own or on other people's blogs) as articles, rather than press releases.
  2. Sending thirty thousand emails that are all non-specific and self-congratulatory. People will just delete these. (Also re Facebook invitations: it turns out that you can resend an invite to like your page after someone has rejected it, however it appears that you just haven't invited them yet. So maybe don't repeatedly invite someone who doesn't like you to like you? Learn from my mistakes.)
  3. Just trying to sell and not actually interacting. No actual meaningful interaction occurs if your sole goal is selling lots of copies of your book. It does happen if one of your main goals is making your blog/Twitter/whatever else interesting to read rather than just a method for selling your work. And don't just 'network'. Try to legitimately connect with people.
  4. Not promoting others. Don't expect something for nothing. Promote others! Return the favour! But only people you genuinely like the work of. And not everybody at once, because that's just overwhelming.
  5. Not being interesting, or being anything. Really. Don't find your niche or whatever and then stay comfortably wedged there. If your blog is identical to hundreds of others, how are readers supposed to know your work is unique and brilliant and worth reading? This is just basic life advice, you-only-live-once type stuff, but applicable here: just do you.
  6. Not thinking about what engages you as a reader. Think about the books you purchase, and why. Think about the authors you like. Don't think 'I will sell a lot of copies by emailing everyone in the world, repeatedly' because no one is paying attention anymore. People are just deleting your emails. People who are vaguely annoyed with you do not generally purchase or promote your book.
  7. Choosing quantity over quality in terms of communication, who you're contacting, the social media websites you are on, your blog, etc. Again, not emailing everyone in the world repeatedly and having a blog that is just 'this is my book, give me your money' over and over again. It's okay to blog less regularly, really! People have limited time, so they probably would prefer to read a small amount of interesting stuff rather than a large amount of the same old boring stuff. Contact a smaller group of more relevant people rather than a big group that includes everybody (people enjoy feeling special, and only being contacted about things that are relevant to them).
  8. Making people do too much. I'm not going to tweet and Facebook and blog and write a sonnet in order to win a copy of your book. I don't actually care for winning copies of books anymore to be honest, but I think you really need to think about what is easy and fun for your readers, rather than just what will get you the most exposure.

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16. SkADaMo Day 10


It happens to the best of us, eh?

The Illustration Friday word of the week is “Tree” and this popped into my head for some reason.


Hey now, don’t forget to toddle on over  here and check out my fellow SkADaMoers. There’s some really good stuff! Thanks!

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17. SkADaMo Day 10


It happens to the best of us, eh?

The Illustration Friday word of the week is “Tree” and this popped into my head for some reason.


Hey now, don’t forget to toddle on over  here and check out my fellow SkADaMoers. There’s some really good stuff! Thanks!

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18. Advent Event Day 4

 Welcome to day 4 of the Advent Event! Please share this event with your friends. The more anthologies we can sell, the more money we can raise for the National Down Syndrome Society.

Purchase the book here: http://amzn.com/1479266248

Or visit this site for more information: http://adventanthology.wordpress.com

Here’s a look at the next two stories:
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" by Susan Dayley

A straggly Christmas tree stood in the foyer. We passed it on our way to the brightly lit gym (it was years before we heard of rooms called “cultural halls”). Like a beggar in a mink coat, the tree had been strung with multi-colored lights, popcorn, and paper-chain garland with red and green links made by Primary children. Someone had contributed some crocheted snowflakes and a thin, white skirt with glitter embedded in it.
The gym echoed with shoes on the wood floors, the clang of adjusting metal chairs, loud greetings, and laughter. Our mom directed us to a row of chairs that faced the stage. To the left, a dark brown upright piano had its back to us. The pianist was warming up with “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” its soft strains lost beneath the conversations.

Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heaven’s all gracious King!

My dad called for everyone’s attention, and we got right to the singing. Daddy led, choosing lively songs and allowing his strong voice to carry above everyone’s, pushing the lyrics forward while the piano strained to keep up. “You know Dasher and Dancer and Comet and Vixen. . .”
In those days, no one had heard of ward parties with themes like “Christmas in Bethlehem,” “A Nauvoo Christmas,” “Christmas Around the World,” or any of our current productions that focus on our Savior. Back then, a night of singing that cumulated in a visit from “The Jolly Old Elf” was common.

Christmas, Don't Be Late by Jordan McCollum

Jack turned the black iPod over in his hands. It was a good thing Led Zeppelin had finally caught up with the digital age, even if Jack really didn’t get his dad’s obsession. One Christmas wish down—now he just had to make sure Dad got it before it was too late.
“Whatcha doing?” his little sister Maren called from the doorway, obviously shifting from first to fifth gear of obnoxious.
Jack rolled his eyes and turned back to his computer. “Go away.”
“Lemme see. It looks cool.”
“It is cool, and you’re not touching it.”
She screwed up her lips and folded her arms, taking three steps into his room to pout just out of his reach. “I’ll tell Mom.”
“Yeah, right, and I’ll tell her what you did with Dad’s favorite T-shirt.” Like they weren’t losing him fast enough as it was, she had to go ruining that, too.
Maren scowled at him. “Nuh uh.”
“Get lost.”
She lunged for the iPod, but Jack pulled it out of her reach. Maren jumped on top of him, one bony knee landing hard on his leg and the other driving into his stomach. In a reflex he couldn’t stop, he curled into a ball and shoved her to the floor.

