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2015-08-29 17:27:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks to those who answered my dog-earing survey! It was fun to see how OPINIONATED many of us are about dog-earing pages in books; non-readers just wouldn't care, would they? Anyway, here's what you said:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/29/poll-results-do-you-dog-ear-pages-in-books.html

Most reshares: 29

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2015-07-16 14:19:53 (1 comments, 29 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Liked this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. You can find out more about Liana and her books at http://LianaBrooks.com.

Most plusones: 26

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2015-07-16 14:19:53 (1 comments, 29 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Liked this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. You can find out more about Liana and her books at http://LianaBrooks.com.

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2015-09-02 18:08:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I cannot resist a middle grade novel with unique/cool technology as a hook, so was intrigued by the basic synopsis of SIX by M.M. Vaughan (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster Children's, 2015): Parker and his sister Emma, with the help of secret advanced technology, can communicate between themselves through their thoughts. When their father is kidnapped a few years after their mom's death, Parker and his sister are determined to find him.

Loved the mystery and action in SIX, the unexpected plots twists, and especially liked Parker's sister Emma. While Emma's deafness plays a role in their mystery-solving (she's very good at lipreading, for instance), it's not an Issue. Also loved the humor.

I'd like a SEQUEL, please!

Monica shared some great advice on Chuck Sambuchino's "7 Things I've Learned So Far":... more »

I cannot resist a middle grade novel with unique/cool technology as a hook, so was intrigued by the basic synopsis of SIX by M.M. Vaughan (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster Children's, 2015): Parker and his sister Emma, with the help of secret advanced technology, can communicate between themselves through their thoughts. When their father is kidnapped a few years after their mom's death, Parker and his sister are determined to find him.

Loved the mystery and action in SIX, the unexpected plots twists, and especially liked Parker's sister Emma. While Emma's deafness plays a role in their mystery-solving (she's very good at lipreading, for instance), it's not an Issue. Also loved the humor.

I'd like a SEQUEL, please!

Monica shared some great advice on Chuck Sambuchino's "7 Things I've Learned So Far": http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/7-things-ive-learned-so-far-by-m-m-vaughan

You can find M.M. Vaughan (a.k.a. Monica Meira Vaughan) at http://www.mmvaughan.com/ and on Twitter at @NoSleepNeeded.

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/2/six-by-mm-vaughan.html

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-09-01 14:29:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

It's been a while since I've awarded the Incredibly Prestigious and Exquisitely Ephemeral Golden Marmot Award, but this week it NEEDS to go to Chuck Wendig for this wonderful tip about supporting authors.

A few minutes after I tweeted this, Chuck told me how much his son was enjoying reading the Michael Ian Black picture book Naked! that I illustrated. Michael's response was highly amusing. You can read the full thread on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkyelbows/status/638716076021415937

Posted on Inkygirl about Chuck's tweet and his fantastic blog:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/1/golden-marmot-award-chuck-wendigs-if-you-like-a-book-tweet.html

It's been a while since I've awarded the Incredibly Prestigious and Exquisitely Ephemeral Golden Marmot Award, but this week it NEEDS to go to Chuck Wendig for this wonderful tip about supporting authors.

A few minutes after I tweeted this, Chuck told me how much his son was enjoying reading the Michael Ian Black picture book Naked! that I illustrated. Michael's response was highly amusing. You can read the full thread on Twitter: https://twitter.com/inkyelbows/status/638716076021415937

Posted on Inkygirl about Chuck's tweet and his fantastic blog:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/9/1/golden-marmot-award-chuck-wendigs-if-you-like-a-book-tweet.html___

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2015-08-31 15:34:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Debut picture book author and Simon & Schuster Children's editor +Christian Trimmer  offers fantastic advice for young writers, talks about Ben Clanton and his art, and what he's excited about now on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/31/three-questions-for-christian-trimmer-advice-for-young-write.html

An aside: Christian just announced that he's acquired another picture book from Eric Fan and Terry Fan. I'm already super-excited about the Fan brothers' THE NIGHT GARDENER (http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Night-Gardener/Terry-Fan/9781481439787) and am now also hyped about OCEAN MEETS SKY, which launches Summer 2017.

