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Becky Collins13,341Active Writers and Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-18 06:16:19462106CC G+
John Nuntiatio37,602#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health2014-06-04 06:47:14389546CC G+
Richard Heby748Hey Poetry People, It's A Circle About Poetry, People!Hi all! This is a circle of poets, poetry readers, poetry lovers, and sharers of poetry! I've included haiku writers, sonnet sharers, assonance aficionados, kings of rhyme, and more! You'll find some interesting posts about poetry if you add this circle! Add this circle if you've loved poetry forever, or if you want to learn more!If you want to be included in this circle or later circles then just follow these 5 simple steps:1. Give this post a plus one!2. Comment on this post, saying something you like about poetry3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. ...and most importantly— reshare this circle to your followers or to the public!2014-02-09 22:22:112038411CC G+
J.J. Truth Warrior308Poets#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:13:12221003CC G+
CK Wylde1,228A Circle Share Of Crazy People - Also Known As WritersI've not really shared circles before but every time +Brian Buckley does it I end up with fantastic new people in my feed.  So I thought I would share my writer's circle with you all. In it you will find  a bunch of G+ Writers and people who have to do with writers (publishers for instance).  WarningI tried this a little earlier and had a couple of people say they couldn't see the people in the circle. If you can't please let me know, I'm trying to figure out why that might be happening. Also, if you happen to know why that happens I am all ears.If you want to be included in this circle, also plese let me know.  #writers   #circleshare   #circles  2013-11-18 20:32:284401519CC G+
Bearman Cartoons46,344Active Cartoonists on G+I realized that when +CircleCount used an old circle share of cartoon folks on G+ that many were no longer active (and a few were into cartoons but not cartoonists)So here is the updated circle.  You will find some good people in here.  If you are following me and should be in this circle, let me know.Thx2013-07-18 16:43:143136511CC G+
CircleCount46,905*The Cream of the Crop of January 2013What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hundreds of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:December 2012: http://goo.gl/bPL5KNovember 2012: http://goo.gl/LSQjcOctober 2012: http://goo.gl/ohdceSeptember 2012: http://goo.gl/ie3VNAugust 2012: http://goo.gl/5vUUPJuly 2012: http://goo.gl/oAemEJune 2012: http://goo.gl/YZt1yMay 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92013-02-10 20:33:32261381443CC G+
Gary McLaren697For #followfriday   I'm sharing a circle of key people I recommend and follow on Google Plus who provide great advice on #indiepublishing   #epublishing  and #bookmarketing  . The majority are very active here (with only a few included who are not yet as active on Google Plus as they are elsewhere).  My intention is to keep this as a relatively small circle of industry experts who provide a steady stream of on-topic material. Enjoy! #writing   #amwriting   #publishing   #pubtip  2013-02-01 21:20:022919315CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #5 of 11 or was it #4 Crap.Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:35:21143000CC G+
Ian Herndon8,223Shared Circle Time! - G+ Community Moderators (4 of x)Re-Share to help moderators easily connect with one another!Now that Google has launched Communities there has been a ton of activity by people to create communities relating to their interests, join ones created by others, and meet other creators in an effort to learn more and more new ways to build and contribute to G+ Communities. +Community Moderators is an example of a page/community dedicated specifically to having a single place where all moderators can join in discussion around just that.I have been hard at work creating Circles that consist of Community Moderators and Owners only. My hope is to be able to help others expand their network of friends to also include like minded people dabbling in the Community space too. In the near future I intend to eventually group these moderator circles into smaller more targeted ones tailored to specific interests. So with that said, here's our circles!G+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (1 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/ETe6deLAMq2G+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (2 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/7i2DXeQpknnG+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (3 of x) - 12/31/2012https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/j1rsi9YGGVgG+ Community Moderators & Owners Circle (4 of x) - 1/12/2013https://plus.google.com/u/0/110099838681495349209/posts/VFUjZcifXPQ#Community   #Moderators   #Owners   #Communities   #Circle   #SharedCircles   #CircleShare2013-01-12 15:28:345005210CC G+
Jennifer Williams15,452Happy All Hallow's Eve AND #nanowrimo  Eve! Here's the Geeky-Sexy circle of NaNo'ers - a tribe of writers focused on science, science fiction and fantasy. Want to be added? Just leave a comment. I'll share again tomorrow with additions. 2012-11-01 02:00:4686505CC G+
M Monica0Circle of Writers (NaNoWriMo) and those who enjoy writing on Plus. Add these folks if you also enjoy writing, or working online. If you want to be included, add your name in the comments, and reshare. I'd like to bring this circle back up to its original size, 500 people. I lost some folks about 6 months ago.  #SharedCircles   +Shared Circles on G+ +Best Shared Circle +Shared Pages Circles +Shared Circles of Google+ Pages  #NaNoWriMo  2012-10-20 14:13:462631626CC G+
Anna Mannino2,231Whether you have told me you write, or you participated in #NaNoWriMo last year, this is my circle of writers. Strangely only 500 people can be shared at a time, so this is only most of you.If you'd like to be in my writers circle, let me know. I mostly post around and about NaNoWriMo stuff. I try to also do a lot of hangouts to help those who need the support of a local meetup but can't make their local meetups for whatever reason, or just prefer talking to strangers on the internet as opposed to strangers in a coffee house. (Whatever, I don't judge).2012-10-02 04:30:31501501CC G+
Paul Stickland11,388A Children's Book CircleFor those of us in the Children's Book World, or for those of us who love all things Children's Book here is my Children's Book Circle.If you would like to be included or know anyone who should be, please do comment below.Welcome to +Emma Chichester Clark  and +Sally Grindley, both fine exponents of this most important art!#childrensbooks #art   #illustrators   #illustration #authors2012-09-25 11:59:126415010CC G+
Don Sturgill57This Writer's Circle probably needs to be edited, but it's a start. Do you have a list of favorite writers on Google+ to share? Please do.2012-08-27 20:46:3870000CC G+
Shamil Weerakoon10,108THE GOOGLE PLUS "F1" DIRECTORY680 Posts - 151 ContributorsThe Google+ "F1" Directory is a collection of posts published by G+ users on the network itself. These posts are more into the categories such as #googleplustips , #googleplustutorials , #googleplushelp , etc. The list is made up on a SpreadSheet; powered by Google Docs.The directory can be accessed using two TABS categorized by the TITLE of the post, and by the AUTHOR of the Post.Links you can Access the Directory :           HTML VIEW : http://goo.gl/3YyFv           PDF VIEW : http://goo.gl/C9dPZ           GOOGLE SPREADSHEET : http://goo.gl/hkM5d This CIRCLE consists of both people and pages that have contributed to the directory at-least by ONE post. They are WORTH-CIRCLING, as they could help any user with most of the issues, guidelines, and many more.A very special THANKS to all of these who have made the directory a beautiful one.2012-08-10 14:25:31151405351CC G+
Bearman Cartoons17,084This is my Cartoonist/Webcomic Circle.  Tons of talented folks.  Some very active on G+...some I wish more  Check them out and add some to your daily reads.2012-08-03 02:09:014575213CC G+
John Ward4,478This is my shared circle for people who enjoy reading comics. If you'd like to join, add the circle yourself and leave a comment on this post. I'll respond back to you individually when I have added you to the group.2012-05-20 18:13:4988205CC G+
Diego Green506Creatives CircleFirst circle I've ever shared. You will never find a more wretched awesome hive of artist-types and wordsmiths. You must be cautious.2012-01-12 19:34:42160203CC G+
Mike Elgan339,488Flying Circle: Hangout innovators!The Flying Circle is my shiny new weekly hangout featuring some of the most interesting, brilliant and talented people on Google+. It's live every Thursday at 9am Pacific in the US (17:00 GMT). In the first episode, I invited the most innovative users of Google+ hangouts I could find. (Nearly all of them suggested by G+ users who circle me.) The complete list is in this shared circle. To circle all of them, which I highly recommend, please click "Add circle" below. And please share this post with all YOUR circles. Only a small number of these hangout innovators were able to join for the live hangout. However, they're all great people to circle -- especially if you're interesting in learning what's possible with hangouts. Unfortunately, due to user error (I screwed up), I didn't set up my YouTube account to accept videos longer than 15 minutes, so it's likely that the recording of this amazing hangout was lost. Google is working on it, but from what I've since learned such loss was common for early users of Hangouts On Air, and to date none has yet been recovered. Here are links that refer to resources mentioned during the hangout: http://www.datamation.com/networks/why-googles-hangouts-is-a-whole-new-medium-1.htmlhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/102898672602346817738/posts/JVSaXV8nEEihttps://plus.google.com/u/0/116601386475273901307/posts/gfLGBj2ZEy7https://plus.google.com/u/0/104672614700283598130/posts/1ULqLb7GnMshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/104328553869453938019/posts/8BNmXCuyNq2Collapse this post2012-01-06 16:07:1835242833CC G+
