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1. Preacher’s TV premiere boosts graphic novel sales

Speaking of Preacher, this headline hardly constitutes a shocking surprise, but checking Amazon’s graphic novel best sellers list , Preacher Volume #1 is now the #2 seller (and #124 book overall) just behind the Kindle edition of The Hedge Knight, a Song of Fire and Ice spinoff based on a George R. R. Martin novel. […]

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2. Day 36 of #100daysofoilcrayon #the100dayproject #oilpastels...



Day 36 of #100daysofoilcrayon #the100dayproject #oilpastels #sennelier #lisafirke



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3. Illustrations by Mary Nida Smith


I drew this many years ago as poster for my grandson when he was kid. (c) by Mary Nida Smith
I have drawn for many years and then I had to stop. I will be posting more as I scan them to photos.

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5. BURNING by Danielle Rollins | Orange is the New Black Meets Stephen King's Firestarter

 Review by Krista BURNINGby Danielle RollinsHardcover: 352 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (April 5, 2016)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon Tucked away, deep in the woods, Brunesfield Correctional Facility's cold walls and empty hallways keep dangerous girls away from the world . . . girls like Angela Davis, whose fate was determined by one bad decision. After a few years in juvie

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6. Alex Trochut’s Penguin Books Galaxy Series

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Alex Trochut’s covers for the Penguin Books Galaxy Series beautifully capture the unique essence of the captivating stories that made each book a pioneer of its time. The covers’ typographic compositions and bright colors are inspired by the books’ settings and narratives. For Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Trochut cleverly arranges the type to highlight and represent the clash of views addressed in the novel. The word “stranger” appears facing a different direction than “strange land.”

 

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7. let's have a cup of light and shadow

rough sketch on wood. chalk and charcoal.

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8. The Breakfast Table Book Club

Today’s post is coming to you live from the breakfast table. We get many books to read and review and the really successful ones, the books that become favorites, are those that get the “The Breakfast Table Book Club” approval!

The Breakfast Table Book Club

This is how is works, I have stacks of books everywhere in this house. Often times there are a few books that have recently come in that just sit on the kitchen table. As the family wanders in for breakfast each morning, they’ll grab a book to read while eating their cereal. I always know a popular read when they ask where the book has gone once I move it to the review crates. “When is it coming back?” they ask.

Today I bring you two such titles that have tried to leave the breakfast table but have been a constant companion since they’ve arrived.

The first book is so appropriate for THIS year of all years because it’s an election year. 50 Things You Should Know About American Presidents published by the QEB publishing.

Breakfast table Book Club

Everything you should know about US presidents is broken down into 50 bite-sized chunks. Every president is covered, from the first person to take office George Washington, to our current US president, Barack Obama. Fascinating facts are included on each page, for example, did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt is the longest serving president ? There are also details about the US political system, clearly stating the changes that have occurred from the 17th century until today.

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This is a very colorful book and perfect for reluctant readers. I say this because reluctant readers love little snippets of information as opposed to chapter books. This book is well suited for ages 8 to 12. It has become a greatly loved edition on our breakfast table.

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Our second Breakfast Book Club selection is 50 Things You Should Know About Wild Weather by QEB Publishing. Who doesn’t love wild weather. My children are obsessed with it so you can imagine that a fun book on the breakfast table about wild weather would be very welcomed.

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Rain or Shine- the weather impacts everything we do. Packed with facts, diagrams, infographics and photos, 50 Things You Should Know About Wild Weather takes you on a whirlwind of discovery. Covering the earth’s atmosphere and how weather works, you’ll find out all you need to know about weather fronts, heat waves, hurricanes, avalanches, ice storms, climate change and our favorite topic, tornados and much, much, more. Filled with facts, figures and world records for the wildest weather ever documented, you’ll also discover storm chasers and weather scientists who have tried their best to keep the weather in check. Be warned, it’s a stormy ride.

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Wild Weather is in full color and grabs the eye, drawing the reader in.

Both of these selections will have your children not only reading but reciting and retaining the fun facts they learn about weather and presidents. I’m so happy these books have found their way to our breakfast table.

Thank you to QED for offering us these fine books to review.We highly recommend them. They are perfect for any library public, home or school.

