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I shot out an email to a few blogger buddies of mine that are/have self pubbed or are being published with a small, independent publisher.
Thanks to everyone who took time to send some tips. Some of these ladies will also be coming back on Fridays to provide more insight.
Here's a Brewers blast from the past! I've been a fan my entire life, and I'm so excited to see them make it to the National League Championship Series. Hope they can win another pennant and advance to the World Series. The last time a Brewers team was this good, I was the same age as my daughter!
This picture was taken outside the park, I think. Apparently my parents forgot to take their camera along to the game!
At County Stadium a few years later, watching Robin Yount.
Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday (or Wordful) posts at 5 Minutes for Mom.
Loose sketches, scanned, combined, tightened:
Learning Magazine has selected Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein, as a 2012 9th annual Teacher’s Choice Award for Children’s Books winner!
The Teacher’s Choice Award is determined by a team of teachers from across the United States. They judge the entries and provide reviews. Sylvan Dell’s book, Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too! had the privilege of winning the Teacher’s Choice for the Family Award in November of 2011. This is the only award that requires its judges to be both a teacher and a parent. Winning titles are chosen based on qualities such as originality, creativity, safety and durability, and high-interest level and motivation for children.
In Fur and Feathers, a young girl named Sophia dreams that strong winds whisk the fur and feathers right off her animal friends. She decides to share some clothes with them, but as it turns out, her clothes don’t work so well on animals. She offers to sew each one the “right” coat, and the animals line up to explain what they need and why. Polar Bear needs white fur to stay warm and hide in the snow. Fish needs scales, but with slime. How will Sophia make a prickly coat for Porcupine? This book brings animal coverings to life in an imaginative way.
Janet Halfmann is the award-winning author of more than thirty children’s books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her other recent titles include Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Good Night, Little Sea Otter, Little Black Ant on Park Street, and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet is a memeber of the Society of Chidlren’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Before becoming a children’s author, she was a daily newspaper reporter, children’s magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. For more information, visit her website: http://www.janethalfmann.com
Laurie Allen Klein has been a freelance aritst for nearly 20 years. Over the last several years, she has worked as the on-staff artist for a marine park, where she does everything from painting life-size sea animal murals, to illustrating children’s activity books. In addition to Fur and Feathers, Laurie also illustrated Where Should Turtle Be?, the award-winning Little Skink’s Tail, and If a Dolphin Were a Fish for Sylvan Dell. Her website can be visited at http://www.lauriekleinart.com/.
I've been working on compiling the best digital citizenship curriculum links to support educators. I have a wiki of library pathfinders (resource guides) here. I'm also using Pinterest as a more graphic based collection of links. I've also been following folks on Scoop.it but haven't tried curating my own stream yet. Have you? Please let me know what you think of these alternate ways ofDisplay Comments Add a Comment
I don't want to overshadow Libby's post today (so I won't make this long) but I did a post on my blog that I think is important. I'll just post a little bit of it:
"Someone pointed out to me that in Mike Lupica's new book The Underdogs there was a bookmark advertising shoes his characters wear in the book placed in the middle of every book that was shipped to the bookstore to sell. The bookmark has a photograph of the shoe in all of the colors."
For the rest of the post go here and please tell me what you think of this!
I was reading at a blistering pace this summer.
Then there was a dead stop. I am not kidding, full stop. (I have discussed previously that my back is hurt and my son's whole illness that is causing me to have a lack of focus).
There have been a few books I finished, but for the last month I just haven't been able to finish anything.
For awhile I was five books ahead on my GoodReads goal widget. Now I am two books behind.
I can almost pinpoint the moment, though. I bought an iPhone. I LOVE it.
And at night I tend to play games on that (and my Nook Color) rather than read. Also, new TV started so that is always a problem.
I think I need to charge my phone and Nook in the bathroom rather than my nightstand so that I can't just roll over and grab it whenever I want.