Paul Stickland1,563Greetings to all you Children's Book lovers, authors, illustrators, editors, designers, publishers, librarians and booksellers!It's time to share the new all singing and dancing Children's Book Circle!As ever, a compendium of the best in Children's Books here on google plus!If you would like to be added, please leave a comment below and I will pop you in!It's been an interesting year for children's books, so here's looking forward to an amazing 2012!2011-12-30 15:18:381221703CC G+
Bud Hoffman1,604Want good content?Here are some folks that just might interest you!Did I also mention +Cory Conley is included in this circle?+Shared Circles on G+2011-12-26 04:47:57138723CC G+
Tetsuya Kitahata9,540Japan Lovers CircleCurrent total members: 720 (+Japan++ has over 1400) #SharedCircles #Lovers #Free #Ticket #To #Japan #Re-share #+1 #Recommended #Japanese (Updated: 14:25:00 11th December 2011 (UTC+0900))+Tetsuya Kitahata writes:I have created a circle in Google Plus, named "Japan Lovers (Japanophilia)" in order to detect who are real Japan Lovers and I might think that I could recommend to the Government of Japan to free-ticket to Japan (Planned in 2012). Please +1 to this post or leave a note as a comment. Thank you in advance. -- THIS IS A POWERFUL CHALLENGE!! (Please make sure that you are keeping @Tetsuya Kitahata on your circle(s) , in order to be here.)cf. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/10/10000-free-round-trip-tickets-to-japan/# OF COURSE, People who live in Japan, genuine Japanese people would be appreciative, as well.# RE-SHARING, +1, AND REPORTING TO ME WOULD BE ALSO RECOMMENDED!! GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS WILL LET YOU GET THE FREE-TICKET MORE EASIER!! This is So Called "Google Way" !!Aye? then Press +1 or leave comments or re-share this. TIA. Please show me your passions towards "Japan"!By the way, I received a simple question. "I do not want me to be categorized in this circle, but I know that I can help +Tetsuya Kitahata because I have so much followers who really want to dive into this circle. What should I do?" -- +Tetsuya Kitahata 's answer: "The best way" would be -- "Re-Share this post and Leave a comment 'I am not in this category but I am supportive, so re-shared!" This comment can be soon detected. From Japan With Love. - +Tetsuya Kitahata ----P.S.I need your help (re-sharing this post would be the best), If we can gather much more than 5,000 - I think that more people can be invited by the Government of Japan. Thank you in advance. Yours!!Whether you are listed or not listed, I recommend you ALL (Japan Lovers) to press "+1" plus re-sharing. This (action) improves relationships with me (Tetsuya) immediately and finally eases you to go (come) to Japan. It's so called "Google Way". :) --- ah, if you want to improve the score severely, please "invite" kitahata@gmail.com to Google+ . Try it! It's Google+!Also, can you expect the recommendations from "Unfollowing" person? -- so, recommend you ALL (Japan Lovers) to add me (= Tetsuya) into your circle, Ah, TRIPLE Combo (+1, Re-Sharing and Commenting) would be perfect, needless to say :) -- and importing the list would be also highly recommendable because this has full of Japan Lovers -- tendencies, hobbies etc. would be similar as a matter of course!c.f.Tetsuya's Circle Lists (Shortcuts Created) : http://wik.jp/circles+Tetsuya Kitahata writes:Japan Lovers: http://wik.jp/japanEnka Lovers: http://wik.jp/enkaJPOP Lovers: http://wik.jp/j-popAnime Lovers: http://wik.jp/animeManga Lovers: 2011-12-11 05:27:35500235CC G+
Brian Spencer St. John20Here is my shared Artists & Illustrators CircleBe assured, I’ve combed through this Circle#artists #illustrators #circle2011-12-10 19:04:44224412CC G+
Charles Dowd (CDowd)3,062Support Independant Comic CreatorsA circle of indie creators including Cheese Circle Curator and writer +Dale Lazarov among others.2011-12-02 00:47:28474361112CC G+
Richard Cosgrove214Films & TV shared circleI've added people to this shared circle from +Cherie Lawrence's and +Douglas Brown's filmmaker shared circles, and removed profiles that have been silent for the past 2 months.If you'd like adding, or removing, please leave a comment.2011-11-10 00:35:18239102CC G+
Hermano Geoff3,394Authors and Writers Who Brighten My Day For Circle Share Sunday you'll love your stream by circling these great word-painters.2011-11-06 17:47:13166212CC G+
matthew rappaport14,140ARTISTS OF G+You want ART?! Here's a MEGA mix of all kinds of art, artists and creative+ Art, Photography, Cartoons, Music, Comics, Movies, TV, Web Content, Youtube, Comedy & more!!! #art #photography #artists[I haven't nailed found everyone who has done some kind of art but definitely feel free to say hi in the comments and let me know your PASSION!]2011-11-04 10:57:15312191020CC G+
Elizah Kirt36I think this is the largest NaNoWriMo circle I have seen!2011-11-01 21:11:40501613CC G+
Anna Mannino (GoNoAMMo)213This is my current count of the NaNoWriMo challengers this year. I know there are more of you!Remember, there will be an ongoing Google+ hangout the entire month, as well as live streaming, you can pop in and out as needed and get a support group for your Novel no matter what you're writing about!Let me know if you would like to be added in. ^_^Anna Mannino shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 20:54:004541843CC G+
Alan Lodge0Hi G+been working on a writers circle for a while not all pro writers buy any means, some have added to the #writersblock project. If you have any interest in writing pro or other wise would like to add you to this circle, check it out.Battlesbridge Mill shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 16:19:58231732CC G+
Hermano Geoff2,851Circle Share Sunday - The Write StuffIf you love words and written art these "Active Writers and Authors" will inspire, engage, and make your writing better!Hermano Geoff shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 15:04:401651063CC G+
0In case your looking to amp up your G+ feed with some writers/interesting people, Dig through here and find some, Or Add them all!Trevor Jones shared a circle with you.2011-10-29 17:11:5343000CC G+
Tetsuya Kitahata4,857Otaku United(Ouch!)As Of 2011/Oct/29 04:34:30 (GMT+0900)Tetsuya Kitahata shared a circle with you.2011-10-28 19:34:473481747CC G+
Tetsuya Kitahata4,780Manga LoversAs Of 2011/Oct/27 10:00:00 (JST)Aye? then Press +1 or leave comments or re-share this. TIA. Please show me your passions towards the "Manga"!By the way, I received a simple question. "I do not want me to be categorized in this circle, but I know that I can help +Tetsuya Kitahata because I have so much followers who really want to dive into this circle. What should I do?" -- +Tetsuya Kitahata 's answer: "The best way" would be -- "Re-Share this post and Leave a comment 'I am not in this category but I am supportive, so re-shared!" This comment can be soon detected.== Re-share highly recommended, +1 as well ==P.S. Japan Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/LvvFTWZyHs6 Manga Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/Ac6gYfWtmGK Video Game Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/T1ts2ntXJry J-POP Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/gqAKeUUv8vV Enka Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/514sng7gk47 Anime Lovers Circlehttps://plus.google.com/115625564993990145546/posts/E4kPRvrgHEoTetsuya Kitahata shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 01:04:2626527642CC G+
Matthew Graybosch58This is my writers circle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.Matthew Graybosch shared a circle with you.2011-10-25 19:14:4577401CC G+
Kimberly Froiland0I am really starting to love google+. This is one of my crazy-big NaNoWriMo circles. If I have included you in this fantastic group and you don't want to be here, please let me know so I can move you to a more appropriate circle.Kimberly Froiland shared a circle with you.2011-10-24 14:30:535001514CC G+
Mike Manz0Here is my current NaNoWriMo circle. Re-share and spread the love.Mike Manz shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 09:02:51454902CC G+
Charles Dowd (CDowd)2,117Indie comic/webcomic creators. Support indie talent!Charles Dowd shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 17:37:004788513CC G+
Charles Dowd (CDowd)2,117I follow lots of writers. Both indie and pro.Charles Dowd shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 17:35:43277613CC G+
Jon Evans104a circle of artistJon Evans shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 02:05:08501443CC G+
Kris Courtney2,408A great collection of talent - Bless you ...Kris Courtney shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 16:40:43475001CC G+
Douglas Brown404Sharing my filmmakers and film circle.Douglas Brown shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 12:26:031721233CC G+
Brittany Constable0Here, have some WriMos! My word, this circle has gotten big beyond all sense. Protip: Having trouble coping with being circled by mass amounts of people? Create a Pending circle and sort through them at your leisure! Thanks to +Kathie Leung for the advice.Brittany Constable shared a circle with you.2011-10-18 17:01:424391001CC G+
Brandon McLeod45My writers circle.Brandon McLeod shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 23:16:1581100CC G+
Elizabeth Marcellin21Writers and Authors from all around the worldElizabeth Marcellin shared a circle with you.2011-10-12 13:45:54500204CC G+
Matthew Graybosch58This is my writers circle. You'll find a few published authors here, but I think most of the people here are like myself: unpublished, but working on it.Matthew Graybosch shared a circle with you.2011-10-05 15:19:14531001CC G+
John K2,644People who like comics or are involved in making them!John Kolsun shared a circle with you.2011-10-04 01:43:282086310CC G+
John K2,644People who like geek (interesting) things like movies, comics, video games, ect.John Kolsun shared a circle with you.2011-10-04 01:43:062501616CC G+
Brooke Johnson75Here's my compilation of writers on Google+, though it's probably not complete!Brooke Johnson shared a circle with you.2011-10-02 01:03:21128000CC G+