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9. walking outta the shadows

charcoal on paper. 30x50 cm approx. 2016

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10. What about those 15%?

I’ve been refining my library talks lately. The one I’ve given a few times over the past year has to do with the 15% of Americans who still don’t use the internet (no phone, no home internet, no work internet, nothing). How do we work on this issue? Part of the good news is that the new Lifeline Program guidelines from the FCC do include “digital inclusion” (that is, making sure people can use the tools not just have access to them) as part of what the program is supposed to accomplish. This is good. And people have access via their libraries. This is also good. But some of what needs doing is creating a safe place where people can learn technology without being harassed by messages of hazards and pitfalls and social gaffes, often perpetuated by people trying to sell you something. And this messaging starts with us, librarians and educators and people who see these 15% as part of our daily lives. Positive messaging is more important than we give it credit for. This talk goes into detail about ways to do that and important things to think about in our own speech.

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11. don't look at us

mixed media on coloured  paper..20x20 cm approx 2016.

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12. BAM! Maybe Comixology will be the Netflix of comics with $5.99 Unlimited monthly service

For years we’ve been wondering when a streaming comics model would be introduced that really opened up comics to the popular Netflix model of reading. There have been many attempts, but Comixology just hit a slam dunk with Comixology Unlimited, a $5.99 a month streaming service that offers everything from The Walking Dead to Attack […]

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13. Filmcrew


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14. Preparing for the 2016 ALSC President’s Program

Environments are imbued with ideals and beliefs about the core values of their institutions.  As public libraries move to a more patron-centered approach, library settings become less formal and more available for collaborative and creative practices.  This year, ALSC President Andrew Medlar will share his vision for active and child-centered learning spaces throughout American Libraries at his Charlemae Rollins President’s Program:  Libraries: The Space to Be. 

Chicago Public Library is the home of Charlemae Rollins, and here at CPL, we see it as our role to enliven the spaces in our children’s rooms in order to encourage and promote what Fred Rogers called “the work of childhood” play-based learning. By creating meaningful and child-friendly spaces, we serve children and their families more deeply.  It is our goal to create active learning spaces that are a meaningful educator for our children and our communities.  Our libraries are considered pioneers in incorporating STEAM opportunities for child and parent engagement, and we are designing space across our system to meet the needs of 21st Century children and families.  This means age designated ‘neighborhoods’ areas for creativity, collaboration and lots of ways to encourage moments of sharing.  We believe sharing is learning and we want to encourage that in both formal and informal settings.  As our new flagship main children’s library opens later this year, we will roll out even more ways upon which STEAM, early learning and school-aged families can read, discover and create.

In San Francisco, our libraries are family destinations for discovery and community engagement. As part of the library’s early literacy initiative, we partner with the Burgeon Group to design and embed Play to Learn areas in each location.  These site-specific transformations are beacons of play incorporating colorful interactive panels, multilingual features, developmentally appropriate experiences, fine gross activities, texture and tracing elements all to spark spontaneous conversations and build key literacy skills.  (Stoltz, Conner, & Bradbury, 2014) From nook to cubes and the flagship installation at the Main Library, parents, caregivers and most importantly children know play is welcome at the library.

Successful play spaces are those that engage children’s interest; inspire creativity; allow physical movement; and encourage interaction with both materials in the space and with other children.  Many early childhood spaces are modeled on the Reggio Emilia approach, starting with a welcoming space that is arranged to provide opportunities for children to make choices and discover on their own.  Once children have explored, adults facilitate play around subjects or objects in which the child shows interest. This child-driven model is a natural fit for an active learning setting in a library, where children have free access to a variety of resources from books to toys to art materials.  Research shows that having quality books placed at children’s eye level supports literacy-related activities like those that occur when children play in library spaces. (Neuman, 1999)

The Reggio Emilia approach has also been shown to be equally effective for young children who do not speak English, a situation common in Chicago and San Francisco (Zhang, Fallon & Kim, 2009).  Leslie William and Yvonne DeGaetano note the importance of creating culturally relevant spaces based on children’s own communities in Alerta:  A MultiCultural, Bilingual Approach to Teaching Young Children.