I love Christian's enthusiasm about kidlit/YA on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/MisterTrimmer. And again, MEGA-CONGRATS to Christian on his debut as a picture book author!!! SIMON'S NEW BED launched from... more »

Debut picture book author and Simon & Schuster Children's editor +Christian Trimmer  offers fantastic advice for young writers, talks about Ben Clanton and his art, and what he's excited about now on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/31/three-questions-for-christian-trimmer-advice-for-young-write.html

An aside: Christian just announced that he's acquired another picture book from Eric Fan and Terry Fan. I'm already super-excited about the Fan brothers' THE NIGHT GARDENER (http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Night-Gardener/Terry-Fan/9781481439787) and am now also hyped about OCEAN MEETS SKY, which launches Summer 2017.

I love Christian's enthusiasm about kidlit/YA on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/MisterTrimmer. And again, MEGA-CONGRATS to Christian on his debut as a picture book author!!! SIMON'S NEW BED launched from S&S BFYR on Aug. 25, 2015.___

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2015-08-31 13:40:00 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Any other font nerds out there? Some thoughts on fonts plus my FAVORITE Comic Sans music video ever: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/31/font-nerd-table-comic-thoughts-on-font-faces-and-my-favorite.html

My Font Nerd Table comic is also now available as a greeting card: http://www.zazzle.com/font_nerd_table_card_for_writers_font_snobs-137733269460254011 (Canadians should use Zazzle.ca instead)

Any other font nerds out there? Some thoughts on fonts plus my FAVORITE Comic Sans music video ever: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/31/font-nerd-table-comic-thoughts-on-font-faces-and-my-favorite.html

My Font Nerd Table comic is also now available as a greeting card: http://www.zazzle.com/font_nerd_table_card_for_writers_font_snobs-137733269460254011 (Canadians should use Zazzle.ca instead)___

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2015-08-30 16:50:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

‪#‎BookADay‬: OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva (Tundra Books, 2015). Blown away by the amazing die-cut illustrations, and I also loved the wordplay and fun story. Beautifully designed. I met Frank this past summer (thanks, Susan!); SUCH a nice fellow, very modest, incredibly talented.

Frank's first picture book, ALONG A LONG ROAD, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and was on The NYTimes 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011 list.

More about the book: http://www.tundrabooks.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781101917688

Frank's on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VIVAandCO
More about Frank's branding and design agency in Toronto: http://www.vivaandco.com/

‪#‎BookADay‬: OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva (Tundra Books, 2015). Blown away by the amazing die-cut illustrations, and I also loved the wordplay and fun story. Beautifully designed. I met Frank this past summer (thanks, Susan!); SUCH a nice fellow, very modest, incredibly talented.

Frank's first picture book, ALONG A LONG ROAD, was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Illustration and was on The NYTimes 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011 list.

More about the book: http://www.tundrabooks.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781101917688

Frank's on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VIVAandCO
More about Frank's branding and design agency in Toronto: http://www.vivaandco.com/___

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2015-08-29 17:27:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks to those who answered my dog-earing survey! It was fun to see how OPINIONATED many of us are about dog-earing pages in books; non-readers just wouldn't care, would they? Anyway, here's what you said:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/29/poll-results-do-you-dog-ear-pages-in-books.html

Thanks to those who answered my dog-earing survey! It was fun to see how OPINIONATED many of us are about dog-earing pages in books; non-readers just wouldn't care, would they? Anyway, here's what you said:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/29/poll-results-do-you-dog-ear-pages-in-books.html___

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2015-08-28 13:05:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

This crumpled Starbucks napkin demanded to be turned into a dress.
For more of my found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

This crumpled Starbucks napkin demanded to be turned into a dress.
For more of my found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-08-28 13:04:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Teachers! I've added more FREE print-ready activity sheets to my For The Love Of Reading page: http://debbieohi.com/read (many of these sheets are based on ideas from Donalyn Miller's excellent THE BOOK WHISPERER and READING IN THE WILD, see http://bookwhisperer.com/ and follow Donalyn on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donalynbooks).

