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901. What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,Plus What I Did Last Week,Featuring Sergio Ruzzier and Paul Schmid

Preliminary art from My Dog Is the Best


Preliminary art from Whose Shoe?


Today over at Kirkus, I write about Daniel Miyares’ newest picture book, Float. That link will be here soon.

Last week, I wrote (here) about Eve Bunting’s Whose Shoe? (Clarion, June 2015), illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, and Laurie Ann Thompson’s My Dog Is the Best (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, June 2015), illustrated by Paul Schmid. Today, I follow up with some early and final art from each book, thanks to Sergio and Paul.


From Eve Bunting’s
Whose Shoe?,
illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier:


Early character work


Early dummy sketch
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Spider sketch


“There’s one thing I find hard to take
when I’m standing in my lake:
I hate that mud between my toes.
(I’m rather fussy, I suppose.) …”

– Early rough and final art
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“Hello! I’ve found a lonesome shoe.
Someone lost it. Was it you?”

– Early rough and final art
(Click each to enlarge)


“Who says that shoes are just for feet?
I’m glad my search is now complete.
The stars are shining overhead. …
I’m happy in my king-size bed!”



From Laurie Ann Thompson’s
My Dog Is the Best,
illustrated by Paul Schmid:


Early dog


Dog poses


Early design
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Final art: Title page spread (without text)
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Final art (without text): “My dog is the best. He is strong and brave.
He helps the firemen.”

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Final art (without text): “My dog is the best. He makes me smile.”
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MY DOG IS THE BEST. Copyright © 2015 by Laurie Ann Thompson. Illustrations © 2015 by Paul Schmid. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, New York. Preliminary and final art reproduced by permission of Paul Schmid.

WHOSE SHOE? Copyright © 2015 by Eve Bunting. Illustrations © 2015 by Sergio Ruzzier. Published by Clarion Books, Boston. Preliminary and final art reproduced by permission of Sergio Ruzzier.

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902. Emma Watson to star alongside Tom Hanks in ‘The Circle’

Emma Watson is to take a leading role alongside Tom hanks in a film adaptation of Dave Egger’s book The Circle. The satirical New York Times bestselling novel, about the removal of personal privacy at the hands of a large tech corporation,was Egger’s first fictional work. Time reports:

‘The novel follows a young woman named Mae (Watson) who lands a job at a massive tech company called The Circle (think: the power of Google, the influence of Facebook and the machinations of Hooli). It takes a dark turn when Mae meets a mysterious older man (Hanks) and begins to reckon with the deterioration of privacy in a world full of surveillance technology and linked with social media networks.’

According to Variety, director James Ponsoldt said of Watson:

“Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to The Circle…

Tom Hanks will also be producing the film alongside Gary Goetzman, and will start shooting in September.

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903. Poetry Friday - Monotone

I've been reading Sandburg the last few weeks, so today I'm sharing a poem I can't seem to get out of my mind.

by Carl Sandburg

The monotone of the rain is beautiful,
And the sudden rise and slow relapse
Of the long multitudinous rain.

The sun on the hills is beautiful,
Or a captured sunset sea-flung,
Bannered with fire and gold.

A face I know is beautiful—
With fire and gold of sky and sea,
And the peace of long warm rain.

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Carol at Carol's Corner. Happy poetry Friday friends! 

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904. Bug in a Vacuum - a bookwrap



Unwrapping and setting free...

Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt

Ages 5-9

Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations for you...

They are so fantastic I wanted to pick them all.

Unwrapping the content...

Did you ever get a book into your possession that you just wanted to hug and not share because it hits a certain spot in your heart and you want to claim it as yours?  No touchie please!! Well this book did just that for me.

Napoleon, an adorable and loveable little dachshund, spots a fly one day in the yard and then takes it upon himself to chase after it all through his house, through a bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and finally into the living room.  The fly uses a huge globe to land on and that's when the world is no longer his oyster.  He finds himself sucked into the vacuum along with Napoleon's favourite toy, a knitted miniature, knitted facsimile of himself, with button eyes....both gone into the abyss of no return.   While trapped inside the dusty prison the fly experiences the five stages of grief and Napoleon also grieves for his coveted buddy entrapped inside the steel capsule as well.  The first emotion the fly experiences is:

 * Denial:  In the beginning the fly is euphoric.  Hurray this is amazing!!!  What a cool adventure I am having... and then reality sets in, and so does...

*Bargaining:  If you just let me out I won't bug anyone anymore I promise. 

"Dear Vacuum, 
If you let me free I promise to avoid my favourite hangouts:  
                                         A new Bug"

* Anger:  Let me out now.  Did you hear me?  No more Mr. Nice Fly.  I'm bubbling over!  I'm going to explode!!  "Attack!!!"