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2014-08-22 18:21:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Remembering Ray Bradbury, who would have been 94 today. Here's a song I wrote that was based on one of my favourite of his short stories, "The Rocket Man":

http://debbieohi.com/urban-tapestry/2012/3/29/homecoming-lyrics-based-on-a-ray-bradbury-short-story.html

Remembering Ray Bradbury, who would have been 94 today. Here's a song I wrote that was based on one of my favourite of his short stories, "The Rocket Man":

http://debbieohi.com/urban-tapestry/2012/3/29/homecoming-lyrics-based-on-a-ray-bradbury-short-story.html___

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2014-08-20 15:46:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I LOVE this potato puppet that librarian Katie Allen made with the help of others at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs, AR. She says the kids love I'm Bored (picture book written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by  yours truly) so much that they made the puppet for use during outreach visits and in-house programming. Apparently they love to read the part of the potato "in a grumpy Jersey accent." THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.

I LOVE this potato puppet that librarian Katie Allen made with the help of others at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs, AR. She says the kids love I'm Bored (picture book written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by  yours truly) so much that they made the puppet for use during outreach visits and in-house programming. Apparently they love to read the part of the potato "in a grumpy Jersey accent." THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.___

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2014-08-19 12:58:23 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

A new +Will Write For Chocolate (yes, finally). 

A disadvantage (and advantage) of e-books. http://inkygirl.com/wwfc/2014/8/19/a-disadvantage-and-advantage-of-e-book-readers.html___A new +Will Write For Chocolate (yes, finally). 

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2014-08-17 13:14:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I've been reading a ton lately but have been falling behind in my #BookADay posts (also trying to spend somewhat less time online, as I mentioned before). But I had to rave about Kenneth Oppel's THE BOUNDLESS (Simon & Schuster BFYR). Such a great read! I stayed up waaaay too late with Will Everett and his adventures. Plus after finishing the book, I was compelled to find out more about Canadian railway history. Highly recommended.

(I didn't find out until after I bought the book that Justin Chanda was the editor.(!))

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"Will Everett has always wished for an adventure.

Little does he know his started the moment he boarded The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an... more »

I've been reading a ton lately but have been falling behind in my #BookADay posts (also trying to spend somewhat less time online, as I mentioned before). But I had to rave about Kenneth Oppel's THE BOUNDLESS (Simon & Schuster BFYR). Such a great read! I stayed up waaaay too late with Will Everett and his adventures. Plus after finishing the book, I was compelled to find out more about Canadian railway history. Highly recommended.

(I didn't find out until after I bought the book that Justin Chanda was the editor.(!))

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Synopsis:

"Will Everett has always wished for an adventure.

Little does he know his started the moment he boarded The Boundless. The longest, most glamorous locomotive in the world, it stretches more than eleven kilometres long and pulls an astounding 987 cars: passenger cars, shooting galleries, gardens, an onboard swimming pool, cinema and much more. But its maiden voyage won't be a smooth ride for Will. After witnessing a murder during a station stop, he barely makes it back onto the train (with a running leap!), then must work his way from the caboose forward to his father in first class - with the murderer and his cronies on his tail. Luckily, a clever and nimble friend is perfecting her act in The Boundless's circus car, and there the real thrill ride begins. Sasquatches, bog-dwelling hags and illusions abound in this outsized adventure aboard the Titanic of trains!"
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More about the book:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/Boundless/Kenneth-Oppel/9781442472884

More about Kenneth Oppel:
http://www.kennethoppel.ca/

The gorgeous cover illustration and chapter heading art was done by Jim Tierney.

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-08-16 18:43:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Learn how to say "I'm bored" in 23 other languages (including Klingon!) plus find out how picture books get translated into other languages: http://debbieohi.com/bored-translate

Learn how to say "I'm bored" in 23 other languages (including Klingon!) plus find out how picture books get translated into other languages: http://debbieohi.com/bored-translate___

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2014-08-15 00:07:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

As some of you already know, I've been raising Sea-Monkeys as part of my research for illustrating SEA-MONKEY AND BOB by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2015) and blogging updates at http://debbieohi.com/book-seamonkey-blog/

Well, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. I went upstairs this afternoon to find an empty aquarium and a note (see photo). My Sea-Monkeys have left me for greener pastures (bluer waters?). Ah, how I will miss my wee watery denizens: Micky, Peter, Nyarlathotep, Alan, Mary Margaret, Bilbo, Sojourner, Boris, Pochyk, Pippa, Sea Monkey Killing Unit #1, Tarquin, Brunhilda, Delphine, Monkey Doo, Brooke and Russell.

I do admit to a brief moment of suspicion that SMKU#1 forged the letter to cover up a heinous crime ... but then I remembered his poor penmanship. He could never have written this note.

Anyway, it looks as if my friend... more »

As some of you already know, I've been raising Sea-Monkeys as part of my research for illustrating SEA-MONKEY AND BOB by Aaron Reynolds (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2015) and blogging updates at http://debbieohi.com/book-seamonkey-blog/

Well, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. I went upstairs this afternoon to find an empty aquarium and a note (see photo). My Sea-Monkeys have left me for greener pastures (bluer waters?). Ah, how I will miss my wee watery denizens: Micky, Peter, Nyarlathotep, Alan, Mary Margaret, Bilbo, Sojourner, Boris, Pochyk, Pippa, Sea Monkey Killing Unit #1, Tarquin, Brunhilda, Delphine, Monkey Doo, Brooke and Russell.

I do admit to a brief moment of suspicion that SMKU#1 forged the letter to cover up a heinous crime ... but then I remembered his poor penmanship. He could never have written this note.

Anyway, it looks as if my friend Annie Walker is off the hook -- she had originally promised to bake a cake for every Sea-Monkey who survived a full year. But now that they've fled, I have no way of knowing. I'd like to think my tiny briny friends will find their way to lovely temperate waters where they will frolic in crowns and sing Sea-Monkey songs as they wave their miniature tridents in time to the beat.___

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2014-08-13 19:31:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

One of my favourite Justin Chanda quotes from the SCBWI Summer Conference : "You cannot write to trends. The moment your keyboard becomes the vessel of a popular trend is the precise moment you lose your unique voice. And your unique voice is biggest capital you have in this business."

See the SCBWI Conference Blog for other great takeaways from Justin's talks: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/search/label/justin%20chanda and others: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/

One of my favourite Justin Chanda quotes from the SCBWI Summer Conference : "You cannot write to trends. The moment your keyboard becomes the vessel of a popular trend is the precise moment you lose your unique voice. And your unique voice is biggest capital you have in this business."

See the SCBWI Conference Blog for other great takeaways from Justin's talks: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/search/label/justin%20chanda and others: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/___

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2014-08-12 16:53:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Happy birthday to Naked! and I'm Bored author Michael Ian Black today! 

Notes re: illustration: The Flamingo and Potato are from I'M BORED. The illustration of Michael is what he chose to go with his author bio on the jacket flap of NAKED! I gave him about half a dozen choices of author portraits; he chose the only one where he wasn't wearing anything, of course. :-)

Happy birthday to Naked! and I'm Bored author Michael Ian Black today! 

Notes re: illustration: The Flamingo and Potato are from I'M BORED. The illustration of Michael is what he chose to go with his author bio on the jacket flap of NAKED! I gave him about half a dozen choices of author portraits; he chose the only one where he wasn't wearing anything, of course. :-)___

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2014-08-11 20:44:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)

A great quote from Judy Blume at the SCBWI Summer Conference earlier this month, for children's/YA book writers & illustrators: "Do not let anyone discourage you. if they try: get determined, not depressed."

A great quote from Judy Blume at the SCBWI Summer Conference earlier this month, for children's/YA book writers & illustrators: "Do not let anyone discourage you. if they try: get determined, not depressed."___

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2014-08-10 01:15:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

#BookADay: TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). So enjoyed this book -- I must check out other books that the author has written. Loved how she showed the developing relationships, especially between Lara Jean and her sisters. Loved how the main character's Korean background manifested itself through little authentic details throughout. Loved the subtle handling of the background involving the mom's death. I also found the naïve and sometimes awkward main character a refreshing change from the somewhat cynical and "always ready with a witty comeback"-type of teen character common in YA (I was much more like the former than the latter as a teen).

My favorite parts of the book, though, were all about the family relationships. Many emotional truths, and conveyed SO well. I was excited to hear that there's... more »

#BookADay: TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). So enjoyed this book -- I must check out other books that the author has written. Loved how she showed the developing relationships, especially between Lara Jean and her sisters. Loved how the main character's Korean background manifested itself through little authentic details throughout. Loved the subtle handling of the background involving the mom's death. I also found the naïve and sometimes awkward main character a refreshing change from the somewhat cynical and "always ready with a witty comeback"-type of teen character common in YA (I was much more like the former than the latter as a teen).