You can find an archive of all my free, print-ready material related to reading, writing, illustration and bonus material for all my books at: http://debbieohi.com/printready

Teachers! I've added more FREE print-ready activity sheets to my For The Love Of Reading page: http://debbieohi.com/read (many of these sheets are based on ideas from Donalyn Miller's excellent THE BOOK WHISPERER and READING IN THE WILD, see http://bookwhisperer.com/ and follow Donalyn on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donalynbooks).

You can find an archive of all my free, print-ready material related to reading, writing, illustration and bonus material for all my books at: http://debbieohi.com/printready___

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2015-08-24 13:26:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Children's book author Josh Funk shares valuable advice for young readers, shares officestuff and is excited about graphic novels in my Inkygirl.com blog today!

Thanks to my Nerd Camp pal Josh Funk for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today! Can't wait to get my copy of LADY PANCAKE AND SIR FRENCH TOAST , which launches on Sept. 1st from Sterling:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/24/three-questions-for-josh-funk-advice-for-young-writers-scott.html___Children's book author Josh Funk shares valuable advice for young readers, shares officestuff and is excited about graphic novels in my Inkygirl.com blog today!

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2015-08-23 15:32:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A well-worn book is a well-loved book....but some people (hand waving here) still cringe at the idea of dog-earing pages in books. What's YOUR take on dog-earing book pages? Answer this anonymous 1-question poll about if/when you dog-ear pages in books: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/577B558 and you'll see what people have said so far.

A well-worn book is a well-loved book....but some people (hand waving here) still cringe at the idea of dog-earing pages in books. What's YOUR take on dog-earing book pages? Answer this anonymous 1-question poll about if/when you dog-ear pages in books: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/577B558 and you'll see what people have said so far.___

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2015-08-14 14:12:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I love +Alice Ratterree's advice for young illustrators.

Thanks to my friend +Alice Ratterree for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/14/three-questions-for-alice-ratterree-advice-for-young-illustr.html

Includes advice for young illustrators, peek into Alice's office and opera singing background, and what she's excited about now!___I love +Alice Ratterree's advice for young illustrators.

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2015-08-14 12:15:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

‪#‎BookADay‬: Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham and Paul Oh Zelinsky (Greenwillow Books). A hilarious twist on alphabet books. Then you need to check out CIRCLE, SQUARE, MOOSE, which came out in 2014. I love Moose!

Fun book trailer for Z IS FOR MOOSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP52OtZxPdg

About the book: "Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates Kelly Bingham's outrageously funny, critically acclaimed, and boundary-breaking story about a moose, a zebra, and the alphabet! Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as ABC, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas!"

More about Kelly: http://www.kellybinghambooks.com

More about Paul: http://www.paulozelinsky.com

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:htt... more »

‪#‎BookADay‬: Z IS FOR MOOSE by Kelly Bingham and Paul Oh Zelinsky (Greenwillow Books). A hilarious twist on alphabet books. Then you need to check out CIRCLE, SQUARE, MOOSE, which came out in 2014. I love Moose!

Fun book trailer for Z IS FOR MOOSE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP52OtZxPdg

About the book: "Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky illustrates Kelly Bingham's outrageously funny, critically acclaimed, and boundary-breaking story about a moose, a zebra, and the alphabet! Zebra wants to put on a show as simple as ABC, but Zebra's friend Moose has other (unexpected and hilarious) ideas!"