* Despair:  Woe is me!  I am doomed!  Forever a prisoner of my fate.  "I'll never see the sky again."  And finally...

* Acceptance:  "I surrender! I'll make the best of things." 

The vacuum drags across the floor and is hoisted up into the Bull Dog Keep It Clean! Waste Service truck and off it zooms for trash disposal.  

Will the fly be freed?  Will Napoleon get his playmate back to cuddle and love once again?  Will they both recover from this life-changing event?  

"The five stages of grief, also known as the Kibler-Ross model, introduced in 1969, are a series of emotions commonly experienced when facing a life-changing event. "  Watt cleverly weaves these emotions throughout the story, parallelled by both the fly inside the vacuum and Napoleon, on the outside.  The illustrations are truly amazing, packed full of detail and expression and action.  This book is highly, highly, highly recommended.  And the icing on the cake?  Mélanie Watt is Canadian! Hurray Canada!

About the author...

Mélanie Watt is the bestselling creative genius behind many beloved picture books for children, including the Scaredy Squirrel series, the Chester series, You're Finally Here!Have I Got a Book for You! and Augustine. Mélanie's books have received numerous starred reviews from journals such as PW and Kirkus and have won many state awards in the US, including the Virginia Readers' Choice Award, North Carolina's Children's Book Award and Maryland's Black-Eyed Susan Award. In Canada, she is a multiple winner of the OLA's Blue Spruce Award and the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award. The Scaredy Squirrel animated television series based on her books airs on the Cartoon Network in the US and YTV in Canada. Mélanie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Read on and read always!

It's a wrap.

Contact me at storywrapsblog@gmail.com

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905. Painting Dan Gurney's "Pepsi Challenger"

When I was in southern California last fall, I painted the "Pepsi Challenger," a Formula 1 race car designed and built by my cousin Dan Gurney and his team back in 1981 (link to YouTube video).

Dan let me set up my sketch easel in his museum, and I interviewed him about the car. The edit mixes my voiceover about the making of the painting with clips of him talking about the design of the car.

Note that the car doesn't have rear view mirrors. They were taken off for some reason, but we joked that when you're way out in first place, you don't need rear view mirrors.

I've been intrigued by this kind of edit, which juxtaposes two different ways of looking at the object being painted. My viewpoint is that of the naïve observer, trying to translate my outward impression into paint, and his is the expert who knows the object inside out.

The expert's perspective is a reminder to me not only of the importance of accuracy, but it also helps to push me beyond the limitations of the moment and the surface, where so many plein-air paintings become stuck.

For this video, we also have the third element of my great-uncle John Gurney's operatic aria playing in the soundtrack, which connects the art of painting with the unusual heritage of my family. I hope it also expresses the kinship between the arts of painting, engineering, and music.

What I tried to accomplish with "Gouache in the Wild" as a whole is to explore the magic of seeing the world firsthand through paint, and to let each painting hinge open like a doorway into new worlds.

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906. Scientist John All Inks Book Deal

PublicAffairs 200 (GalleyCat)Scientist and explorer John All has landed a deal.

PublicAffairs, an imprint at the Perseus Books Group, will publish a nonfiction book entitled Mountains Melting Beneath Our Feet. According to the announcement, senior editor Ben Adams negotiated the deal with literary agent Bonnie Nadell.

All has carved out a career in extreme exploration; he goes on missions to study how different animals have adapted to the effects of climate change. For this project, he recounts his adventures exploring a glacial crevasse, surviving an attack from African elephants, and stepping on a highly venomous black mamba snake.

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907. Mini Manga Review: An Uncommon Abigail by Kyoko Sagara and Joanna Maitland

May Contain Spoilers


This is another .99 Harlequin manga that I nabbed from Amazon.  An Uncommon Abigail would have received a higher grade if it had been the complete story, but there are a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up.  I am assuming those will be tied up in The Prodigal Bride.  When I purchased this, I did not realize that it is not complete in one volume, and there is no mention of that fact in the manga itself. I had to use Google-fu and Amazon to track down the next volume.  (The Fortune Hunter is the first volume – it took me even longer to figure that out!  I only managed that because I finally located the original book the manga is adapted from.)

Amy, fearful that her younger brother has been kidnapped, disguises herself as a lady’s maid with the help of her friend Sara.  Together, they attend a house party, searching for clues as to Ned’s disappearance.  While snooping through Major Anthony’s rooms, Amy discovers a naked man!  Little does she know that she’s uncovered another mystery, but this one may cost her her reputation.