My favorite parts of the book, though, were all about the family relationships. Many emotional truths, and conveyed SO well. I was excited to hear that there's going to be a sequel coming out in 2015: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20698530-p-s-i-still-love-you

More info about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/To-All-the-Boys-Ive-Loved-Before/Jenny-Han/9781442426702

More info about Jenny Han, her teen books and books for younger ages: http://www.dearjennyhan.com/

Jenny on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennyHan

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-08-09 23:14:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Totally loving WILD THINGS! Acts Of Mischief In Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, +Julie Danielson  & Peter D. Sieruta so far. To those looking for a birthday or holiday gift for a children's lit lover: BUY THIS. Sooooo many fascinating (and sometimes deliciously shocking) anecdotes and factoids about books and book creators. 

An aside: Was startled but delighted to come across a nice mention of I'm Bored, Michael Ian Black and me partway through. Yay!

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780763651503

Some blurbs and blurb excerpts:

"From murder, betrayal, and sex to the fate of Robert McCloskey's ducklings, readers are treated to some of the best gossip in the children's book industry." - Anita Silvey

"I was afraid this book might be one of those eat-your-vegetables, musty history lessons. To my delight its... more »

Totally loving WILD THINGS! Acts Of Mischief In Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, +Julie Danielson  & Peter D. Sieruta so far. To those looking for a birthday or holiday gift for a children's lit lover: BUY THIS. Sooooo many fascinating (and sometimes deliciously shocking) anecdotes and factoids about books and book creators. 

An aside: Was startled but delighted to come across a nice mention of I'm Bored, Michael Ian Black and me partway through. Yay!

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780763651503

Some blurbs and blurb excerpts:

"From murder, betrayal, and sex to the fate of Robert McCloskey's ducklings, readers are treated to some of the best gossip in the children's book industry." - Anita Silvey

"I was afraid this book might be one of those eat-your-vegetables, musty history lessons. To my delight it skipped the vegetables entirely and went straight for delicious and dangerous desserts. I ate it up in one sitting."
—Lane Smith, illustrator of "The Stinky Cheese Man," a Caldecott Honor Book

"In its jolly mission to expose the dark underbelly of the children’s book world, WILD THINGS! turns up stories I’ve been hearing noised about for ages, but with a lot more detail and authenticity. The stories may not be quite as sordid as my own imagination had conjured up—although a few of them are—because there’s no denying that this field is full of mostly nice people!—but it’s all fun and a great read for anyone interested in both children’s books and the collection of people who make them."
—Paul O. Zelinsky, author-illustrator of "Rapunzel," winner of the Caldecott Medal___

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2014-08-09 13:57:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Comic: Grammar Graffiti. (tweaked from a version that appeared in Writer Unboxed)

Comic: Grammar Graffiti. (tweaked from a version that appeared in Writer Unboxed)___

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2014-08-09 02:43:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay: IN A BLUE ROOM , written by +Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, 2008). 

Synopsis: "Alice is wide, wide awake. Mama brings flowers, tea, a quilt, even lullaby bells to help her sleep. But none of these things are blue, and Alice can sleep only in a blue room. Yet when the light goes out, a bit of magic is stirred up. Pale blue moonlight swirls into her bedroom window. Then the night swirls out, around the moon and into the universe, leaving Alice fast alseep in a most celestial blue room."

More on the HMH site: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/In-a-Blue-Room/9780152059927

More about Jim Averbeck: http://www.jimaverbeckbooks.com/
(his debut middle grade A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT launched in June!)

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured Tricia Tusa and her art:h... more »

#BookADay: IN A BLUE ROOM , written by +Jim Averbeck and illustrated by Tricia Tusa (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, 2008). 

Synopsis: "Alice is wide, wide awake. Mama brings flowers, tea, a quilt, even lullaby bells to help her sleep. But none of these things are blue, and Alice can sleep only in a blue room. Yet when the light goes out, a bit of magic is stirred up. Pale blue moonlight swirls into her bedroom window. Then the night swirls out, around the moon and into the universe, leaving Alice fast alseep in a most celestial blue room."

More on the HMH site: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/In-a-Blue-Room/9780152059927

More about Jim Averbeck: http://www.jimaverbeckbooks.com/
(his debut middle grade A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT launched in June!)

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast featured Tricia Tusa and her art: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1310

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/ ___

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2014-08-08 02:03:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Curious about what happens at a children's/YA writer/illus conference? I've posted my SCBWI-LA photos on Flickr: http://bit.ly/1nxLHeh (Photo: JOURNEY's Aaron Becker leading the crowd in a harmonized singalong of Journey)

Curious about what happens at a children's/YA writer/illus conference? I've posted my SCBWI-LA photos on Flickr: http://bit.ly/1nxLHeh (Photo: JOURNEY's Aaron Becker leading the crowd in a harmonized singalong of Journey)___

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2014-08-07 21:03:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay: THE GRUDGE KEEPER, written by Mara Rockliffe and illustrated by +Eliza Wheeler  (Peach Tree Publishers, 2014). 

Synopsis: "No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

The townspeople of Bonnyripple count on Cornelius to file away their tiffs and huffs, squabbles and snits. But when a storm flings the people together and their grudges to the wind, will the Grudge Keeper be out of a job?

This timely and entertaining story is beautifully conveyed through Rockliff's witty wordplay and Wheeler's elegant illustrations."

More info about the book on Peachtree's site: http://peachtree-online.com/index.php/book/grudge-keeper.html

Interview with the author and illustrator about the making of the book:ht... more »

#BookADay: THE GRUDGE KEEPER, written by Mara Rockliffe and illustrated by +Eliza Wheeler  (Peach Tree Publishers, 2014). 

Synopsis: "No one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge. No one, that is, except old Cornelius, the Grudge Keeper.

The townspeople of Bonnyripple count on Cornelius to file away their tiffs and huffs, squabbles and snits. But when a storm flings the people together and their grudges to the wind, will the Grudge Keeper be out of a job?

This timely and entertaining story is beautifully conveyed through Rockliff's witty wordplay and Wheeler's elegant illustrations."

More info about the book on Peachtree's site: http://peachtree-online.com/index.php/book/grudge-keeper.html

Interview with the author and illustrator about the making of the book: http://peachtreepub.blogspot.ca/2014/04/the-making-of-grudge-keeper.html

See sketches from the making of the book on Eliza's blog: http://wheelerstudio.com/category/book-projects/the-grudge-keeper/

More info about the author: http://mararockliff.com/me.html___

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2014-08-07 14:01:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)

I JUST MET Judy Blume!!!!! To my embarrassment, I burst into tears upon being introduced, and she gave me a big hug (then asked me if my head was going to explode, referring to something I had posted on Twitter earlier :-D). She is SOOOO NICE. I thanked her for letting me illustrate her books. Thanks to Justin Chanda for the photo (and so much more).

Info about the Judy Blume books I illustrated:
http://debbieohi.com/judyblume

I JUST MET Judy Blume!!!!! To my embarrassment, I burst into tears upon being introduced, and she gave me a big hug (then asked me if my head was going to explode, referring to something I had posted on Twitter earlier :-D). She is SOOOO NICE. I thanked her for letting me illustrate her books. Thanks to Justin Chanda for the photo (and so much more).

Info about the Judy Blume books I illustrated:
http://debbieohi.com/judyblume___

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2014-07-30 11:51:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)

A cautionary comic for aspiring authors and illustrators.

A cautionary comic for aspiring authors and illustrators.___

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2014-07-29 20:57:01 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)

Trying hard to focus on work and SCBWI-LA prep, but every so often I think, " I'M GOING TO MEET JUDY BLUME THIS WEEKEND " and then I start freaking out (in a good way). My biggest fear: that my head explodes with joy when I do get to meet her and that would be embarrassing and also would majorly suck, because then I wouldn't be able to ask her to autograph my copy of Freckle Juice.

My history as a Judy Blume fangirl & how I became a Judy Blume illustrator, for those who missed it: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2014/2/16/part-2-of-my-big-news-judy-blume-simon-schuster-childrens-au.html

Trying hard to focus on work and SCBWI-LA prep, but every so often I think, " I'M GOING TO MEET JUDY BLUME THIS WEEKEND " and then I start freaking out (in a good way). My biggest fear: that my head explodes with joy when I do get to meet her and that would be embarrassing and also would majorly suck, because then I wouldn't be able to ask her to autograph my copy of Freckle Juice.

My history as a Judy Blume fangirl & how I became a Judy Blume illustrator, for those who missed it: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2014/2/16/part-2-of-my-big-news-judy-blume-simon-schuster-childrens-au.html___

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2014-07-29 19:13:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

An extra #BookADay since I'm off to LA soon: VIRGINIA WOLF, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2012). A gorgeously-illustrated picture book loosely based on the life of English writer Virginia Wolf and her sister. Winner of the 2012 Governor's General award for children's illustration, which is essentially the Canadian version of the U.S. Caldecott Medal.