More about Kelly: http://www.kellybinghambooks.com

More about Paul: http://www.paulozelinsky.com

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs
Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-08-13 13:29:09 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Was so inspired by Pernille Ripp ​'s talk at Nerd Camp #nerdcampmi​ earlier this year. Thanks to Sara Lehman Ralph​ for posting a link to Pernille's recent post, "Stop Feeding The Beast - The Reading Myths We Pass On As Truth" (http://pernillesripp.com/2015/08/04/stop-feeding-the-beast-the-reading-myths-we-pass-on-as-truth/). What a wonderful piece! I was inspired to illustrate one of her quotes.

I'm inspired to draw MANY of her quotes. :-)

You can find out more about Pernille Ripp at http://pernillesripp.com/
and her education Facebook page at Passionate Learners​ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Passionate-Learners/167677440056495

Was so inspired by Pernille Ripp ​'s talk at Nerd Camp #nerdcampmi​ earlier this year. Thanks to Sara Lehman Ralph​ for posting a link to Pernille's recent post, "Stop Feeding The Beast - The Reading Myths We Pass On As Truth" (http://pernillesripp.com/2015/08/04/stop-feeding-the-beast-the-reading-myths-we-pass-on-as-truth/). What a wonderful piece! I was inspired to illustrate one of her quotes.

I'm inspired to draw MANY of her quotes. :-)

You can find out more about Pernille Ripp at http://pernillesripp.com/
and her education Facebook page at Passionate Learners​ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Passionate-Learners/167677440056495___

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2015-08-12 14:16:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

To children's/YA authors and illustrators who are currently working with AGENTS: Please take a few minutes to answer my multiple choice survey? You can answer anonymously: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSM2629

I'll be sharing the results in a future post. Purpose of the survey: to help others who are looking for agents. Thank you in advance!

To children's/YA authors and illustrators who are currently working with AGENTS: Please take a few minutes to answer my multiple choice survey? You can answer anonymously: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KSM2629

I'll be sharing the results in a future post. Purpose of the survey: to help others who are looking for agents. Thank you in advance!___

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2015-08-11 15:14:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Updated +Will Write For Chocolate.

I figure it's time I add a children's book illustrator to my Will Write For Chocolate household.___Updated +Will Write For Chocolate.

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2015-08-10 18:04:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks to picture book writer/illustrator +Arree Chung for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today. Topics include advice for young writers & illustrators, Gonzo, ninjas and HOW TO PEE: POTTY TRAINING FOR BOYS (just out from Macmillan this year): http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/10/three-questions-for-arree-chung-advice-for-young-writers-and.html

Thanks to picture book writer/illustrator +Arree Chung for answering Three Questions for me on Inkygirl.com today. Topics include advice for young writers & illustrators, Gonzo, ninjas and HOW TO PEE: POTTY TRAINING FOR BOYS (just out from Macmillan this year): http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/10/three-questions-for-arree-chung-advice-for-young-writers-and.html___

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2015-08-09 16:19:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: NINJA BUNNY by Jennifer Gray Olson (Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers). Such a fun picture book with adorable and eye-catching illustrations. Also love the underlying positive message about collaboration and friendship. A great read for little ninjas everywhere!

Fun trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV_Hh2cKXTk

More about the book:
http://www.randomhousekids.com/books/detail/235429-ninja-bunny?isbn=9780385754934#.Vcd8VBNVhBc

More about Jennifer:
http://www.jennifergrayolson.com/

You can also find her on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/jgrayolson

More about her process for this book:
http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2015/06/illustration-inspiration-jennifer-gray-olson-ninja-bunny.html

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:more »

#BookADay: NINJA BUNNY by Jennifer Gray Olson (Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers). Such a fun picture book with adorable and eye-catching illustrations. Also love the underlying positive message about collaboration and friendship. A great read for little ninjas everywhere!

