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Category Archives: YOUNG WRITERS

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Introducing PIZZA AND TACO! Who’s the Best? Stephen Shaskan Knows…

It’s the age-old question: what’s for dinner? Pizza? Or Tacos? Tough decision! Pizza could have anything ON it, but then a taco could have anything IN it. Limitless possibilities! So who’s the best? Luckily, author-illustrator Stephen Shaskan has settled the debate with his newly released

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New Book OLD ROCK (is not boring) Breaks Rules and Rocks On!

I hope you’ve been taking advantage of all the free webinars available to kidlit writers and illustrators! One introduced me to OLD ROCK (is not boring) by Deb Pilutti—which I must share with you! Because…often I’ll hear that certain subjects aren’t kid-friendly enough for a

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Book Song Contest for Kids from 76ers Sixth Man & Way Past Books

by Hallee Adelman During quarantine, we’ve seen people connect and celebrate using song. Neighbors harmonize from their windows for front line workers. Friends croon from cars for drive-by birthdays. Families play “Name that Tune” via Zoom. It’s no wonder; singing happens to release stress. As

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MOOTILDA’s Storystorm Success Story by Kirsti Call (plus a giveaway)

by Kirsti Call All three of my upcoming books originated from Storystorm ideas. MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD, releasing September 1, was the result of a 2018 Storystorm brainstorming session with fellow author Corey Rosen Schwartz. Here a few of our notes: Mootilda: Overreacts to small disasters…refrain

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Sing Along with ZOMBIES DON’T EAT VEGGIES! (plus a giveaway)

Several months ago, during the STORYSTORM event, Annie Lynn was inspired to begin writing a song based on Megan and Jorge Lacera’s book, ZOMBIES DON’T EAT VEGGIES! Megan and Jorge loved this idea and knew that Annie was the perfect musician for this project. And

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PLAY LIKE AN ANIMAL! (and enter the giveaway)

by Maria Gianferrari Do you make time to play every day? I won’t lie and say that I do—sometimes life gets in the way, but I’m trying (and mostly failing) at making play a priority. PLAY LIKE AN ANIMAL was born from the realization and

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Twice a year I visit a juried art show with artisans of every type, from photography to pottery, woodworking to knitwear. Wandering the aisles of talented artisans and their wares boosts my own creativity. I always linger in one particular booth, that of a cut

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Bonaparte Plays Ball! Another Margery Cuyler Hit! (plus a giveaway)

If you’ve been in children’s publishing for any length of time, then you know Margery Cuyler. Margery served as an executive editor for decades, at Holiday House, Marshall Cavendish and finally Two Lions before recently retiring. But she’s also a very accomplished author in her