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Print & digital journal Litro Magazine (UK) is accepting submissions for its October issue. Theme: India and the Global South. Accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives). Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: August 18, 2016.
It feels great to be back in my studio (now and then, not nearly enough) making art again. I moved a year ago up into the hills of Berkeley, and these paintings, a few of which I've put up here, reflect my new surroundings.
I love living up here, surrounded by trees. A cute little fox has been hanging around, I think to check out the chickens in the garden behind me. Almost every day I see him and deer, crows, hawks, and so many other birds I can't keep track of. I walk my dog on the most beautiful trail at the end of my street every day, sometimes twice.
The view of the bay that I see while driving up and down the mountain is astonishingly different every time I look. Amazing! I live here? WOW!
And, I have this wonderful new love in my life, that is just the most amazing thing I've ever experienced. I never could have imagined a few years ago, that I would be here right now. Living THIS life. So, lots to celebrate!
My most recent paintings, and a few past ones, are on display at
Welcome to Young Adult Book Central's Top Ten Tuesday post!
Each Tuesday we will be hosting a different theme or topic involving all things bookish!!!
The Top Ten Tuesday post was originally created at
The Broke and The Bookish
so visit there site for all the fun details about this awesome meme!!
This is the best I can come up with to summarize my feelings about books and blogging right now. I've been blogging for almost six years and reading for my entire life and I cannot remember a slump of this magnitude before. I've given up on about half the books I've started, not because of the book itself but just because I couldn't bring myself to care about it. Books that I know at another time I'd go nuts for. It comes up as due at the library or the day passes for its release and I just stop trying. I can count on my hands the number of really great books that I can truly say I've loved this year.
I've read all the great posts and listicles about breaking a reading rut, but I think really you've just gotta stick it out. It's probably largely related to having just a somewhat rough year in general. I've mentioned depression and OCD here in the past and largely it's an issue that I have under control. My depression particularly is cyclical and not something that affects my life 98% of the time. The OCD is more constant, but it's not usually out of my control. It's been about five years since my last episode, so I was due for another bout, and this one has been remarkably mild compared to the past.
What I'm trying to say is that things are well under control and I'm not really in need of any sympathy or sorrow, but it has seriously messed with my reading mojo. In the past I've been incapacitated and I'm super proud that this time around I've got a handle on things and life is continuing as normal. I'm a lot stronger than I used to be. But this time a thing that I used to basically revolve my life around has become dry and pointless. I've spent more time in the last two months playing Cascade and Candy Crush than I have reading and it sucks. I miss reading. I miss being excited about learning stuff and hearing stories.
I've spent a lot of time pouring through Library Journal and making lists of books I'm excited about...until I get my hands on a copy, when it suddenly becomes mundane and uninteresting. I'm not giving up on reading and I'm definitely not giving up my little blog, but it might be slower here for a while. It's super hard to make myself write a review for a book that I didn't have strong feelings about - and right now that's almost every book. If I really hate something, I've got lots to say, and if I love something I want to share it with the world, but it's hard to find the motivation to say "meh" about 40 of the 50 odd books I've read this year. Especially when I don't think many of them actually deserve the "meh" I'm currently giving them.
All that to say, be patient. I'll be back more regularly when my reading groove gets back. I'm taking some steps to try to make it easier to read (like deleting games from my phone and only starting books I have a high likelihood of loving), but if any of you have other suggestions I'd love to hear them!
About this book:
Raja has been raised in captivity. Not behind the bars of a zoo, but within the confines of an American home. He was stolen when he was young to be someone's pet. Now he's grown up . . . and is about to be sent away again, to...
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 […]
Today we're excited to chat with Melissa Hart, author of Avenging the Owl! Below
you'll find our interview, more about Melissa and
her book, plus a giveaway!
YABC: What surprised you most while writing your latest book?
Melissa Hart: I’m used to writing memoir about my own life, and mostly for adults. What surprised...
While readers tip-toe over spoilers from the DC Universe: Rebirth #1 special launching in T-minus eight(ish) hours in New York, author and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has offered to write checks to anyone who wasn’t satisfied with their reading experience. In an interview with ComicBook.com today, Johns urged readers who weren’t satisfied with […]
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:
constructive play with objects
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
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.
KidLit TV host Rocco Staino reads Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice on Read Out Loud. The rhyming book can be found on its own, or as a part of Sendak’s classic Nutshell Library which contains three additional titles; Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.
Collected in this charming book are twelve lilting rhymes and illustrations for the twelve months of the year, with chicken soup as their universal theme. Although the book starts in the middle of winter — presumably the best time for chicken soup — a case is made for the presence of chicken soup in every season. Even in the peak of the sultry summer: In August / it will be so hot / I will become / a cooking pot / cooking soup of course / Why not? / Cooking once / cooking twice / cooking chicken soup / with rice.