Fun trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV_Hh2cKXTk

More about the book:
http://www.randomhousekids.com/books/detail/235429-ninja-bunny?isbn=9780385754934#.Vcd8VBNVhBc

More about Jennifer:
http://www.jennifergrayolson.com/

You can also find her on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/jgrayolson

More about her process for this book:
http://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/2015/06/illustration-inspiration-jennifer-gray-olson-ninja-bunny.html

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-08-04 22:58:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE INSECTO-FILES written by +Helaine Becker , illustrated by Claudia Davila (Owlkids). What a fun book for summer reading! Check out the starred Quill & Quire review: http://www.quillandquire.com/review/the-insecto-files-amazing-insect-science-and-bug-facts-you-ll-never-believe/

More about the book: https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=206

More about Helaine Becker: http://www.helainebecker.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

#BookADay: THE INSECTO-FILES written by +Helaine Becker , illustrated by Claudia Davila (Owlkids). What a fun book for summer reading! Check out the starred Quill & Quire review: http://www.quillandquire.com/review/the-insecto-files-amazing-insect-science-and-bug-facts-you-ll-never-believe/

More about the book: https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=206

More about Helaine Becker: http://www.helainebecker.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-08-04 13:57:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Short on writing time? Here are some tips and apps I've found super-useful while working on my middle grade novel:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/3/back-burner-writing-essential-apps-and-how-im-squeezing-in-e.html

Short on writing time? Here are some tips and apps I've found super-useful while working on my middle grade novel:

http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/8/3/back-burner-writing-essential-apps-and-how-im-squeezing-in-e.html___

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2015-08-04 01:16:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : ABOVE by +Leah Bobet (Arthur A. Levine Books /Scholastic). Love the voice in this beautifully written YA urban fantasy. Heartbreaking, dark yet hopeful, romantic. Love the fact that the narrator is the Teller, who is responsible for remembering and guarding the stories of his friends. Love the diverse and wonderfully complex characters. And check out the cover; that's Toronto!

ABOVE was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012, nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction & Fantasy, and nominated for the Aurora Award For Best YA Novel. Here's an excerpt from the starred Publishers Weekly review: "*[A] dark, dazzling tale…Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken—hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, thisfant... more »

#BookADay : ABOVE by +Leah Bobet (Arthur A. Levine Books /Scholastic). Love the voice in this beautifully written YA urban fantasy. Heartbreaking, dark yet hopeful, romantic. Love the fact that the narrator is the Teller, who is responsible for remembering and guarding the stories of his friends. Love the diverse and wonderfully complex characters. And check out the cover; that's Toronto!

ABOVE was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012, nominated for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction & Fantasy, and nominated for the Aurora Award For Best YA Novel. Here's an excerpt from the starred Publishers Weekly review: "*[A] dark, dazzling tale…Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken—hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, this fantasy lingers on the senses." 

More about the book, including an excerpt: http://www.arthuralevinebooks.com/book.asp?bookid=201

More about Leah: http://leahbobet.com/

You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahbobet

Leah's new book, AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES, comes out from Clarion Books (U.S.) on Oct. 6 and Scholastic Canada (Canada) in Sept later this year: http://leahbobet.com/writing/an-inheritance-of-ashes/

The Torkidlit community is lucky to have Leah, and I look forward to reading her next book!

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-08-03 02:11:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley ( Dial Books for Young Readers, June 2015). Finished this middle grade book on the weekend. It was one of those experiences where I was enjoying the book soooo much that I began reading slower when I got to the last few chapters because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END. This would make a fantastic readaloud.

I was also lucky enough to meet Cassie at #nerdcampmi in June. She's so easygoing and friendly, plus drew me a picture of an elephant butt! She says it's the only thing she knows how to draw. :-D I keep her drawing in the front of my copy of her book.