This is a cute, fast read with pretty art. The lavish details given to clothing and backgrounds made for a visually interesting read, and emotions are deftly revealed through facial expressions.  Amy is determined to save Marcus after he protects her from an unruly house guest, putting himself in danger of discovery.  Wanted for the merciless beating of a gentleman, Marcus is hiding until he can clear his name.  Now that Amy is on the case, he’s worried that she’ll be ruined or injured by his foe.  I was entertained right up until the point that it dawned on me that – NOPE! – I wasn’t going to find out what had happened to Anthony’s wife, (he’s been accused of murdering her), or to see William’s comeuppance. That was disappointing because I wasn’t expecting it, as the Harlequin manga are typically complete in one volume.

Grade:  B- / C+

Review purchased from Amazon

Amy, despite being of noble birth, is attending a grand party at the famous Lyndhurst Chase estate, not as a lady but as a maid. Her younger brother Ned was last spotted at Lyndhurst before his mysterious disappearance. And there are rumours that Major Anthony, the owner of the Lyndhurst estate, is responsible for the disappearance of his own wife not long ago. What kind of trouble has her brother gotten into? Under the disguise of a lady’s maid, she sets off to look for clues of Ned’s whereabouts. But during her search, she comes across a mysterious man in hiding. Who is he and could he have something to do with Ned’s disappearance? But the more Amy learns about this handsome stranger, the more perilous her world becomes. Especially after she falls in love with him.…

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908. J.K. Rowling confirms ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

An exciting announcement has been made by J.K. Rowling via Twitter, confirming the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,  a play set to open in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre next year. This announcement was made on the 18th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.

The tweets confirm that the play will not be a prequel, and will be ‘a real treat for fans’ as a new story that was made exclusively for the stage. The writer, Jack Thorne, and director, John Tiffany (Tony award writer of Once) and J.K. Rowling herself will collaborate to produce the play, the content of which the Daily Mail previously reported on:

‘The Cursed Child delves into what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily Evans Potter and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley.’

J.K. Rowling’s official Facebook page reported:

‘Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, tickets for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will go on public sale this autumn, details of which will be announced summer 2015 and will be shared on the official website, in late July.’

To keep updated on ticket information, you can subscribe to an emailing list on the play’s official website, www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com.

More news to come! See Rowling’s tweets below:

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909. Poetry Friday: Much madness is divinest sense by Emily Dickinson

Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
'T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, - you're straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

- Emily Dickinson

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911. Grandma in Blue with Red Hat (2015)

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat. Scott Menchin. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. 2015. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Saturday is the best day. Because that's the day I go to art class at the museum. I have been coming here forever.

Premise/plot: The narrator of Grandma in Blue with Red Hat comes to an important realization about art and about his Grandma. He listens to his classmates describe art, what makes art, well, ART. He realizes that his Grandma has all the attributes of a GREAT museum-worthy piece of art. Should he donate his Grandma to the museum?! Or can he honor both his love of art and his love of his Grandma in his own special way?

My thoughts: I liked this one very much! I thought it was very sweet. It gets big and little details just right. I love his relationship with his grandma. I appreciate the focus on art. I also noticed that the narrator has two pet cats, and, that he LOVES to draw them!

Note: Not every teacher *appreciates* illustrated underwear. This one does have a LARGE pair of underwear on display at a museum...in the boy's imagination!

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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912. Hippu (2015)

Hippu. Oili Tanninen. 2015. Tate Publishing (Abrams) 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Hippu looks out of the window and sees a dog.

Premise/plot: Hippu is a small, square picture book originally published in Finland in 1967. Hippu, a mouse, meets Heppu, a dog, and they become good friends. The book is about what the two do together. The text is very matter-of-fact. For example, "Hippu sleeps. Heppu sleeps. Good night."

My thoughts: Hippu is a strange little book, in a way, certainly different from what is currently being published. But just because it's strange doesn't mean it lacks charm. The illustrations are simple, yet bold and striking. (The only colors in the book are red, white, and black.)

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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913. Jessica A’s Favorite Reading Spot

I love the beach. The sound of waves crashing, the smell of salt air, the warm sun on my sunscreen-lathered skin. It’s all perfect for reading, except I really hate getting sand in my books. Luckily, my father’s beach house has plenty of comfy seating with a great view of the ocean. I’m fortunate that I’ll be able to spend plenty of time there this summer with a book in one hand and an umbrella drink in the other.

---Jessica Alvarez

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914. Free First 5 Pages with author Ava Jae and agent Patricia Nelson opens July 4!

The First Five Pages June Workshop has come to an end.  What a great group of talented writers! The participants worked so hard, and did a great job with their revisions. A big thanks to our guest mentor, Shaun Hutchinson and our guest agent, Tina Schwartz, both of whom provided terrific comments and suggestions, and of course to all of our fabulous permanent mentors!  

Our July workshop will open for entries at noon, EST, on Saturday July 4, 2015. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements.  Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing  and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages.

In addition to our talented permanent mentors, we have Ava Jae, author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE RED, and Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. So get those pages ready!