Oh well. The books aren't going anywhere. Neither am I!
What pulls your focus away from your reading?
GeekChicDaily, the daily nerd news email, is launching an edition for New York, and also teaming with the Tokyopop brand for a special edition spotlighting Japanese culture trends and news.
The New York edition will cover the Big Apple’s lively offerings in geek culture, following localized versions for LA and a national edition. GeekChicDaily also added Microsoft’s Mich Mathews to its board of directors.
Teasings of the Tokyopop edition had excited fans to think they were returning to publishing, but the Tokyopop Facebook page quelled the rumors:
Loyal Fans, we’re very thrilled by your excitement but need to clarify: unfortunately we are not re-launching the manga – those properties have reverted to their owners and are amazingly difficult to get back. We’re launching an all new editorial TOKYOPOP newsletter about all things otaku and Asian pop-culture, powered by our friends at GeekChicDaily. We think you’ll really enjoy the news we’ll be bringing and apologize for the initial misunderstanding.
Following the explosive growth of the National and Los Angeles regional editions, GeekChicDaily, the leading pop culture, opt-in email newsletter and cross-platform content publisher, today announced its expansion into the New York market and the upcoming launch of special edition “TOKYOPOP Powered by GeekChicDaily.”Display Comments Add a Comment
With a focus on events and pop culture influencers in the NY Metro area, GeekChicDaily’s New York Edition will continue to deliver a daily dose of popular culture, from comics to video games, film, television, toys, collectibles and applications, alongside multi-platform media partner and nerdcore site, Nerdist. In addition to editorial coverage, the company will also co-host local events that help New Yorkers feed their inner geeks whether on the web or on the town. To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/rqP3hs. Official launch partners include Street Fighter® X Tekken®, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Toyota, and OtterPops.
“Servicing the biggest media market in the world has always been a top priority and following the overwhelming enthusiasm from our National edition and GeekChicLA audience, New York was an obvious next step,” said GeekChicDaily Co-Founder and CEO Peter Y. Levin.
GeekChicDaily has also partnered with TOKYOPOP, the major publisher that popularized manga in the West to produce a special edition powered by GeekChicDaily that will cover the hottest Asian pop culture news and trends. “TOKYOPOP Powered by GeekChicDaily” is an evolution of the original TOKYOPOP magazine a decade ago, which featured Asian Pop Culture lifestyle, including manga, anime, gaming, music, cos-play, gadgets, celebrities and more. The magazine and online companion reached over 100K + subscribers. While TOKYOPOP was forced to discontinue its North American manga publishing operations in Spring 2011 due to the declining book retail environment, “TOKYOPOP powered by GeekChicDaily” revives the TOKYOPOP brand in an exciting way, leveraging its substantial social media footprint to tie the Asian-infused content across multiple platforms.
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Me Books, a company that has teamed with Penguin to turn vintage Ladybird Books into an iPad app. OMG! This is beyond cute. I have a small collection of these books I keep on my desk. The man who contacted me said when they scanned the books, they kept dog-ear marks and everything. Delightful! Why I still don't have an iPad yet is beyond me, because I would have downloaded this app, like, ten minutes ago. More people need to do MORE stuff like this.
Last week I went to the the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour at Schuler's Books in Lansing, Michigan. It was awesome. This was the biggest signing I've ever been to. There were 7 YA authors!
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Melissa De La Cruz
It was so much fun. They gave away tons of goodies, one lucky winner even won an ARC of Jennifer Lyn Barnes' new book Every Other Day! (I was SO jealous, that book looks awesome.)
They answered a ton of questions, some serious, about writing, and some fun, like which character of theirs would they have had a crush on in high school. (Okay, that was my question.)
We also learned lots of info that we're not supposed to share online, such as release dates of upcoming books, and new projects. (Wait til you see the cover of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' next Raised By Wolves book, Taken By Storm!)