Synopsis: "Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a "wolfish" mood -- growling, howling and acting very strange. It's a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden... more »

An extra #BookADay since I'm off to LA soon: VIRGINIA WOLF, written by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2012). A gorgeously-illustrated picture book loosely based on the life of English writer Virginia Wolf and her sister. Winner of the 2012 Governor's General award for children's illustration, which is essentially the Canadian version of the U.S. Caldecott Medal.

Synopsis: "Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a "wolfish" mood -- growling, howling and acting very strange. It's a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing "so that what was down could climb up." Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own. Loosely based on the relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her sister, painter Vanessa Bell, Virginia Wolf is an uplifting story for readers of all ages."

More about the book on the Kids Can website: http://www.kidscanpress.com/us/Virginia-Wolf-P5963.aspx

More about the author's children's books: http://kyomaclearkids.com/
Her adult books: http://www.kyomaclear.com/

More about the illustrator: http://www.isabellearsenault.com/

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/ ___

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2014-07-29 17:13:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

#BookADay: HEIDI HECKELBECK HAS A SECRET , first in a fun chapter book series for ages 5-7/grades K-2, written by Wanda Coven and illustrated by +Priscilla Burris (Little Simon, 2012).

Synopsis: "Introducing Heidi Heckelbeck—a brand-new young chapter-book series with witchy whimsy!

Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon's young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups!

Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning to live like any other kid—whojust happen... more »

#BookADay: HEIDI HECKELBECK HAS A SECRET , first in a fun chapter book series for ages 5-7/grades K-2, written by Wanda Coven and illustrated by +Priscilla Burris (Little Simon, 2012).

Synopsis: "Introducing Heidi Heckelbeck—a brand-new young chapter-book series with witchy whimsy!

Now readers between the ages of five and seven can read chapter books tailor-made for a younger level of reading comprehension. Heavily illustrated with large type, Little Simon's young chapter books let young readers feel like they are reading a “grown-up” format with subject, text, and illustrations geared specifically for their own age groups!

Heidi Heckelbeck seems like any other eight-year-old, but she has a secret: She’s a witch in disguise. Careful to keep her powers hidden (but excited to use them all the same), Heidi’s learning to live like any other kid—who just happens to be witch. And with easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Heidi and her brother Henry have always been homeschooled—until now. But Heidi is not happy about attending Brewster Elementary, especially not when meanie Melanie Maplethorpe turns Heidi’s first day of school into a nightmare by announcing that Heidi is smelly and ruining her art project. Heidi feels horrible and never wants to go back to school—but while sulking in her room at home, she remembers her special medallion and Book of Spells. With a little bit of carefully concealed magic, Heidi might be able to give Melanie a taste of her own medicine…. "

Wanda Coven shares about the Heidi Heckelback series:
Wanda Coven shares her Heidi Heckelback series

More about the first book on the publisher website: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Heidi-Heckelbeck-Has-a-Secret/Wanda-Coven/Heidi-Heckelbeck/9781442440876

More about Priscilla Burris: http://priscillaburris.com/
Priscilla on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PriscillaDesign
Priscilla's illustration blog: http://burrisdraw.blogspot.com

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-29 12:48:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Thanks to +Andrea Skyberg for featuring my Office Cave in her Tuesday Studio Tours today: http://andreaskyberg.com/debbie-ridpath-ohis-studio-tour/

Find out why my office looks NOTHING like the rest of the house, how my hero husband Jeff helped enhance my office, my envy of those who have appealing-sounding creative rituals, music I'm listening to (including Ookla the Mok) and a sampling of my new OfficeCrazyDanceBreak playlist, the most useful tool in my studio, and advice for those who want to make a personal space where they can be creative. Plus LOTS of photos!

Thank you, Andrea! http://andreaskyberg.com/debbie-ridpath-ohis-studio-tour/

Thanks to +Andrea Skyberg for featuring my Office Cave in her Tuesday Studio Tours today: http://andreaskyberg.com/debbie-ridpath-ohis-studio-tour/

Find out why my office looks NOTHING like the rest of the house, how my hero husband Jeff helped enhance my office, my envy of those who have appealing-sounding creative rituals, music I'm listening to (including Ookla the Mok) and a sampling of my new OfficeCrazyDanceBreak playlist, the most useful tool in my studio, and advice for those who want to make a personal space where they can be creative. Plus LOTS of photos!

Thank you, Andrea! http://andreaskyberg.com/debbie-ridpath-ohis-studio-tour/___

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2014-07-28 16:11:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

#BookADay : I just finished reading FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! by +Tim Federle  (Simon Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). I've already mentioned how much I enjoyed the first book, BETTER NATE THAN EVER, and I loved this sequel even more. Nate is such a wonderful character: enthusiastic, sweet and occasionally adorably oblivious. As a fan of Broadway musicals, I also enjoyed the peek into the inner workings of Broadway show. Tim Federle used to dance on Broadway himself and also coached the child stars of Billy Elliot.

Standing ovation to FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Five-Six-Seven-Nate!/Tim-Federle/9781442446939

In case you haven't yet read the first book, BETTER NATE THAN EVER: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Better-Nate-Than-Ever/Tim-Federle/9781442446915

Tim Federle's website:... more »

#BookADay : I just finished reading FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE! by +Tim Federle  (Simon Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). I've already mentioned how much I enjoyed the first book, BETTER NATE THAN EVER, and I loved this sequel even more. Nate is such a wonderful character: enthusiastic, sweet and occasionally adorably oblivious. As a fan of Broadway musicals, I also enjoyed the peek into the inner workings of Broadway show. Tim Federle used to dance on Broadway himself and also coached the child stars of Billy Elliot.

Standing ovation to FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, NATE!

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Five-Six-Seven-Nate!/Tim-Federle/9781442446939

In case you haven't yet read the first book, BETTER NATE THAN EVER: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Better-Nate-Than-Ever/Tim-Federle/9781442446915

Tim Federle's website: http://timfederle.com/
Tim Federle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/timfederle

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-24 21:06:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Today on Open Book Toronto: I share 12 unexpected facts about myself. Topics include my most boring pet ever, my first career, board gaming, filk, playing with my food, my favourite restaurant in Toronto, Star Trek, my sister Ruth Ohi, the song about me on Jeff Bohnhoff & Maya K. Bohnhoff's GRATED HITS CD, my webcomic Will Write For Chocolate, my first picture book which I've both written & illustrated, and my all-time favourite review of Naked! so far:

http://www.openbooktoronto.com/news/dirty_dozen_with_debbie_ohi

Today on Open Book Toronto: I share 12 unexpected facts about myself. Topics include my most boring pet ever, my first career, board gaming, filk, playing with my food, my favourite restaurant in Toronto, Star Trek, my sister Ruth Ohi, the song about me on Jeff Bohnhoff & Maya K. Bohnhoff's GRATED HITS CD, my webcomic Will Write For Chocolate, my first picture book which I've both written & illustrated, and my all-time favourite review of Naked! so far:

http://www.openbooktoronto.com/news/dirty_dozen_with_debbie_ohi___

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2014-07-24 01:29:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Awwwwwww....Thanks to Courtney Makishima, who shared this video on Twitter ( via @ckmaki). She posted: "My 10 month old twin girls love the children's book NAKED! by @michaelianblack I think they love it a little too much"  :-D

Favorite Book

Awwwwwww....Thanks to Courtney Makishima, who shared this video on Twitter ( via @ckmaki). She posted: "My 10 month old twin girls love the children's book NAKED! by @michaelianblack I think they love it a little too much"  :-D

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2014-07-23 17:09:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

So fun to hear about young readers wanting their own capes after reading Naked! I encourage everyone to ignore Edna Mode and say YES to capes! My thoughts on capes, Edna Mode and some instructions on how to make your own superhero cape: http://debbieohi.com/sayyestocapes

So fun to hear about young readers wanting their own capes after reading Naked! I encourage everyone to ignore Edna Mode and say YES to capes! My thoughts on capes, Edna Mode and some instructions on how to make your own superhero cape: http://debbieohi.com/sayyestocapes___

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2014-07-23 15:37:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

Morning doodle: "Minecraft story." The first time I encountered an Enderman in Minecraft, I freaked out -- SO SCARY! But here's one who's not. 

I didn't want to have to draw all those little squares on the Minecraft block, so scooped it from the Minecraft site and added some charcoal bits.

Morning doodle: "Minecraft story." The first time I encountered an Enderman in Minecraft, I freaked out -- SO SCARY! But here's one who's not. 

I didn't want to have to draw all those little squares on the Minecraft block, so scooped it from the Minecraft site and added some charcoal bits.___

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2014-07-23 12:17:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

#BookADay: THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN , written by +Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Annick Press, 2013). This gorgeously illustrated picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. See the YouTube video here: Stop and Hear the Music 

Synopsis: "In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring andswooping... more »

#BookADay: THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN , written by +Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dušan Petričić (Annick Press, 2013). This gorgeously illustrated picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. See the YouTube video here: Stop and Hear the Music 

Synopsis: "In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.

Vividly imagined text combined with illustrations that pulse with energy and movement expertly demonstrate the transformative power of music. With a postscript explaining Joshua Bell’s story, and afterword by Joshua Bell himself."