June Guest Mentor – Ava Jae

Ava Jae writes YA and NA paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels because she loves writing about self-discovery and the complicated worlds of young people. Her debut novel BEYOND THE RED will be published in hardcover and e-book by Sky Pony Press in March 2016. She is also an Assistant Editor at Entangled.  You can find her online here:  tweet/blog/tumbl/post/vlog/instagram 

A feud on a distant, crimson planet with established nanite technology creates a violent uprising that threatens the reign of a teenage queen and forces her to turn to her rebel half-blood bodyguard for help, before the planet's human population is destroyed at the hands of her power-hungry twin brother.

Add it to your shelf on Goodreads!

June Guest Agent – Patricia Nelson

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively looking to build her list. In general, Patricia looks for compelling, well-written stories featuring complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s fiction, historical fiction, and accessible literary fiction, as well as contemporary and historical romance. For YA and MG, she is open to a wide range of genres, with particular interest in contemporary/realistic, magical realism, mystery, horror, and fantasy. She is interested in seeing diverse stories and characters in all genres.

We fill up early so get those pages ready -- write, revise, repeat!


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915. Annual 2015: Oakland PL's Youth Leadership Council

This is a guest post from Perla Casas, a 2015 high school graduate. She will be part of the panel speaking on Sunday June 28th at 4:30 pm as part of "Empower Your Teens! Civic Engagement Strategies That Work."

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a youth-driven advisory board for the Oakland Public Library. The YLC creates support strategies to improve its service for patrons and promotes the library simultaneously. The YLC is made up of twelve individuals from the ages of thirteen to eighteen. I was sixteen years old when I first stumbled across the YLC application at the TeenZone in the Main Library. I have always enjoyed reading and I am passionate about libraries, so I thought this group would be a perfect fit for me. After a nerve wracking three month application process, I was finally accepted as a member.

The YLC meets for two hours every third Saturday of the month at the Main Library. After my first official meeting, I was given the opportunity to facilitate the next meeting. I received training and multiple handouts on how to properly run a meeting while being respectful towards my fellow members and being an effective communicator. I became more comfortable with the other Youth Leadership Council members after I facilitated my second meeting and I had a better understanding of how we function as a productive team. I was able to identify and recognize the strengths and talents of my fellow members. It was a successful meeting.

The third annual Culture Festival held by the YLC allowed my creativity and organizational skills to shine. I volunteered to be the decorations and activities director alongside my best friend, Julia. After seeing last year’s decorations, we knew we had to completely revamp them. We brainstormed all of our ideas and I created a decorations schedule in order to materialize all of our ideas. Recreating the Great Wall of China for the Oakland Public Library was our greatest accomplishment. Over 100 hours were spent on creating various cultural decorations and we made sure every culture was included. It was an arduous process but at the same time extremely rewarding. Being able to see how our decorations transformed the library was fulfilling and gratifying.

During my time as a member I feel like I have formed a bond with the Youth Leadership Council members (some of which are alumni now), the supervising librarian of teen services, Lana Adlawan, and my amazing moderators, Amy Sonnie and Jeanie Austin. Amy Sonnie gave me the confidence to join the YLC and accomplish things that I thought I never could do before. She taught me how to prosper inside and outside of the YLC. Jeanie Austin, who I have only known for a short time, has become a good friend and has given me support throughout the entire process of my last few months with the Youth Leadership Council. I am thankful and truly blessed for these wonderful, dedicated, and hardworking people in my life. My experience with the Youth Leadership Council has been unforgettable and I am proud to become a YLC alumni in the fall.

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916. The Hilarious Way One School Librarian Achieved 100% Book Returns (Almost)



Her name is Alanna Almstead. She’s a librarian at Ichabod Crane in Valatie, NY. And at the end of each school year, Alanna faces the same vexing problem: Unreturned library books.

Because kids tend to forget. And some others, let’s hope, just fall in love with that book and can’t stand the thought of letting it go.

Alanna realized that the problem might be solved if she could only provide the proper motivation. Some sort of incentive. A carrot, so to speak.

But what could it be?

Here, I’ll let my friend Alanna explain it in her own words:

“The idea actually came about last June as my amazing aide, Lori, and I were discussing the shameful number of missing books at the end of the year. Always eager to see me make a fool of myself, I think the words “duct tape” first came out of her mouth.

Fast forward to May of this year. There I sat rambling at the end of a particularly fun library class about how important it was to return their books (we also give funny trophies to the five classes that return all of their books the fastest) when I suddenly blurted out that if the whole school brings their books back I would get taped to the wall. Yikes! Once that sort of thing gets said there is no taking it back, but no worries… It will never happen, I thought to myself.

11403263_10203095973960421_4328485250474245790_nI approached my principal, Suzanne Guntlow, after the fact. Suzanne is a wonderful supporter of the library and gave me her blessing, just in case the kids came through.