And here a look of one of the prizes:

Susan Corpany will send one lucky winner a basket full of goodies from Hawaii where she lives. What's in this basket of wonders? You'll just have to win to find out, though I'm pretty sure chocolate-covered macadamia nuts are a pretty good bet.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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19. "Ideas Are Probably In The Air"...Like Cigarette Smoke

I am not much of a Rod Serling fan. However, I like this clip at Brain Pickings very much. In it Serling says that ideas come from "every human experience." He goes on to make the point that "the hardest thing on Earth" is to put ideas down. By which he means to do something with them.

Yes, getting from an idea to a completed piece of work is often brutal. To be honest, it's almost always brutal.

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20. Highlighting 2011 Book Set Feedback from Talisay School in the Philippines!

It’s been a busy month here at PaperTigers with our 10th Anniversary celebrations in full swing as well as receiving lots of feedback  from recepeints involved in our WaterBridge Outreach: Books + Water Nourishing the Mind and Body (formerly known as Spirit of PaperTigers). It’s always exciting to receive a package in the mail or open an email and see images of students involved with the Book Sets and to read their thoughts and comments on the books.

Today we are highlighting feedback from Talisay Elementary School. Talisay Elementary School is located in a barrio in Barangay Talisay in the Northern Mindanao Area of the Philippines. A significant number of students at this school have parents who are unemployed and the school’s mission is to provide “the best quality education to everyone who enters the gates.”  Talisay has participated in our Outreach program for the past two years and when reflecting on the 2011 Book Set, teacher Brenda Abao commented:

When my pupils saw the pictures in the books, they were so attracted with the color presentation. Some laughed at the illustrations. Most of them enjoyed best the story Biblioburro.

The books you sent me were a big help in my class especially during the “DEAR” (Drop Everything And Read) period. The students took turns reading since I had 29 pupils and there were only 15 books. They felt for the children in the countries mentioned in the stories but they couldn’t search for more about these countries since only a few of them have access to the internet.

After all of my pupils were able to read the 3 stories, I discussed each story with the whole class. One pupil commented that they were so lucky since their schools are not made of mud and that they do not need to build their school every year. That’s after we talked about the story Rain School.

To read all the feedback from Talisay School and to see more photos click here. To learn more about the 2012 Book Set, click here.

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21. SkADaMo ~ Day 10

“What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants the friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard -
The treble of heaven’s harmony
These things he plants who plants a tree.”
- Henry Cuyler Bunner, The Heart of the Tree


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22. SkADaMo ~ Day 9




Oooops… I almost forgot day nine!!!

Here are some spots for a book I’m working on. Right now I’m revising sketches and then on to color.

To see more of the SkADaMo participants click on the picture below and follow the links!




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23. Something about crackers.

Something about crackers. I’ve known about crackers for a very long time. When I was a toddler, the food I saw most often was crackers. Later, in elementary school, the cafeteria put little piles of crackers on our trays. I usually stuffed mine in my pockets to enjoy later. There was something about having them in my pocket. You can never be hungry if you’ve got crackers. In the event the school b

us broke down during the ride home, I knew I had enough crackers for myself and my closest friends. It wasn’t a food thing. I’ve always spent my time on the thinner side of life. Food doesn’t interest me. Except for crackers. When I go to the store, I invariably pause in the cracker aisle. Might need some. Might not. You can predict I will pause long enough to make sure the market has plenty. They come in boring square boxes. No imagination goes into the packaging of crackers, and I truly don’t get that. When I was very young, we had cracker tins. Attractive tall narrow tins full of perfect unbroken crackers. The flimsy cardboard they use these days insures you will have more than you bargained for in broken and crumbled crackers. One last thing about crackers. Ever try not eating a cracker when you open the box? I dare you. Go to your kitchen (or pantry). Open that new container of crackers. Pour a couple into your hand. Notice how they get into your mouth, whether you are hungry or not? Crackers. There is something about crackers.

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24. 11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph by Darcy Pattison

National Veterans Awareness Week United States Senate Resolution 143 November 11 to November 17, 2012 The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans. Veterans Day “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to [...]

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25. Children's Books for Veterans Day

Cover Art of the Children's Picture Book Veterans Day honors all of the men and women in the U.S. military and their families for their sacrifices on behalf of the United States of America. As a reminder of all we have to be thankful for, why not share Chris Gall's beautifully illustrated edition of America the Beautiful with your children. If you are looking for a book about remembering those who died in war, I recommend The Wall by Eve Bunting. This poignant children's picture book is about a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by a father and his young son.

It's also important to remember all of those men and women recovering from service-related injuries. If your family or a family you know has a parent with a service-related traumatic injury, you may find Our Daddy Is Invincible, a picture book by Shannon Maxwell, a helpful resource. The book is based on her own family's experiences when her husband, a Marine, sustained a traumatic brain injury, when their daughter and son were 10 and 7.

(Cover art courtesy of Houghton Mifflin)

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Children's Books for Veterans Day originally appeared on About.com Children's Books on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 at 00:01:19.

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