More about the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317776/circus-mirandus-by-cassie-beasley/

More about Cassie: http://cassiebeasley.com/

And she's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beasleywrites

p.s. If you have a copy of the... more »

#BookADay: CIRCUS MIRANDUS by Cassie Beasley ( Dial Books for Young Readers, June 2015). Finished this middle grade book on the weekend. It was one of those experiences where I was enjoying the book soooo much that I began reading slower when I got to the last few chapters because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END. This would make a fantastic readaloud.

I was also lucky enough to meet Cassie at #nerdcampmi in June. She's so easygoing and friendly, plus drew me a picture of an elephant butt! She says it's the only thing she knows how to draw. :-D I keep her drawing in the front of my copy of her book.

More about the book: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317776/circus-mirandus-by-cassie-beasley/

More about Cassie: http://cassiebeasley.com/

And she's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beasleywrites

p.s. If you have a copy of the book, don't forget to look under the dust jacket!!!!

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-08-02 21:21:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Happy Book Birthday to LILLIPUT, written by Sam Gayton Children's Author and illustrated by my friend +Alice Ratterree, published by Peachtree Publishers. Alice will be answering Three Questions on my blog Inkygirl.com very soon.

For ages 8-12. Synopsis: "In a city full of giants, can one tiny girl find her way home?

She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing in a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.

Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clock makers, and talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels through... more »

Happy Book Birthday to LILLIPUT, written by Sam Gayton Children's Author and illustrated by my friend +Alice Ratterree, published by Peachtree Publishers. Alice will be answering Three Questions on my blog Inkygirl.com very soon.

For ages 8-12. Synopsis: "In a city full of giants, can one tiny girl find her way home?

She is a girl three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half her life, she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing in a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily, and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.

Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clock makers, and talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels through eighteenth-century London - over rooftops, down chimneys, and into chocolate shops - on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs...home."

More about LILLIPUT at: http://peachtree-online.com/index.php/book/lilliput.html

More about Alice: http://www.aliceink.com/

More about Sam: http://www.samgayton.com/___

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2015-08-01 21:27:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE DEAD & THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer (HMH Books For Young Readers). Sequel to LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, #2 in the series.

I loved the first book and enjoyed this second book as well. Found it very sobering (it's definitely not a comfort book :-)) and it made me appreciate everything that I have....especially food!

Synopsis: "Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland,and... more »

#BookADay: THE DEAD & THE GONE by Susan Beth Pfeffer (HMH Books For Young Readers). Sequel to LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, #2 in the series.

I loved the first book and enjoyed this second book as well. Found it very sobering (it's definitely not a comfort book :-)) and it made me appreciate everything that I have....especially food!

Synopsis: "Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities."

More about the author: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Beth_Pfeffer

More about the book:
http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/The-Dead-and-The-Gone/9780547258553___

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2015-08-01 14:27:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A handwritten journal entry about missing #LA15SCBWI and awesome tweets. :-)

More handwritten journal entries: https://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/sets/65360

A handwritten journal entry about missing #LA15SCBWI and awesome tweets. :-)

More handwritten journal entries: https://www.flickr.com/photos/debbieohi/sets/65360___

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2015-07-30 22:14:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Yeah, well. Since I have to miss #LA15SCBWI in Los Angeles this year, I figure I may as well get a comic strip out of it. :-)

I discovered that the antibiotic drops I was taking for pink eye made them much worse RIGHT before I was supposed to leave for LA. So I had a choice: to go anyway, or to cancel and see a doctor instead, just in case there was a more serious condition or at the very least to get other medication. I opted for the latter.

I'm relieved it's just pink eye and nothing serious, but a bit frustrated with timing.

Ah well. I look forward to seeing people's #LA15SCBWI tweets and photos!

To see more of my infrequently updated semi-autobiographical comic strips: http://debbieohi.com/nutshell/

Yeah, well. Since I have to miss #LA15SCBWI in Los Angeles this year, I figure I may as well get a comic strip out of it. :-)

I discovered that the antibiotic drops I was taking for pink eye made them much worse RIGHT before I was supposed to leave for LA. So I had a choice: to go anyway, or to cancel and see a doctor instead, just in case there was a more serious condition or at the very least to get other medication. I opted for the latter.