And come through they did! Although we fell short of the goal of all books returned school wide I am very happy with the results. In the end we had only 12 books still checked out in a building serving over 560 students. When the last third grader brought her book back I knew that I would have to make good on my promise.

And so, on the eve of the last day of school, I found myself making the rounds to several local stores to buy armfuls of duct tape. Variety seemed important, for some reason. When you’re nearly 6 feet tall and are faced with getting stuck to a wall you want the tape to work (and look pretty, of course!).

All of the third grade classes gathered on the last day of school to witness their reward for being so responsible. Afterwards I did hear a few students saying that it was the “best way to end the year.” (What does that say about what they really think of me, I wonder?!?).”



Final comment: I think it’s pretty obvious what they think of you, Alanna. Those kids think their school librarian is a hoot. Great job, great spirit. And a huge hat tip to that incredible aide, Lori, for hatching the idea. Note: Yes, there’s actually a brief video of the moment when they removed the foot stool from beneath Alanna’s feet and — what joy, what laughter — she stuck!

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917. New Harry Potter Play to Open at London’s West End in 2016

rowlingBack in 2013, J.K. Rowling announced that she would be working on a Harry Potter-related play. Over on Twitter, the author announced that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will open at London’s West End in Summer 2016.

BBC News reports that Rowling collaborated with Jack Thorne, a seasoned playwright, and John Tiffany, the director, to create this original story. She revealed that the tale being told in this theatrical production should not be considered a “prequel,” but it does feature an “untold part of Harry’s story.”

At this point in time, no announcements have been made as to who will play The Boy Who Lived. We’ve collected all Rowling’s tweets about this project in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via BuzzFeed.com)

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918. Procrastination Problems.

Question: Okay, I write a lot. I mean, a lot. I always start my stories off really great. I'll write a whole first chapter, but usually I give up after

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919. ALAAC15: All The Programming on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage


Reproduced from the ALA website, here’s the schedule and descriptions for the panels being hosted on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage in the exhibits hall at the Ameican Library Association annual conference in San Francisco.

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Here’s your chance to hear from authors, illustrators, and creators of the hottest games and graphic novels. Learn more about the art of graphic novels and illustration, how games and gaming inspire creativity and social engagement, and how comics in the library and in the classroom can help you inspire and reach reluctant readers. Supplement your Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage experiences with visits to the Graphic Novel & Gaming Pavilion, the Zine Pavilion, Gaming Lounge and Artist Alley, also on the Exhibit Floor.

Time: Saturday, June 27 Sunday, June 28 Monday, June 29
9:00-10:00am Paizo: Pathfinder Organized Play in Your Library Chris Harris: Teaching Through Games: A
Play-Based Approach to Learning in Libraries of All Types
Joshua Hale Fialkov: The Bunker
10:00-11:00am Mark Siegel – The History and Growth of First Second Books Christos Gage-Buffy the Vampire Slayer Celebrating 10 Years of Graphix!
11:00-12:00pm Academy Games Robotics: How Robots Interact with People Lark Pien & Jenni Holm: Wearing Many Hats-The Roles We Play in Telling Stories
12:00-1:00pm Derf Backderf CBLDF:Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts on Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges Nick Dragotta & Dr. Saul Griffith
1:00-2:00pm Zine and Not Heard! DC Entertainment-Inside the Page: Bat-Universe
2:00-3:00pm Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement:The Art of Graphic Novel Selection and Acquisition and the Presentation of the 2015 ALA Grants Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen: Using Musical Activities to Build Early Literacy Skills
3:00-4:00pm Award Winning Authors: Their Books, Process and the Future Historical Fiction Graphic Novels Panel
4:00-5:00pm Daniel Corey: “Moriarty” The Experience of Creating, the Image, and Self Branding

Pierce Watters: Pathfinder Organized Play in Your Library

Paizo, Inc. has the world’s largest roleplaying organized play network in the world. As times change, libraries are looking for alternatives to bring in visitors. Young people are reading less and playing games more. The Pathfinder roleplaying game not only encourages kids to read, it fostered cooperative play, goal setting, and goal evaluation. More and more libraries are running the Pathfinder roleplaying game, attracting a younger audience, and exploring new ways to educate and enlighten. Learn more about the Pathfinder gaming

Sponsored by Paizo

Mark Siegel: The History and Growth of First Second Books

Editorial Director and Founder of First Second Books, Mark is the publisher of several award-winning, best-selling, high-quality graphic novels. He will discuss the history of First Second and, with the help of librarians, its growth over the years.

Sponsored by First Second Books

Academy Games

Uwe Eickert, representing the Academy will discuss “What makes a game an effective learning tool?”. Well designed games engage youth in a decision making process with anticipation and resolution cycles hooking them into wanting to play and explore the game’s subject matter in greater depth.