In this tiny volume, first published in 1962, the inimitable Maurice Sendak demonstrates his famous ear for language, rhythm, and word play and anticipates the strengths of his later children’s classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Likewise, his illustrations here in Chicken Soup with Rice are, as always, playful and witty. Each rhyme is introduced with a decorative bar, framing the name of each month like a calendar. And by the “year’s end,” readers are convinced that all seasons / of the year / are nice / for eating / chicken soup / with rice!
An excellent read-aloud, demonstrating the progression of the year, seasons, and the power of poetry.
ABOUT MAURICE SENDAK
Illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1928. As a boy, Sendak and his older brother used to write stories. They then illustrated them and bound them into little books.
Sendak went to art school for a short time. But he mainly learned about his profession on his own. As a teen he spent many hours sketching neighborhood children as they played. These children were represented in A Hole Is to Dig (1952), a book by Ruth Kraus that brought Sendak his first fame.
Sendak’s ability to remember the sounds and feelings of particular childhood moments were demonstrated in his best-known work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963). He won the 1964 Caldecott Medal for this book. He later wrote and illustrated two companion books: In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981). The latter received a 1982 American Book Award. Sendak has said the three works are about “how children manage to get through childhood…how they defeat boredom, worries and fear, and find joy.”
Sendak has illustrated some ninety children’s books. In 1970, he won the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for the body of his illustrated work. He was the first American to receive this highest honor in children’s book publishing. In 1996, U.S. president Bill Clinton presented Sendak with the National Medal of Arts
Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers, our interview show. A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a prominent librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal,a contributing writer at TheHuffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George.
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!
Today we're spotlighting Tara St. Pierre's novel, Just A Few Inches! Read on for more about Tara St. Pierre, her novel, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!
Meet Tara St. Pierre!
Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is...
Today we're spotlighting Tara St. Pierre's novel, Just A Few Inches. Read on for more about Leah, her novel, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!
Meet Tara St. Pierre!
Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is filled...
Hi, YABC readers! This is Megan “Shep” Shepherd and Megan “MM” Miranda. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been staging a YABC takeover all week. This installment is less about an evil plot for world domination and more about all things books: our writing processes, our relationship as critique partners,...
Quiet and brooding, while still warm and with a great delicacy, Barbara Yelin’s Irmina takes the author’s own discovery of her grandmother’s World War II era diaries and letters, and applies the resulting biography to higher philosophical heights that really concern the way any of us encounter the world. Irmina is a young German girl […]
Everybody aspires to have beautiful hair that is string and enhances their appearance. However, what many people do not know is that for any beautiful hair that is seen in public, a lot of work has gone into it. Any treatment given to hair makes it to respond by being healthy. Apart from the bad hair days, neglected hair is an embarrassment to the individual. Therefore it is easy to identify hair that is neglected and not taken care of. Therefore everyone should strive at working on their hair apart from the usual grooming of having a good dress. A good dress with neglected hair makes the whole grooming wrong.
The Benefit of using Biotin 5000
Biotin has been associated with healthy skin, nails and also for a healthy pregnancy. However it is important to note that biotin 5000 is also useful for the hair. It adds to the health of the hair by strengthening it. It is usually added on most hair products because of this. When one goes for shopping of a hair product and gets one that has this mineral, they should know that their search for a hair strengthening product is over. It is important to note at this point that, it is also available in plenty as a supplement. The doctor or dermatologist can advise one to use it for better skin, strong nails and hair. It is also recommended for pregnant women. One should always strive to take the right quantity of prescription but in case of an overdose, the body will always get rid of it in urine or increased sweating rate. When there is an overdose, it tends to increase the rate of urine since it is also water soluble. The body will always take just what it needs to function and get rid of the rest.
Are there tablets that increase the hair growth rate?
In the hair market today, there are dht blockers. Their existence has enhanced the maintenance of long hair. When one suffers from slow growth rate they can just pop in, these tablets. When one is ready to use them, they can just get more information from the internet and also consult widely before they settle on a particular brand. Use them and once the desired results have been acquired, their usage should be stopped.
The use of the natural hair loss shampoo
One can also improve the care for their hair by washing with natural hair loss shampoo. This has the ability to prevent all hair losses using natural remedies. The most common things to include in the shampoo include cabbage and carrot juice.
The use of argan hair shampoo
When one decides to use the argan hair shampoo, they should be aware that their hair will be conditioned and improve in appearance. Another thing is that the hair is moisturized and protected against harmful conditions like the harsh sunshine.