Play is a necessary building block for children’s brain development, along with culture and the creative mindset. (Gauntlett & Thomsen, 2013) It is so essential for life that the United Nations recognizes play as a human right for every child.  Play allows children to explore and experiment with their environments, building synaptic connections in the brain and helping children establish problem solving skills as early as 6 months of age.  The American Library Association-Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) recommends that play be incorporated into library programming, recognizing the direct correlation between play and early literacy.

There are five general types of play that children engage in.  These can all be supported in our libraries, and each type of play supports both children’s general development and literacy in a variety of ways.  These include:

  • sensory play
  • constructive play with objects
  •  symbolic play
  • pretend play
  • rule-based play such as games.

Some of the elements that are shared by both Chicago Public Library and San Francisco Public Library include:

  • Creation of connections and sense of belonging
  • Flexible and open-ended materials
  • Materials that support the ECRR2 practices ( TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY)
  • Stimulation of wonder, curiosity and intellectual engagement for children and their caregivers
  • Symbolic representations, literacy and visual arts
  • Flexible furniture and arrangements
  • Different levels and heights of displays or tools
  • Nooks to read and/or work
  • Open-ended activities and tools that can be transformed by the child’s interest
  • Places for individuals as well as groups
  • Creation Station and maker areas for encouraging design, exploration and creation
  • Parent and caregiver incubator space
  • Areas and resources for constructive, dramatic and creative play
  • Appealing signage and parent tips to support family learning

As co-chairs, we are eager to have you join us at President Medlar’s Charlemae Rollins President’s Program to learn more about successful elements of library design for 21st Century Kids and hope to see you there!

— Liz McChesney, Director of Children’s Services, Chicago Public Library
— Christy Estrovitz, Manager of Youth Services, San Francisco Public Library

References

  • Stoltz, Dorthy, Marisa Conner, James Bradbury. (2014). The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces. ALA Editions.
  • Gauntlett, David & Thomsen, Bo Stjerne. (2013). Cultures of Creativity: Nurturing Creative Minds Across Cultures. The LEGO Foundation.
  • Nespeca, Sue McCleaf. (2012) The Importance of Play, Particularly Constructive Play, in Public Library Programming.
  • Zhang, Jie, Fallon, Moira & Kim, Eun-Joo. The Reggio Emilia Curricular Approach for Enhancing Play Development of Young Children.

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15. Good News Day Tuesday: A Book Birthday and Two Launch Parties!

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted on here! Excited to get back to blogging!

And so excited that today's "Good News Day Tuesday" is a very special one for me! Today is the book birthday for my third picture book, WHERE DO STEAM TRAINS SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Picture books take along time to come into the world (much longer than babies :) )! So I am so very excited that you can all finally see Christian Slade's amazing illustrations of train moms and train dads getting their little boy and girl trains ready for bed!


In honor of my launch day, I would love to invite you all to two special launch parties:

If you are in the Seattle area (or will be this Thursday night): You are cordially invited to my in-person launch party at the fantabulous, Mockingbird Books! I hope to see you there!!

And if you are not in the Seattle area (or even if you are but you just want to check this out too): You are cordially invited to my online Train Station Book Launch party on  my website. Just chug on over to
the party for a freight-load of train and picture book fun!

All aboard!

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16. Are you ready for a 600 page oral history of Fantagraphics?

  That was rhetorical — of COURSE you are. At long last, after over a decade in the works, We Told You So: Comics As Art the oral history of Fantagraphics begun by Tom Spurgeon and finished by Michael Dean will be coming out this summer, just in time to celebrate the (gasp!) 40th anniversary of […]

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17. New Trailer for Illumination’s ‘Sing’

Illumination's all-animal musical comedy will be out in December.

The post New Trailer for Illumination’s ‘Sing’ appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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18. Weed Painting Challenge


“A weed is but an unloved flower.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It's time for the next GurneyJourney painting challenge. Let's paint some weeds.

Ivan Shishkin, Aegopodium, Pargolovo (study) 1884, 35x59 cm
Fidelia Bridges, Thistle and Landscape
How does the challenge work?
We've done this before with gas stations, graveyards, and outdoor markets (Links take you to results). 

This time we'll paint some weeds on location. Everyone can upload their examples to this special Facebook event page. I'll choose a Grand Prize winner and five Finalists. Each receive a coveted "Department of Art" embroidered patch, and the Grand Prize winner will also receive a free tutorial download.