Derf Backderf: Trashed

Backderf is the author of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, national-bestseller “My Friend Dahmer”. He will be representing his new novel “Trashed”, an inside look at the job of a garbage collector.

Sponsored by Abrams ComicArts

Matthew Murray, Alex Wrekk, and Jonas Cannon: Zine and Not Heard!

Some people think that zinesters should be seen and not heard, but we think differently! Come and listen to some zinesters from the Zine Pavilion read from their own work. Emceed by the editor of the zine Two Fisted Librarians, Matthew Murray will join zinesters such as Alex Wrekk, Jonas Cannon, and more to showcase stories of romance, adventure, hilarious occurrences, and who knows what else! If you can’t make it to the reading, make sure you come by the Zine Pavilion where there will be zine creators all weekend long!

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announcement: The Art of Graphic Novel Selection and Acquisition and the Presentation of the 2015 ALA Grants

An educational panel about how you determine which kinds of graphic novels and comics to purchase for your library. How do reader demographics impact collection development? Who is reading graphic novels and comics in the library? How does the advent of digital graphic novels and comics impact book selection and does the popularity of a digital books translate into the purchase of hard copies? These and other questions will be explored by Jack Baur from the Berkeley Public Library, Katie Monnin, PhD from the University of North Florida, Caitlin McGurk from the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and moderated by John Shableski.

The panel will be preceded by the presentation of the 2015 ALA Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant and Growth Grant. Learn how your library can apply for next year’s grants.

Cece Bell, Mariko Tamaki, and Jillian Tamaki: Award Winning Authors: Their Books, Process, and the Future

Cece Bell, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki as Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz honor-winning authors discuss these topics and the importance of graphic novels being recognized.

Sponsored by First Second Books

Daniel Corey: “Moriarty”

Working with Image Comics, the #1 independent comics publisher in the U.S. market, he will discuss his series’ to date and history managing brand identity. In today’s publishing market this content is essential.

Chris Harris: Teaching Through Games: A Play Based Approach to Learning In Libraries of All Types

Christopher Harris, gaming and learning expert and author of the Teaching Through Games (2015) series of professional books from Rosen Publishing, will share great tabletop games for starting a play-based learning program in your library. Support classroom instruction with curriculum-aligned games, deliver engaging public library game programs, and meet the learning needs of home school groups with these incredible board and card games for all ages. Take a break from the show and sit down for some interactive game play!

Christos Gage: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

A veteran TV and comic book writer, this New York Times best-selling writer of both Buffy and Angel & Faith, discusses the challenges and rewards of adapting properties into comic form. He also manages this while staying true to the characters and still allowing them to change and grow.

Sponsored by Dark Horse Comics

Westport Libraries Robotics: How Robotics Interact with People

Westport Library has developed programming for two Alderbaran NAO robots. Interest has been overwhelming with over 500 people trained in using the software. The session will demonstrate how the robots interact with people and how to program them.

Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki, Gene Luen Yang, Eva Volin, Charles Brownstein and Maren Williams: Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts On Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges

Comics and graphic novels are achieving more acclaim than ever, which is leading to an increase in demand as well as challenges. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund brings together perspectives on graphic novel censorship from authors Jillian and Mariko Tamaki and Gene Luen Yang, alongside expert observations from Eva Volin, Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda Free Library in California, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein, and more in a panel moderated by CBLDF Contributing Editor and reference librarian Maren Williams.

Mark Doyle, Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl, Tim Seely, Cameron Stewart and Tom King: DC Entertainment: Inside the Page: Bat-Universe

Join Batman Group Editor Mark Doyle with Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl, Tim Seely, Cameron Stewart and Tom King as they take you behind the scenes to the streets of Gotham for an exclusive look at how the Bat-Universe works.

Sponsored by DC Entertainment

Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen: Using Musical Activities to Build Early Literacy Skills

Join in hands-on activities from the Mother Goose on the Loose early literacy program, presented by its creator, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen. Experience interactive ways to play with bells and colored scarves that build school readiness skills at the same time as having fun. See how parents can talk, sing, read, write and play using the free Felt Board- Mother Goose on the Loose

Chris Schweizer, Gene Luen Yang, Tony Cliff, and Nathan Hale: Historical Fiction Graphic Novel Panel

The session features some of the genre’s most acclaimed storytellers including Chris Schweizer, Gene Luen Yang, Tony Cliff and Nathan Hale. They discuss the making of graphic novels taking place in specific historical eras, the creative and logistical challenges that those books present to the authors who write and draw them, and how those books can be used to give readers a greater understanding of history and the cultures depicted.

Joshua Hale Fialkov: The Bunker

As a Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award nominated writer of graphic novels, animation, video games, film and television, some of his works include “Elk’s Run”, “The Life After”, and “Afro Samurai”. He will focus this discussion on “The Bunker”, and though they’ve been warned against making the wrong choices…How do they know what the right ones are?