More about the book on the Annick Press site: http://www.annickpress.com/Man-with-the-Violin-The

More about Kathy Stinson: http://kathystinson.com/

More about Dušan Petričić: http://annickpress.com/author/Duan-Petrii

The Washington Post article about the experiment: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-22 17:17:01 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 36 +1s)

A comic for anyone who thinks it's easy to write children's books.

A comic for anyone who thinks it's easy to write children's books.___

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2014-07-22 17:16:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)

LOOK, MY FIRST GAME ART EVER!!! Just received my Kickstarter edition of Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe from Bezier Games, Inc. and contributor packs of cards with MY art on them, woohooooooooooooo!!! My artpack was one of the special stretch goals for the Kickstarter campaign. Can't stop fondling my new cards. Thank you, Ted Alspach!

For those interested, here's the original Kickstarter campaign with $137,973 raised, much higher than the original $5,000 goal (yay!): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tedalspach/ultimate-werewolf-deluxe-edition

Here's a video review of Ultimate Werewolf by Tom Vasel: Ultimate Werewolf Review - with Tom Vasel

More about Bezier Games: http://www.beziergames.com/

Read about Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition on BoardGameGeek:
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/152242/ultimate-werewolf-deluxe-edition

LOOK, MY FIRST GAME ART EVER!!! Just received my Kickstarter edition of Ultimate Werewolf Deluxe from Bezier Games, Inc. and contributor packs of cards with MY art on them, woohooooooooooooo!!! My artpack was one of the special stretch goals for the Kickstarter campaign. Can't stop fondling my new cards. Thank you, Ted Alspach!

For those interested, here's the original Kickstarter campaign with $137,973 raised, much higher than the original $5,000 goal (yay!): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tedalspach/ultimate-werewolf-deluxe-edition

Here's a video review of Ultimate Werewolf by Tom Vasel: Ultimate Werewolf Review - with Tom Vasel

More about Bezier Games: http://www.beziergames.com/

Read about Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition on BoardGameGeek:
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/152242/ultimate-werewolf-deluxe-edition___

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2014-07-22 12:33:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay: EVA AND SADIE AND THE WORST HAIRCUT EVER, written by Jeff Cohen, illustrated by Elanna Allen (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014). Inspired by the viral recording of NPR reporter Jeff interviewing his two little girls explaining the worst haircut ever (http://www.prx.org/pieces/73865).

You can see/hear the sisters explaining via the adorable HarperKids trailer (YOU SHOULD SEE IT): Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!

Synopsis: "Meet Eva and Sadie, two sisters with big personalities! When big sister Sadie notices that Eva's hair is just too long and getting out of control, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When the haircut is over and there's a pile of hair on the floor, Sadie realizes she may have done something wrong. What will Eva and Sadie's parents say? Will they be able to fix the worst haircut ever?

In this... more »

#BookADay: EVA AND SADIE AND THE WORST HAIRCUT EVER, written by Jeff Cohen, illustrated by Elanna Allen (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2014). Inspired by the viral recording of NPR reporter Jeff interviewing his two little girls explaining the worst haircut ever (http://www.prx.org/pieces/73865).

You can see/hear the sisters explaining via the adorable HarperKids trailer (YOU SHOULD SEE IT): Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER!

Synopsis: "Meet Eva and Sadie, two sisters with big personalities! When big sister Sadie notices that Eva's hair is just too long and getting out of control, she decides to take matters into her own hands. When the haircut is over and there's a pile of hair on the floor, Sadie realizes she may have done something wrong. What will Eva and Sadie's parents say? Will they be able to fix the worst haircut ever?

In this hilariously sweet tale of cutting hair, Eva gets a new hairdo and Sadie realizes that it's okay to make mistakes as long as you learn not to make the same one again."

More about Jeff Cohen: http://www.jeffcohenkidsbooks.com/
Great interview with Jeff about the book on John Schu's blog: http://mrschureads.blogspot.ca/2014/06/eva-and-sadie-and-worst-haircut-ever-by.html

More about Elanna Allen: http://www.elannaallen.com/#!elanna-who/c1olj
(she is also a creator and director of animated content for television as well as a children's book author)

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-21 19:06:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

This remains one of my favorite reader letters of all time, for I'M BORED . Also love the little Potato doodle. I've posted it on my office wall as a reminder, for when I get too caught up in publishing angst.

This remains one of my favorite reader letters of all time, for I'M BORED . Also love the little Potato doodle. I've posted it on my office wall as a reminder, for when I get too caught up in publishing angst.___

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2014-07-21 13:13:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay : underGROUND by Denise Fleming (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2012). Some people don't realize that Denise's beautiful illustrations are actually made using a pulp paper painting and collage technique. I was lucky enough to see Denise demonstrating her process at the 2011 SCBWI-LA conference illustrator intensive; you can see my blog post here: http://kidlitartists.blogspot.ca/2011/08/scbwi-illustrator-intensive-denise.html.

underGROUND was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Baby Buzz Pick!

Synopsis: "Discover the down and dirty secrets of underground creatures in this vibrant picture book from a Caldecott Honor medalist.

What young child doesn’t love playing in the dirt? And who hasn’t wondered what goes on in the lives of all the creatures who live underground? Celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming applies hersig... more »

#BookADay : underGROUND by Denise Fleming (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2012). Some people don't realize that Denise's beautiful illustrations are actually made using a pulp paper painting and collage technique. I was lucky enough to see Denise demonstrating her process at the 2011 SCBWI-LA conference illustrator intensive; you can see my blog post here: http://kidlitartists.blogspot.ca/2011/08/scbwi-illustrator-intensive-denise.html.

underGROUND was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Baby Buzz Pick!

Synopsis: "Discover the down and dirty secrets of underground creatures in this vibrant picture book from a Caldecott Honor medalist.

What young child doesn’t love playing in the dirt? And who hasn’t wondered what goes on in the lives of all the creatures who live underground? Celebrated Caldecott Honor medalist Denise Fleming applies her signature bold and bright pulp-paper-collage style to a universal childhood topic in this dynamic, rhythmic book that’s just right for reading aloud—and comes complete with a detailed glossary."

More about underGROUND:
http://books.simonandschuster.com/underGROUND/Denise-Fleming/9781442458826

Denise talks about her pulp painting process:
http://denisefleming.com/pages/papermaking.html

Youtube video of Denise talks about how she creates her picture book illustrations and also demonstrates her paper pulp illustration technique:
Denise Fleming demonstrates her paper pulp illustrations 

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-20 16:11:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

#BookADay : HENNY by +Elizabeth Rose Stanton  (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014). Quirky, fun, and adorable. Gets across the "it's okay to be different" without being message-y about it AND I think it's a great potential creativity booster for young people ("A chicken with ARMS? Whoa. Hey, what other animal mash-ups could I come up with....?"). I've also loved Elizabeth's enthusiasm about her debut picture book project online, and I look forward to checking out her future projects.

Synopsis: "Henny is a chick who’s just a little different from everyone else in the barn—and who learns to embrace her special gift in this whimsical and charming picture book debut from Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

Henny doesn’t look like any other chicken she knows. Instead of wings, she has arms!

Sometimes Henny likes beingdiffer... more »

#BookADay : HENNY by +Elizabeth Rose Stanton  (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014). Quirky, fun, and adorable. Gets across the "it's okay to be different" without being message-y about it AND I think it's a great potential creativity booster for young people ("A chicken with ARMS? Whoa. Hey, what other animal mash-ups could I come up with....?"). I've also loved Elizabeth's enthusiasm about her debut picture book project online, and I look forward to checking out her future projects.

Synopsis: "Henny is a chick who’s just a little different from everyone else in the barn—and who learns to embrace her special gift in this whimsical and charming picture book debut from Elizabeth Rose Stanton.

Henny doesn’t look like any other chicken she knows. Instead of wings, she has arms!

Sometimes Henny likes being different—she enjoys the way her arms flutter like ribbons when she runs—but other times…not so much. She just can’t do things the same way as the other chickens.

But doing things the same as everyone else is overrated, as Henny comes to realize in this warmhearted story, sweetly told and illustrated with fresh, expressive artwork that celebrates the individual in everyone. - See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Henny/Elizabeth-Rose-Stanton/9781442484368#sthash.llxcC39C.dpuf

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Henny/Elizabeth-Rose-Stanton/9781442484368

More about Elizabeth: http://www.penspaperstudio.com/

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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-19 14:13:56 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

#BookADay : THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT , written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel/Penguin, 2013). I love this book so much it hurts. To my poslfriends from the U of T: YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Ok, I'll calm down now.

Synopsis: "Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me–now a #1 New York Times bestseller!

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncanpos... more »

#BookADay : THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT , written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel/Penguin, 2013). I love this book so much it hurts. To my poslfriends from the U of T: YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Ok, I'll calm down now.

Synopsis: "Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me–now a #1 New York Times bestseller!

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?"