I hesitate to call it a "contest" because there's no entry fee and the spirit is more about cooperation, community, and camaraderie than competition. We're all at different levels of skill and experience, but we're all out there braving the elements and trying out new painting ideas.

Ivan Shishkin Grasses
How do you define a weed?
• By "weed" I mean any naturally growing herbaceous plant. For example: wildflowers, cattails, vines, lily pads, grasses, dandelions, ferns, mushrooms—really any natural plants. 

• That excludes anything planted, cultivated, or tended by humans, such as nursery or garden flowers or food crops.

• Nothing too big: no woody plants and no trees. 

Ivan Shishkin A Woman Under an Umbrella
• Must be painted outdoors with the weeds in situThe weeds can't be cut and brought indoors or painted from photos. 

• The scene can include a landscape background, but the emphasis should be on the foreground with the plant carefully observed, with some botanical detail. 

• You can put a piece of white or black board behind a weed if you want to isolate it against a simple flat background. But I'm not looking for botanical studies so much as weeds in natural (or man-made) settings.

• OK to include some trash, insects, signs or other things you find around the weeds.

William Scott The Butterflies' Haunt--
Dandelion Clocks and Thistles
What media are OK?
• All painting media accepted, such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, acryla-gouache, alkyd, casein, or water-soluble colored pencils. 

• No limits on palette of colors.

Deadline
• You can enter as soon as you finish the piece, but no later than the deadline: Friday, June 24, 2016 at midnight New York time. Winners will be announced on Sunday, June 26.


William Henry Hunt Birds Nest and Primroses
Fidelia Bridges
Thistle in a Field
Submission Guidelines
• Free to enter

• It must be a new painting done for this challenge. In addition to a scan of the final painting, your entry must include a photo (or video) of your painting in progress in front of the motif. 

• Please include somewhere in the title or description the name of the weed, either a common name or Latin name.

• Upload the images to this Facebook Event Page. If you don't have a Facebook account, please ask a friend with an account to help you. Please include in the FB post a mention of what medium you used, and if you want, a word about your inspiration or design strategy, or an anecdote about your painting experience.

• In addition to the Facebook event page, you can use the hashtag #weedpaintingchallenge on Instagram or Twitter to see what other people are doing. 

• If you end up doing more than one entry, please delete your weaker entry so that we end up with just one entry per person.

Aaron Draper Shattuck Leaf Study with Swallowtail
Prizes
I'll pick one Grand Prize and five Finalists. All six entries will be published on GurneyJourney, and all six will receive an exclusive "Department of Art" embroidered patch. In addition, the Grand Prize winner receives a video (DVD or download) of their choice. Everybody who participates will have their work on the Facebook page, too.
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19. Dynamite ‘Bundles Up’ for exposure and bucks

If you’ve been reading the Beat regularly – and I know you have – you may have noticed that Dynamite is the King of Bundling – that is, the kind of pay-what-you-want services such as Humble Bundle that give consumer vast access to digital comics for a pretty low fee. Dynamite has two notable recent bundles, the  “Bundle […]

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20. Pop-Up London - a bookwrap






From Lonely Planet Kids comes a wonderful series of pop-up books. Here they are for you to take a peek at...









Who is Lonely Planets Kids?

From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.
From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.

It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!




Unwrapping...





Pop-up London
Ages 8-12



Let's take a peek inside shall we? 











Unwrapping... London!!


Are you all packed?  Have you got the plane tickets?  Let's go.....we are London bound!  I am so glad we read the new pop-up book before we left so that the amazing iconic landmarks can now be included in our visit.  I especially liked the map that was included in the back so we won't get lost.  Great feature. 

The city became animated right before our eyes as we flipped from page to page.  Six 3-D pages popped up and we discovered Buckingham Palace, The Shard, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral and the London Underground, fondly known as the tube.

Blimey!! A smashing time we are in for.  You are invited to join us as we explore the wonders and magic of London, England. Here's a ticket for you.... Cheerio! Pip! Pip!





