Halloweensie 2020

It is time for the 10th Halloweensie contest. Ten years, wow! I didn't know about it before joining Twitter, so I'm excited to both experience it and participate for the first time. The premise is write a Halloween themed story in 100 words or fewer and it has to be written for kids 12 and... Continue Reading →

Why is the Sugar Gone?

As the co-hosts of the Fall Writing Frenzy work so hard to read and judge all the fantastic entries, they've also shared some challenges and prompts. They're really going above and beyond to create and foster a community of writers.And the prize donors need lots of love and support too, so check them out!My original... Continue Reading →

King Jack and the Dragon

King Jack and the Dragon, written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, was published in 2011 and therefore qualifies for the tag "old" when it comes to picture books. A good rule of thumb if you're looking for books to gauge the current market is to make sure the books aren't older than... Continue Reading →

Beatrix Potter, Scientist

Here we have a new book, brand new and shiny, published in our own 2020. Written by Lindsay Metcalf and illustrated by Junyi Wu. What caught my readers-eye at first:The topicThe art Beatrix Potter has a bevy of well-loved characters: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and many more. But she had another passion aside... Continue Reading →

Fall Writing Frenzy: Thanksgiving Pie

Courtesy of Unsplash Thanksgiving and the biggest get-together of the year was tomorrow.Everyone was bringing a dish to share.Everyone but Claire. Nobody asked Claire to bring anything.But she wanted, she needed, she itched to make something.To bake something. It had to be a pie. Not apple or pecan or sweet potato, Those were yummy, but her... Continue Reading →

Similar Titles

Books may share themes, subjects, or similar protagonists with others, but they each bring something special to their story.Sometimes books will deal with not just the same themes or topic as another, but also the same plot points. In the last couple months I've run into a couple sets of books that have much in... Continue Reading →

Big Day on the River

For the love of books, old, is where we start. While 17 years old isn’t old for a person, or even a book, I’m going to use “old” to refer to books that are too old to be considered comp titles. So if it’s over five years old you’re not going to find it on... Continue Reading →

Reading Picture Books at Every Age

Picture books are primarily for children who are old enough to engage with stories but young enough to (usually) not read for themselves, but a good picture book can delight a reader of any age. That doesn't mean every person will love each book the same way, or even that they will all love the... Continue Reading →

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