More about the book on the publisher page: http://www.penguin.com/book/the-day-the-crayons-quit-by-drew-daywalt/9780399255373

Drew Daywalt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrewDaywalt
Drew Daywalt on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DaywaltFearFactory

More about Oliver Jeffers: http://www.oliverjeffers.com/ ___

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2014-07-18 00:48:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

#BookADay: STAINED by +Cheryl Rainfield (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, 2013). Intense, powerful, brave. Why brave? From Cheryl, on her site: "I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I draw on my abuse and trauma experience for every book I write--it's important to me to encourage healing and hope, and to break silence--but I also write to entertain and to move people. And I write strong girl characters in all my books.

Books are powerful--that they can help us know we're not alone, help us gain greater compassion for ourselves and for others, help us understand things that we might not have before, all the while taking us on a thrilling ride in the safety of our own home."

You can read the first chapter of STAINED here: http://cherylrainfield.com/1st-chapter-Stained.html

Find out more about Cheryl and her work:... more »

#BookADay: STAINED by +Cheryl Rainfield (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade, 2013). Intense, powerful, brave. Why brave? From Cheryl, on her site: "I write the books I needed as a teen and couldn't find. I draw on my abuse and trauma experience for every book I write--it's important to me to encourage healing and hope, and to break silence--but I also write to entertain and to move people. And I write strong girl characters in all my books.

Books are powerful--that they can help us know we're not alone, help us gain greater compassion for ourselves and for others, help us understand things that we might not have before, all the while taking us on a thrilling ride in the safety of our own home."

You can read the first chapter of STAINED here: http://cherylrainfield.com/1st-chapter-Stained.html

Find out more about Cheryl and her work: http://cherylrainfield.com/ (I loved her books SCARS, HUNTED and PARALLEL VISIONS).

More about STAINED, including links to the book in hardcover, ebook and audio versions: http://cherylrainfield.com/bookPage.php?id=1

More about the book on the publisher site: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Stained/9780547942087___

2014-07-18 00:19:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

A while back I mentioned that my friend +Hazel Mitchell's dog had gone missing while staying at a kennel. Many of us followed Hazel's posts on FB about how she and Mike have been searching day and night, the friends they made along the way as others joined them in their search, how many around the globe sent donations to help make it possible for them to hire a dog tracking service, etc. etc. And YAAAY TOBY IS HOME!!!!! I yelled out loud when I saw Hazel's post, which totally made my day. YAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! TOBY IS HOOOME!!!

Here's what Hazel posted:

"This is the post you have all been waiting for TOBY IS HOME. He went round in a circle and back to the kennels where the owner's son was able to catch him. He is home now and bewildered but happy. We thank Applewood Kennels for diligence in looking out for him and capturing him safely. We are over the moon he is... more »

A while back I mentioned that my friend +Hazel Mitchell's dog had gone missing while staying at a kennel. Many of us followed Hazel's posts on FB about how she and Mike have been searching day and night, the friends they made along the way as others joined them in their search, how many around the globe sent donations to help make it possible for them to hire a dog tracking service, etc. etc. And YAAAY TOBY IS HOME!!!!! I yelled out loud when I saw Hazel's post, which totally made my day. YAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!! TOBY IS HOOOME!!!

Here's what Hazel posted:

"This is the post you have all been waiting for TOBY IS HOME. He went round in a circle and back to the kennels where the owner's son was able to catch him. He is home now and bewildered but happy. We thank Applewood Kennels for diligence in looking out for him and capturing him safely. We are over the moon he is back with us. 
We thank you all so much for thoughts and prayers. Now I must get back to Toby!! More later. Please share to let everyone know."___

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2014-07-17 21:09:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Look what just arrived! THANK YOU, +Kelly Light!!! Looking forward to when LOUISE LOVES ART launches this September. And I am so going to put this up in my office for inspiration!

Look what just arrived! THANK YOU, +Kelly Light!!! Looking forward to when LOUISE LOVES ART launches this September. And I am so going to put this up in my office for inspiration!___

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2014-07-17 11:46:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay: PLEASE, LOUISE! , written by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House Of Anansi, 2007). Adorable and hilarious. And I so love the energy in Marie-Louise's illustrations!

Synopsis: "Louise is an irresistible force, determined to be as close to her brother as she possibly can. Jake tries everything he can think of to make her leave him alone, but she refuses to go away. When Jake, in desperation, wishes Louise were a dog, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying dilemma. Louise is gone and a little dog seems to have taken her place. Can his wish have come true? This evocative picture book, by renowned author Frieda Wishinsky and acclaimed illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, is ideal to read aloud and shares a witty and poignant lesson about siblings."

More about the book: http://www.houseofanansi.com/Please-Louise-P282.aspx... more »

#BookADay: PLEASE, LOUISE! , written by Frieda Wishinsky and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House Of Anansi, 2007). Adorable and hilarious. And I so love the energy in Marie-Louise's illustrations!

Synopsis: "Louise is an irresistible force, determined to be as close to her brother as she possibly can. Jake tries everything he can think of to make her leave him alone, but she refuses to go away. When Jake, in desperation, wishes Louise were a dog, he is suddenly faced with a terrifying dilemma. Louise is gone and a little dog seems to have taken her place. Can his wish have come true? This evocative picture book, by renowned author Frieda Wishinsky and acclaimed illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, is ideal to read aloud and shares a witty and poignant lesson about siblings."

More about the book: http://www.houseofanansi.com/Please-Louise-P282.aspx
More about the author: http://friedawishinsky.com
More about the illustrator: http://marielouisegay.com___

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2014-07-16 18:17:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I enjoyed "Weird Al" Yankovic's WORD CRIMES video much more than the original song ("Blurred Lines"). http://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc

I enjoyed "Weird Al" Yankovic's WORD CRIMES video much more than the original song ("Blurred Lines"). http://youtu.be/8Gv0H-vPoDc___

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2014-07-16 12:47:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Deeply flattered to have the  Junior Library Guild recommend my #BookADay posts on Twitter! As they point out, I've been collecting all my #BookADay posts here: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday

For those who aren't familiar with the JLG, please do read my post about how the Junior Library Guild helps schools and libraries, and why having your book chosen by them is a BIG DEAL: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/8/29/im-bored-is-a-junior-library-guild-selection.html

And thanks again to Donalyn Miller for inspiring me (and many others) with her Book A Day summer challenge on the Nerdy Book Club. I've been having so much fun with it, as you may have been able to tell.  It's not too late for you to participate! More info here: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Deeply flattered to have the  Junior Library Guild recommend my #BookADay posts on Twitter! As they point out, I've been collecting all my #BookADay posts here: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday

For those who aren't familiar with the JLG, please do read my post about how the Junior Library Guild helps schools and libraries, and why having your book chosen by them is a BIG DEAL: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/8/29/im-bored-is-a-junior-library-guild-selection.html

And thanks again to Donalyn Miller for inspiring me (and many others) with her Book A Day summer challenge on the Nerdy Book Club. I've been having so much fun with it, as you may have been able to tell.  It's not too late for you to participate! More info here: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/___

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2014-07-16 12:40:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

#BookADay: LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). So much in this book to love, not just for young readers but also grown-ups. The Washington Post summarized it perfectly: "In this beautiful amalgam of science and poetry, words, set free from gravity, merge into images that reverberate and soar." Even the endpapers (the pages right at the beginning and the end, fixed to the inside of the covers) are packed with fascinating info and illustrations.

Excerpt from the starred review in Kirkus:
"Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission in Moonshot (2009); now he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey of 100 years earlier. In a collegial direct address, he invites readers to join a family—mother, daughter and son—on one of the first passenger trips from Omaha to Sacramento after the meeting of the Union Pacific andthe... more »

#BookADay: LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). So much in this book to love, not just for young readers but also grown-ups. The Washington Post summarized it perfectly: "In this beautiful amalgam of science and poetry, words, set free from gravity, merge into images that reverberate and soar." Even the endpapers (the pages right at the beginning and the end, fixed to the inside of the covers) are packed with fascinating info and illustrations.

Excerpt from the starred review in Kirkus:
"Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission in Moonshot (2009); now he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey of 100 years earlier. In a collegial direct address, he invites readers to join a family—mother, daughter and son—on one of the first passenger trips from Omaha to Sacramento after the meeting of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific in May 1869.... Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book’s unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself.... Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey.... Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes."

More about the book: http://www.brianfloca.com/Locomotive.html

Simon & Schuster page: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Locomotive/Brian-Floca/9781416994152___

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2014-07-15 16:53:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Deeply flattered to have the Junior Library Guild recommend my #BookADay posts on Twitter! As they point out, I've been collecting all my #BookADay posts here: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday

For those who aren't familiar with the JLG, please do read my post about how the Junior Library Guild helps schools and libraries, and why having your book chosen by them is a BIG DEAL: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/8/29/im-bored-is-a-junior-library-guild-selection.html

And thanks again to Donalyn Miller for inspiring me (and many others) with her Book A Day summer challenge on the Nerdy Book Club. I've been having so much fun with it, as you may have been able to tell.  It's not too late for you to participate! More info here: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Deeply flattered to have the Junior Library Guild recommend my #BookADay posts on Twitter! As they point out, I've been collecting all my #BookADay posts here: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday

For those who aren't familiar with the JLG, please do read my post about how the Junior Library Guild helps schools and libraries, and why having your book chosen by them is a BIG DEAL: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/8/29/im-bored-is-a-junior-library-guild-selection.html

And thanks again to Donalyn Miller for inspiring me (and many others) with her Book A Day summer challenge on the Nerdy Book Club. I've been having so much fun with it, as you may have been able to tell.  It's not too late for you to participate! More info here: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/___

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2014-07-15 14:35:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

#BookADay : XANDER'S PANDA PARTY , written by Linda Sue Park (who wrote A SINGLE SHARD, one of my favourite books) and illustrated by Matt Phelan. Published by Clarion in 2013. My favourite line: "Amanda Salamander lent a hand to Xander Panda. Xander's party plans went from grand to even grander."