Sponsored by Oni Press

Raina Telegemeier, Dave Roman, Jenni Holm and Craig Thompson: Celebrating 10 Years of Graphix!

Graphic novel creators Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins), Raina Telegemeier (Smile, Sisters, Baby-sitters Club Graphix) and Dave Roman (Goosebumps Graphix) will take the stage to discuss their books, their art, and the 10th anniversary of the Scholastic Graphix imprint.

Sponsored by Scholastic

Lark Pien and Jenni Holm: Wearing Many Hats-The Roles We Play in Telling Stories

How is making a picture book different from making a graphic novel? And how is making a graphic novel different from making a young adult novel? Join Lark Pien and Jenni Holm in the discussion on authorship, audiences, and exploration of genres and formats in storytelling.

Nick Dragotta and Dr. Saul Griffith: Howtoons

HOWTOONS uses comics to show kids how to make projects that teach essential STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) concepts, all through play! Join creators Dr. Saul Griffith and artist Nick Dragotta as they talk about their experiences of using comics in the library and learn more about the award-winning book that teaches kids how to make things using everyday household goods, like origami robots, marshmallow shooters, stomp rockets, zoetropes, and more. Where science and art go hand-in-hand!

Sponsored by Image Comics


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920. सिस्टम फेल के पास बच्चें

सिस्टम फेल के पास बच्चें

कुछ साल पहले सरकारी स्कूलों में यह संदेश आया कि कोई बच्चा स्कूल जाए न जाए या स्कूल की परीक्षा में फेल होने पर भी उसे पास जरुर किया जाएगा और स्कूल में पिटाई पर रोक लगा दी गई. इसका सिर्फ एक ही मतलब था कि बच्चे ज्यादा से ज्यादा स्कूलों मे दाखिला लें. उन दिनों मैनें भी बहुत टीचरों से बात की और कुल मिला कर यही निचोड निकाला कि ये सही नही है अगर बिना स्कूल आए बच्चे पास होते रहेंगें तो एक तो पढाई मे दिलचस्पी नही रहेगी और दूसरा  आगे जाकर यानि बडी क्लासों में बहुत दिक्कत आएगी  क्योकिबचपन में  पढाई तो की नही थी और फिर वो सहारा लेंगें नकल का या फिर ऐसे लोगों को खोजेंगें जो पेपर लीक करते हो और पैसे देकर खरीदेंगें.

2009 में RTE एक्ट लागू होने के बाद शिक्षक बच्चों को फेल नही कर सकते


हुआ भी यही … आज हमारे सिस्टम में सबसे बडी समस्या ही नकल या पैसे देकर पेपर खरीदना तक ही सिमट कर रह गई है और बच्चों पर गुस्सा व्यक्त कर नही सकते तो बच्चे टीचर के सामने जुबान चलाने लगे हैं.

आज कुछ ऐसी ही मुसीबतो को गांव के लोगों ने तब महसूस किया जब लगातार दसवी और बारहवी के नतीजे खराब आए जा रहे थे  और मोर्चा खोल दिया कि हमारे बच्चे  जब स्कूल ही नही आते, पढते नही हैं तो पास  किसलिए करते हो…एक खबर के मुताबिक पूर्व शिक्षा मंत्री गीता भुक्कल ने भी माना  कि बच्चों को फेल न करने का प्रवाधान गलत था. इसी मजबूरी के चलते पाचंवी और आठवी क्लास के बोर्ड भी खत्म कर दिए थे.

अब केन्द्र को ये अनुरोध किया गया है कि फेल न करने के प्रावाधान पर संशोधन करें और 80% हाजिरी अनिवार्य कर दी जाए.

बेशक,  बच्चे का सुखद भविष्य देखना है तो यह करना ही पडेगा  बल्कि अगर टीचर पढाई के मामले मॆ सख्ती भी दिखाए तो गलत नही हां शारीरिक तौर पर नही पर डांट डपट कर भी बच्चे के मन में पढाई के प्रति जागरुकता लानी ही पडेगी अन्यथा  सख्ती न दिखाने की दशा में नकल और पेपर लीक जैसे धटनाए होती रहेगी और जो बच्चे वाकई में  पढने वाले हैं उन  बच्चों के जीवन से खिलवाड होता रहेगा.

सिस्टम फेल के पास बच्चे


Quality Education Should Not Remain a Distant Dream

Since the last decade, Annual Report on School Education has been presenting a realistic picture of government schools. But governments apparently are not worried as the system ensures inbuilt ‘unaccountability’. In Uttar Pradesh, 72,825 teacher vacancies should have been filled in 2011, but the system remained unconcerned for all these years. It’s only now, under repeated Supreme Court directions, that things have staring moving. There are over a million vacant posts of teachers in the country. Nowhere has been a single person removed or put in jail for such a shameful situation. Even the much-hyped implementation of the Right to Education Act (RTE) was ‘successful’ only on papers, nothing changed in functional terms in sarkari schools.