One of the coolest things was seeing so many people (there were over 100 there) with massive bags of books to be signed. I could barely carry mine! (And yes, I got some signed for a very special giveaway I'll be doing soon!)
I love seeing YA authors and hearing them talk about their work and their books, but what I love even more about signings is seeing old friends and making new ones. Writing is so solitary, even with the internet, it's always great to see people in the flesh who are doing what you're doing, and understand what it is to love YA. I was especially excited to see Carrie Ryan, who I had not seen since we were snowed in in Branson back in February (and who is made of awesome). I also had a great time getting to know Kristi (The Story Siren).
Below are some pics from the event. I didn't get a picture this time, but I wanted to give a shout out to the very awesome DJ DeSmyter whose first book HUNTED was published by Pendrell Press this summer, and who is still in high school!
Kari Dell writes about life in Montana.
She never fails to crack me up.
I only hope everyone out there on the ranch is laughing as hard as I am
I read several picture books from our library pile to my daughters last night. The first one I read I loved right off the bat and am now thinking of ordering it for our shelf. It was called Brontorina by James Howe; illustrated by Randy Cecil.
Why was it so good? The "voice" of the book was spot on and fun for me to read out loud. Merging dinosaurs and ballet is pure genius (both are favorite topics for the 4 year old set), the ending was a nice surprise, and the illustrations were beautifully done and integrated with the story quite well. The girls and I loved it!
My friends keep asking me, with big grins and voices dripping with irony, "So--how that's sabbatical going?"
It's true: I'm still really busy. But I KNEW I would be. In fact, I could have been planning a wedding in addition to all I'm doing now, and without my "sabbatical," I'd be homeschooling on top of everything else.
So it's actually been a pretty manageable fall.
And it's about to become even more doable in ten days, when soccer is over! Then we'll have 8 weeks before auditions for the winter show, when theater will replace soccer as our big activity. Except the time commitment is about half, and the running-around factor is exponentially decreased. (One place, three times vs. seven places, ten times.)
Even better--and for the last two weeks of soccer--I finally have another driver! B16 passed his road test last week, and now he can drive himself to guitar, voice, soccer, soccer coaching, and band practice...and help me out with the younger kids' activities as well.
That's going to help me a lot.
Meanwhile, I'm still home educating. The Bantams 16 & 12 are rockin' the virtual school--keeping up well and getting decent grades--but I'm the geometry tutor that B16 is going to need all year, I'm afraid. He doesn't need my help at all with English or Spanish, and only occasionally for history or physical science, but math has always been his downfall. Sigh. I liked geometry in high school--it was so much more interesting than algebra--but that doesn't mean I'm eager to re-learn it.
So far, so good with the two youngest in public school. They both have excellent teachers, and they're learning good stuff and are motivated to learn. I am pleased that they have hardly any homework, except reading aloud, so we have time for flashcards and me reading to them. I knew Chicklet would probably suffer as a third grader who didn't know her math facts, but whenever we worked on them last year, she just didn't retain them. This year, she has a test every Wednesday on her "fridge facts" for the week, so she's finally learning them. She's excelling in other areas, but like her big brother, math is her bugaboo. It's also her favorite subject, she says. Go figure.
B6 is doing just fine emotionally, now. He still tells me he misses me, but only occasionally. The only thing he asks about on a daily basis is whether it's a regular day or a short day. Every Wednesday, they get out one hour early, so he has to keep straight what day that is.
So I'm enjoying my sabbatical, being busy...but not as busy as I could be! I've even started adding cooking back in to my life. Not my favorite way to spend my time, but my family sure appreciates it. With soccer ending, and my new driver, I may even find time for true sabbatical activities.
I'm not even sure what those would be. The things I've always liked to do, I suppose. Reading, writing, maybe a decorating or organizing project. Spending more time with my husband. Reading more to the kids. Having friends over for dinner. No grand plan.
Just more of the good stuff.