And I get to hear Linda speak at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks, yay!

Synopsis: "The zoo’s paucity of pandas doesn’t impede Xander’s party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She’s not a bear—she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can’t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and “Calling all bears” evolves into “Calling all creatures.”

The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan’scharming ink and wate... more »

#BookADay : XANDER'S PANDA PARTY , written by Linda Sue Park (who wrote A SINGLE SHARD, one of my favourite books) and illustrated by Matt Phelan. Published by Clarion in 2013. My favourite line: "Amanda Salamander lent a hand to Xander Panda. Xander's party plans went from grand to even grander."

And I get to hear Linda speak at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks, yay!

Synopsis: "The zoo’s paucity of pandas doesn’t impede Xander’s party planning for long. He decides to invite all the bears. But Koala protests. She’s not a bear—she's a marsupial! Does that mean she can’t come? Xander rethinks his decision to invite only bears, and “Calling all bears” evolves into “Calling all creatures.”

The Newbery Medal author Linda Sue Park introduces animal taxonomy in a wonderfully engaging way, and the celebrated artist Matt Phelan’s charming ink and watercolor paintings are the icing on the cake. A read-aloud whoop-de-do!"

Book trailer for XANDER'S PANDA PARTY: Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Matt Phelan

More info about the author: http://www.lindasuepark.com

More about the illustrator: http://www.mattphelan.com/ (Matt's BLUFFTON has been nominated for three Eisner Awards!)

See Matt's sketches & process on Julie Danielson's Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2740

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade book page: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/xanders-panda-party/9780547558653___

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2014-07-15 14:01:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Thanks to @Catelli_NQU on Twitter for providing the caption for this comic!

Thanks to @Catelli_NQU on Twitter for providing the caption for this comic!___

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2014-07-15 02:06:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

#BookADay : MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER! (NO, I AM NOT.) by Peter Brown (Little, Brown/ Hachette Book Group, 2014). Omigosh, I love this so much. And YAY, Peter's one of the speakers at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks!!!

Synopsis: "A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.

Each page is filled with 'monstrous' details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book."

More about the book here:... more »

#BookADay : MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER! (NO, I AM NOT.) by Peter Brown (Little, Brown/ Hachette Book Group, 2014). Omigosh, I love this so much. And YAY, Peter's one of the speakers at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks!!!

Synopsis: "A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.

Each page is filled with 'monstrous' details that will have kids reading the story again and again. Peter Brown takes a universal and timeless theme, and adds his own humorous spin to create another winner of a picture book."

More about the book here: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/peter-brown/my-teacher-is-a-monster-no-i-am-not/9780316070294/

More about Peter Brown: http://www.peterbrownstudio.com/
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More about the Nerdy Book Club/Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/the-sixth-annual-book-a-day-challenge/

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2014-07-14 01:33:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

#BookADay: NINJA! by my friend Arree Chung (Henry Holt). I met Arree through one of David Diaz's Lost Weekends, and look forward to seeing him at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks.

Synopsis: "A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear—a true ninja can overcome all challenges." Love that Maxwell's secret mission is to get cookies and milk. :-D I'm not surprised that this book is so popular with young ninjas everywhere.

And you absolutely MUST check out Arree's fantastic bonus material (http://arree.com/) including a Ninjafy-Me app where you can upload any photo & turn yourself into a ninja, highly entertaining short film, activity guide and more.

More about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/ninja/ArreeChung

More about Arree:h... more »

#BookADay: NINJA! by my friend Arree Chung (Henry Holt). I met Arree through one of David Diaz's Lost Weekends, and look forward to seeing him at SCBWI-LA in a couple of weeks.

Synopsis: "A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear—a true ninja can overcome all challenges." Love that Maxwell's secret mission is to get cookies and milk. :-D I'm not surprised that this book is so popular with young ninjas everywhere.

And you absolutely MUST check out Arree's fantastic bonus material (http://arree.com/) including a Ninjafy-Me app where you can upload any photo & turn yourself into a ninja, highly entertaining short film, activity guide and more.

More about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/ninja/ArreeChung

More about Arree: http://arree.com/___

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2014-07-13 12:37:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Thanks to my friend +Marilisa Valtazanou for posting this pic of WHO NEEDS PANTS? in the wild -- this is the British version of NAKED! Marilisa, by the way, is part of the wonderful British musical duo Playing Rapunzel. Check out my art on their front page: http://www.playingrapunzel.com/ and while you're on the site, I encourage you to listen to their music samples.

It's been way too long since I've seen Marilisa and Mich. I hope to someday make it back over the pond just to visit with my UK friends!

Thanks to my friend +Marilisa Valtazanou for posting this pic of WHO NEEDS PANTS? in the wild -- this is the British version of NAKED! Marilisa, by the way, is part of the wonderful British musical duo Playing Rapunzel. Check out my art on their front page: http://www.playingrapunzel.com/ and while you're on the site, I encourage you to listen to their music samples.

It's been way too long since I've seen Marilisa and Mich. I hope to someday make it back over the pond just to visit with my UK friends!___

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2014-07-13 12:17:19 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

Comic: Another Advantage Of Print Books.

Comic: Another Advantage Of Print Books.___

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2014-07-12 21:51:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

#BookADay: SKINK ON THE BRINK , written by Lisa Dalrymple and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers, 2013). I interviewed both Lisa and Suzanne about their book, and you can find out about their writing, illustrating and publication process. TONS of fascinating process photos from Suzanne, whose illustrations are low relief sculptures created in plasticine (modelling clay) and pressed onto illustration board. The final plasticine art is then professionally photographed. See the interview/photos here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2013/9/23/interview-lisa-dalrymple-and-suzanne-del-rizzo-on-the-making.html

Synopsis:
"Stewie is a very special skink — he has a beautiful blue tail which gives him a superpower against his enemies. Stewie loves singing his songs and rhymes as he dashes around his home. But as he grows up his beautiful blue tails... more »

#BookADay: SKINK ON THE BRINK , written by Lisa Dalrymple and illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers, 2013). I interviewed both Lisa and Suzanne about their book, and you can find out about their writing, illustrating and publication process. TONS of fascinating process photos from Suzanne, whose illustrations are low relief sculptures created in plasticine (modelling clay) and pressed onto illustration board. The final plasticine art is then professionally photographed. See the interview/photos here: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2013/9/23/interview-lisa-dalrymple-and-suzanne-del-rizzo-on-the-making.html

Synopsis:
"Stewie is a very special skink — he has a beautiful blue tail which gives him a superpower against his enemies. Stewie loves singing his songs and rhymes as he dashes around his home. But as he grows up his beautiful blue tail starts to turn grey — he can't call himself Stewie the Blue anymore! And without his rhymes, his home by the pond doesn't feel as special either. A new Tell-Me-More Storybook about self-esteem, change, and growing up. Includes non-fiction back matter with bonus information and activities."

More about the book on the Fitzhenry & Whiteside site:
http://www.fitzhenry.ca/SkinkOnTheBrink/

Lisa Dalrymple: http://lisadalrymple.com/

Suzanne Del Rizzo: http://suzannedelrizzo.com/___

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2014-07-12 12:50:02 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 4 +1s)

I know many of my kidlit Google+ friends are also friends with +Hazel Mitchell, who is one of the most positive and encouraging people I know, always supporting others in the community. Feel free to share the attached image (even if you're not her Google+ friend but just want to show your support).

Hazel and Mike are out looking for Toby in the Benton/Clinton/Waterville area in Maine right now. 

I've never met Toby but I've so enjoyed the photos and sketches that Hazel posts, partly because they're adorable but mostly because it's so clear how much she cares about him. Fingers crossed very hard that he makes his way home soon, safe and sound.

Hazel's posting updates about the search on her FB wall: https://www.facebook.com/hazelmitchellillustration

I know many of my kidlit Google+ friends are also friends with +Hazel Mitchell, who is one of the most positive and encouraging people I know, always supporting others in the community. Feel free to share the attached image (even if you're not her Google+ friend but just want to show your support).

Hazel and Mike are out looking for Toby in the Benton/Clinton/Waterville area in Maine right now. 

I've never met Toby but I've so enjoyed the photos and sketches that Hazel posts, partly because they're adorable but mostly because it's so clear how much she cares about him. Fingers crossed very hard that he makes his way home soon, safe and sound.

Hazel's posting updates about the search on her FB wall: https://www.facebook.com/hazelmitchellillustration___

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