I'm relieved it's just pink eye and nothing serious, but a bit frustrated with timing.

Ah well. I look forward to seeing people's #LA15SCBWI tweets and photos!

To see more of my infrequently updated semi-autobiographical comic strips: http://debbieohi.com/nutshell/___

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2015-07-28 22:07:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by +Jess Keating(Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). If you or your tween is looking for a fun summer read, I strongly recommend this book. Love the funny, fresh voice and quirky humour. Love the poignant moments. Love the fact that Ana's parents are zoologists (Ana is short for Anaconda!) -- the author herself has a zoology background. 

I've already bought the next in the series, HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL and also look forward to the release of HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE, which comes out in October 2015....and it just got a starred review in Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jess-keating/how-outfox-your-friends-when-you-dont-have-clue/

Synopsis of HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE: "Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered... more »

#BookADay: HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE WHEN YOUR SHOES ARE UNTIED by +Jess Keating(Sourcebooks Jabberwocky). If you or your tween is looking for a fun summer read, I strongly recommend this book. Love the funny, fresh voice and quirky humour. Love the poignant moments. Love the fact that Ana's parents are zoologists (Ana is short for Anaconda!) -- the author herself has a zoology background. 

I've already bought the next in the series, HOW TO OUTSWIM A SHARK WITHOUT A SNORKEL and also look forward to the release of HOW TO OUTFOX YOUR FRIENDS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE A CLUE, which comes out in October 2015....and it just got a starred review in Kirkus: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jess-keating/how-outfox-your-friends-when-you-dont-have-clue/

Synopsis of HOW TO OUTRUN A CROCODILE: "Ana Wright's social life is now officially on the endangered list: she lives in a zoo (umm, elephant droppings!?), her best friend lives on the other side of the world, and the Sneerers are making junior high miserable. All Ana wants is to fade into the background.

Yeah, that's not going to happen."

More about Jess and her books: http://jesskeating.com

More about Jess's Sourcebook Jabberwocky series: http://www.sourcebooks.com/index.php?option=com_egdauthors&view=author&aid=A2729

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-28 12:34:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I've been gradually working my way through each of these panels in my own career, so figured it was about time to repost this comic. :-)

Writers and illustrators: Resist constantly comparing yourself to others. Instead, focus on appreciating and enjoying your OWN journey.___I've been gradually working my way through each of these panels in my own career, so figured it was about time to repost this comic. :-)

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2015-07-28 01:49:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

‪#‎BookADay‬: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. A visual feast! This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocativestory... more »

‪#‎BookADay‬: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. A visual feast! This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story."
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs
Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-07-28 01:35:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story."
... more »

#BookADay: WAIT by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015). LOVE the beautiful simplicity of the story and illustrations. This book received well-deserved starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

See sample illustrations & more about the book: http://us.macmillan.com/wait-1/antoinetteportis and on Antoinette's site: http://www.antoinetteportis.com/index1.html

Synopsis: "As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push and pull, but in the end, they both find something to stop for.

Acclaimed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis' signature style conveys feelings of warmth, curiosity, humor and tenderness in this simple, evocative story."

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-26 22:44:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

You never know where you'll find a book fairy.

This bunch of hydrangea was too big to incorporate into a regular found object doodle, so I decided to put a doodle in the hydrangea instead. smile emoticon If you like garden doodles, do check out Priscilla Burris's Instagram feed (https://instagram.com/priscilladesign/). Her art is adorable and always makes me happy!

See more of my found object art at https://instagram.com/inkygirl/

You never know where you'll find a book fairy.

This bunch of hydrangea was too big to incorporate into a regular found object doodle, so I decided to put a doodle in the hydrangea instead. smile emoticon If you like garden doodles, do check out Priscilla Burris's Instagram feed (https://instagram.com/priscilladesign/). Her art is adorable and always makes me happy!