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21. catherine-nicholas: I started a tinyletter!  It’s about the Kardashians (and murder, and women, and...

catherine-nicholas:

I started a tinyletter!  It’s about the Kardashians (and murder, and women, and invisible laws and shadow trials).  I’ve so enjoyed the tinyletters I subscribe to.  Here’s a little list:

Black Cardigan by Carrie Frye: light and clever, earnest and broad.  For people who like Harriet the Spy, Hilary Mantel, and occasionally discovering an archaic word.

when I sing along with you by Zan Romanoff: the complications of accomplishment, the many weirdnesses of publishing, and One Directionitis.  @zanopticon has not one but TWO books coming out, this feels like riding shotgun next to her on the way there.

Like This by Meaghan O’Connell: Love her in NY Mag, love her here.

Reading the Tarot by Jessa Crispin: “Day Five.  Tower again. Fuck off, I think. One time I pulled Temperance 10 days in a row. I was in Budapest and then en route to Timisoara. Things were not going well.“

Coffee & TV by Ruth Curry: if you want to cry about someone else being moved to tears by Orphan Black

Intermittent Theories by Lucy Morris: Lucy Morris can just write the shit out of a newsletter.  “This is perhaps why things I wrote when I was 22 do not particularly embarrass me, as I understand they are supposed to; I fault myself for many things but never my attempts at understanding something in the center of it all, and in the face of that endeavor, it has always been difficult for me to care about the fine-tuning of structure or the making of sentences.“

mmmm, vol 1. by cassiem: She moved to DC, what now?

This is the nicest description of the Black Cardigan newsletter! Also: the other newsletters mentioned here are all wonderful and worth subscribing too.

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22. horizon

mixed media on paper and digital arrangement.

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23. Romance Novel That Will Touch Your Heart!



Miranda Mayne, the daughter of a notorious pirate, spent most of her life in the hustle and bustle of London society, though her true love was always the sea. Promising her father she will stay away from the life that killed her mother, Miranda accepts the marriage proposal of a man she thinks she can trust—only to discover that his true intentions are to secretly capture her father. Trapped between loyalty and deceit, Miranda’s heart falls prey for her true match only to find that he is out of her reach. Will she lose everything she holds dear or can she save her father, find true love, and most of all—find herself before reality prevails?

What others are saying!

"Wow this book had me captivated with a true romance novel with the heroine, hero, and villain along with innocent bystanders made this story one of a kind yet reminded of a Jane Austin classic with the time period of the story. I chose the marking of some violence and sexual content because there was some but it was all so romantic and intriguing. There were times when it was hot and heavy, ruthless, dangerous, on the edge of the seat kind of relationships that you could really feel and be drawn into the story line. This is a book that is very hard to put down until you finish it! I have read many of Renee Hand's books for her younger audiences and since this is the first adult novel I have read of hers I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased to have been able to read a different genre of Renee's. Kudos for a job well done!! Loved it!"--Missy Mae-Amazon


"Loves' Conqueror is a well developed historical romance that will take the reader on a journey of two characters and their struggle to find true love. Beginning with the most notorious pirate on the seas and the woman who dared to love him. Her death in childbirth caused many changes in the hard core pirate. Forcing his daughter to live a pampered life in London away from him. Knowing that her father would approve, Miranda Mayne accepts a marriage proposal from an accomplished man who has ties with the crown. It isn't until she discovers that her fiance's goal is to find and destroy her father, that she realizes she made a mistake. Forced on a journey where she is used as a pawn, she finds love with the captain of the ship, only to learn that he is out of her reach. Determined to find her father before her fiance does, and wiggle her way into the heart of the man she loves, Miranda digs deep within herself and finds a strength she never knew she possessed.  This is a well written page turner that will capture the hearts of others." Children's Book Reviewer




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24. What's New in YA--May 24, 2016

Are you wondering what's new in YA  today? Check out these wonderful new releases!       Breaking up with her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. When Mark makes it clear that it’s over between them, Veda is heartbroken and humiliated—but, more importantly, she’s inspired. And so she...

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25. Lily and Dunkin – Diversity Day Book Recommendation

Title: Lily and Dunkin Author: Donna Gephart Publisher: Delacorte Press, May 2016 Ages: 10-14 Themes: Transgender children, manic depression, bipolarity, mental illness, bullying 352 pages Opening: Girl Lily Jo is not my name. Yet. But I am working on that. That’s why I am in the closet. Literally in my mom’s walk-in closet … Continue reading

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