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1. Toon Thursday: Return of the Inner Critic

I suggest clicking to embiggen this one, since I had to reduce the size to fit the width of our center column.  This work is copyrighted material. All opinions are those of the writer, unless otherwise indicated. All book reviews are... Read the rest of this post

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2. Happy National Poetry Month 2016!

Hey, everyone, it's...You can grab that logo there, and find tons of cool ideas for celebrating poetry, on the Academy of American Poets website. Memorize a poem! Create your own anthology on Poets.org! Watch a poetry movie! Most of all (sez me),... Read the rest of this post

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3. 10 Years of Great Graphic Novels

Can you believe it's been TEN years since First Second Books began publishing high-quality graphic novels for kids, teens, and adults? It's incredible but true. And at Finding Wonderland we're proud to have done our part in supporting their efforts... Read the rest of this post

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4. Monday Inspiration: The Wise Natalie Goldberg

Photo taken by me, this past fall, at West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, near Sydney, Australia. Quotation is from the always inspirational book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, a must-have for your bookshelf of writing... Read the rest of this post

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5. Toon Thursday: LOOK IT'S A NEW CARTOON!

Hey kids! Are you writing a mystery or thriller but just can't seem to decide WHO, in fact, DUN IT? Well, fret no more, because Toon Thursday has a brand-new addition to the Writer's Toolkit JUST FOR YOU. Just spin the wheel, and you can blame it... Read the rest of this post

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6. Toon Thursday: The Writing Guru Returns!

I am seriously chuffed that I have managed two new cartoons in the past month. I hope this marks the beginning of a new Toon Thursday resurgence, and a bit of momentum to get my cartoon Tumblr going. This one's pretty silly. Here you go. This work... Read the rest of this post

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7. Pictures of Cool Typewriters

Since I still don't have a book review ready to post, I hereby shamelessly fill this space with writer porn, aka pictures of cool typewriters from the Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which I saw a few months ago. Here you go:A... Read the rest of this post

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8. Anticipation....

There's a very special day coming up, and I wanted to drum up a little buzz--I'm talking about New Year's Day, yes, but it also happens to be CYBILS SHORTLIST DAY, a red-letter day around the kidlitosphere. January 1st is when all 10 Cybils Award... Read the rest of this post

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9. To Another Year of Reading and Writing

From Writers on Writing, Volume II This work is copyrighted material. All opinions are those of the writer, unless otherwise indicated. All book reviews are UNSOLICITED, and no money has exchanged hands, unless otherwise indicated. Please contact... Read the rest of this post

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10. Congrats, Mr. Ambassador! Celebrating Gene Luen Yang

Photo courtesy of the author and First SecondFrom the press release: The Children’s Book Council (CBC), Every Child a Reader (ECAR), and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress (CFB) have announced the appointment of Gene Luen Yang,... Read the rest of this post

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11. January 27th is Multicultural Children's Book Day!

At Finding Wonderland, we have always been committed to reviewing a wide range of diverse and multicultural books, which is why we're very excited to see that this year the folks at Multicultural Children's Book Day are making a supreme effort to... Read the rest of this post

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12. Toon Thursday Redux: Writerly Daydreams

During this early part of the year, there have been a lot of conversations about writing goals, and what we all plan to accomplish by hook or by crook (or, in some cases, by copious amounts of caffeine and/or wine). Often, though, despite our best... Read the rest of this post

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13. Happy Blogiversary Indeed!

It's been eleven years of blogging for Tanita and me. Can you believe it? I went diving into our archives and found a few fun tidbits from our blogging past, in honor of our Feb. 24th blogversaryThree years in, I posted a cartoon of THE TWO OF US in... Read the rest of this post

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14. Randomly, on a Thursday, She Caught Up. Sort of.

I am about a week and a half overdue in posting this, but better late than never: DID YOU KNOW TANITA'S NEW BOOK IS OUT? WOO HOO! Released on Feb. 9, it's about being a foster sister and finding a family in today's complex social and racial... Read the rest of this post

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15. Gallimaufry Thursday

1. I did a few more behind-the-scenes updates to Chasing Ray, which is where I got the idea for this post structure. Now you get to read about Stuff I Done Did, in no particular order, for no particular reason. Whee!2. I just finished reading an ARC... Read the rest of this post

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16. Gone Reading... And Stuff

Greetings from Portland, where I've not so much gone reading (as implied by the photo of this nifty bag I got at ALA) as gone learning Welsh (which, if you know me at all, is in fact quite normal for me). That's the reason for my silence, and Tanita... Read the rest of this post

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17. Walden Award Winner Announced for 2015--Yay, A.S.!

I was thrilled (as many of you no doubt were as well) to see that A.S. King's latest Glory O'Brien's History of the Future was announced as this year's winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. There were some pretty amazing finalists, too:... Read the rest of this post

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18. 2 More Days to Be a KidLitCon Early Bird

Have you registered yet for KidLitCon 2015 in Baltimore? With sessions October 9th and 10th and a fantastic tour of the area on October 11th, you won't want to miss it! (Sadly, I won't be there because I'll be at the Great Valley Bookfest, but I... Read the rest of this post

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19. Cybils Call for Judges AND Poetry Contest for NorCal Peeps!

It's that time of year again--and while some of us are trying to ignore this godawful heat wave (it's supposed to be 105 here today) there are indeed some welcome distractions out there, like the fact that it's also CYBILS TIME!! The 2015 call for... Read the rest of this post

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20. A Little Bittersweet

With excitement and more than a little sadness, the last Sir Terry Pratchett novel--featuring my favorite character arc with Tiffany Aching--has joined my TBR pile, loaned by a friend who said he cried during the very first scene. I predict some... Read the rest of this post

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21. My Semicolon Soul Mate

Sorry for the long radio silence. But I promise I will make it worth your while with PICTURES! The hubs and I were in Washington, DC for about 10 days and got back on Saturday night, and of course the trip was a whirlwind of food, fun, and lots and... Read the rest of this post

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22. Cybils Nominations, and Are Banned Books Passé?

Are yooouuuuuu ready to NOMINATE? ...for the Cybils Awards? Nominations are officially open to the public (that means YOU, readers) for ten categories of children's and young adult books. You have between Oct. 1-15 to nominate your favorite book in... Read the rest of this post

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23. Oz Books (and not the L. Frank Baum kind)

This post comes from the Land Down Under...which is why I've been absent. Too little time, slow hotel Internet, yadda yadda. But! Besides the amazing scenery, cool visit with half-sis and family, and incredible food, I happened upon this in the... Read the rest of this post

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24. A Turkey Everyone Can Love

Vegetarian or vegan, kosher or carnivore, this is one turkey we can all get behind, especially book lovers and paper fetishists such as myself. Thanks to Reading With Scissors for this one:Happy Thanksgiving, all! See you next week. In the meantime,... Read the rest of this post

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25. Happy Monday, Guerrilla Girls Style

I don't have a new review for you yet, but I do have this photo that I took while in Australia, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney. Enjoy your wry yet biting art-world commentary:For more great stuff by the Guerrilla Girls, check out... Read the rest of this post

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