Over the years, even a cursory look at annual reports of education ministries of the Union and state governments would present a very encouraging scenario. More schools, rooms and teacher positions, significant improvement in enrolments, more children covered under mid-day meal scheme, more officers, more schemes, and much more. All this positivity evaporates once one visits a few government schools anywhere—cities, towns or villages. There is a rare uniformity in the school functioning across the states. Only one inference emerges: is it really impossible to mend these schools? Private schools referred to as ‘public schools’ are mushrooming, and everyone seems to love this phenomenon. To put their child in a public school is the dream of every parent in the country, including even the illiterate families. Only those short of resources or constrained by factors like location reluctantly look towards government schools. One must concede the existence of a small percentage of good government schools and committed teachers. Even this exceptional class suffers because of the overall loss of credibility. See more…

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921. Make it in Design Summer School 2015

Back by popular demand the Make it in Design Summer School is running again this July to fill their students summer with creativity, inspiration and fun. We are lucky enough today to view a selection of works by students from the 2014 course and if you fancy a go this year here are some more details.. Delivered on-line over four weeks from July 6 – 31, there are three tracks available (Beginner

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922. Friday Linky List - June 26, 2015

At Picture Book Builders: Building a Book — To the Printer We Go! Fascinating peek into the printing process!

At NPR: For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort

From BookRiot (via PW): An Ode to School Librarians

From Everyday Reading (via PW): 100 Picture Books to Read This Summer

At School Library Journal: In Enthralling Speech, A.S. King Explores Feminism | Day of Dialog

From PW: Bay Area Spotlight 2015: The Wild West of Kids' Books (including my publisher, Little Pickle Press)

From PW: Trangender titles for young readers

From the Scottish Book Trust: Five things: Ways to Keep Writing (through the pain)

From Bustle (via PW): 30 LGBTQIA-Positive Children’s Books That’ll Teach Kids How Beautifully Diverse The World Is

From The Guardian (via PW): Elli Willard's top 10 re-imagined fairytales

At Mental Floss: 10 Cases of Extreme Writer's Block

From The Guardian (via PW): The 10 Best independent bookshops in the world - readers recommend

From Fortune (via PW): Amazon's new way of paying authors makes sense, and here's why

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923. 48 days, day 14: stray thoughts collected

{{ I am chronicling 48 days of writing before my July 31 travel. If you are chronicling your summer writing/days and would like to share, please link or comment so we can all cheer one another through. Strength to your sword arm! }}

 Stray thoughts:

1. 1969 it is. I spent the day there yesterday, and I made some decisions about construction of Book 3 of the Sixties Trilogy. I'm going to try third person vignettes next week for several characters I have in mind.

2. Quote from Arthur C. Clarke: "I don't worry about periods of not doing anything; I know my subconscious is busy." Exactly. I had enough energy yesterday to update my manifesto for the Year of Exploration. I am three months in. I've done a lot more than it looks like from the outside. What COUNTS, when you are measuring your progress? That is one of my eternal questions.

3. This piece, "The Middle of Things:Advice for Young Writers" by Andrew Solomon in the NYer, is great. Good writing, which I am always looking for. I am tempted to quote great swaths of it but will content myself with one of the many lines that resonated: "Your work is not opposed to your life; you do not have to choose between them. It is only by living in the world that you acquire the ability to represent it" Do read it if you are struggling in the middle... of anything, including your writing.

4. I'm thinking about Leo Buscaglia these days and Love 1A. I can't find my old copy of LIVING, LOVING, AND LEARNING, so I ordered one from abebooks. And I see there is a whole lot of Leo on YouTube. I might give him a new listen and see what I think, with, oh, 20 years of experience living in the world since I last listened to dear Leo.

5. I'm thinking a whole lot about love lately... period.

6. And time. My essay "On Being a Late Bloomer" is here.

Happy Weekend, friends. Live in the world. Love one another. Bloom, bloom, bloom. xo Debbie

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924. Does everyone love the National Health Service? Uncovering history’s critics

The National Health Service (NHS) has never just been about the state’s provision of universal healthcare. Since 1948, it has been invested with a spectrum of ‘British values’, including decency, fairness, and respect. Featured in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and hailed in polls as the thing that makes people most proud of being British, the NHS enjoys widespread affection.

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925. Hope, women, the police panchayat, and the Mumbai slums

The Mumbai slums have recently achieved a weird kind of celebrity status. Whatever the considerable merits of the film Slum Dog Millionaire and the best-selling book by Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (now also a play and a film), these works have contributed to the making of a contemporary horror myth.

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