See more of my found object art at https://instagram.com/inkygirl/___

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2015-07-26 22:33:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Be a Reading NINJA! Inspired by a cherry stain. 

Be a Reading NINJA! Inspired by a cherry stain. ___

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2015-07-25 20:38:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: FERAL NIGHTS (Book #1 in Feral series) by Cynthia Leitich Smith , my Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency sister (book published by Candlewick). A perfect summer YA read! Love the tongue-in-cheek humor, fun banter between quirky characters, plots twists. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Synopsis: "When Yoshi, a sexy, free-spirited werecat, tracks his big sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she's not only MIA; she's also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, sarcastic werepossum Clyde and his human pal Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of a friend.

When all three are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote tropical island ruled by an unusual (even by shape-shifter standards) species. The island harbors a grim secret, and were-predator... more »

#BookADay: FERAL NIGHTS (Book #1 in Feral series) by Cynthia Leitich Smith , my Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency sister (book published by Candlewick). A perfect summer YA read! Love the tongue-in-cheek humor, fun banter between quirky characters, plots twists. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Synopsis: "When Yoshi, a sexy, free-spirited werecat, tracks his big sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she's not only MIA; she's also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, sarcastic werepossum Clyde and his human pal Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of a friend.

When all three are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote tropical island ruled by an unusual (even by shape-shifter standards) species. The island harbors a grim secret, and were-predator and were-prey must join forces in a fight to escape alive.

Fans of best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize quartet will thrill to see favorite sidekick characters—together with all-new ones—take the fore in this wry, high-action entry in an exciting new series."

More about Cynthia's Feral series: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/cyn_books_forYAs/feral_nights/feral_series.html

and do check out Cynthia's excellent kidlit/YA resources: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/cyalr_index.html

More about the book on the Candlewick site:
http://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=0763659096&pix=n

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/ — with Cynthia Leitich Smith.___

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2015-07-24 21:14:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

‪#‎BookADay‬: GLORY (Vol.3 in The Dust Chronicles) by +Maureen McGowan (Skyscape, 2014). This was my favorite of the trilogy -- an exciting and thoroughly satisfying conclusion to this dystopian YA sf-thriller series!

More info about The Dust Chronicles series: http://maureenmcgowan.com/series/dust-chron/

More info about Maureen: http://maureenmcgowan.com/
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

‪#‎BookADay‬: GLORY (Vol.3 in The Dust Chronicles) by +Maureen McGowan (Skyscape, 2014). This was my favorite of the trilogy -- an exciting and thoroughly satisfying conclusion to this dystopian YA sf-thriller series!

More info about The Dust Chronicles series: http://maureenmcgowan.com/series/dust-chron/

More info about Maureen: http://maureenmcgowan.com/
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-24 02:13:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had a great time playtesting one of Eric Lang's new games tonight along with Les & Laurie Cheung and Jeff. Thanks so much to Sonja Lang for the lovely dinner and the invite! I've always admired Eric Lang as a game designer but even more so, seeing him in creative mode.

I took the photo of Eric while he was making edits to some of the cards in the game we were playtesting. Eric does a TON of playtesting of his games before submitting them to his publishers, and I've been so impressed by his methodology as well as commitment to the core goal of making the game FUN TO PLAY.

You can find out more about Eric and his work:

http://www.ericmlang.com/
https://twitter.com/eric_lang
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/1533/eric-m-lang

Some interviews about how he designs games:
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Had a great time playtesting one of Eric Lang's new games tonight along with Les & Laurie Cheung and Jeff. Thanks so much to Sonja Lang for the lovely dinner and the invite! I've always admired Eric Lang as a game designer but even more so, seeing him in creative mode.

I took the photo of Eric while he was making edits to some of the cards in the game we were playtesting. Eric does a TON of playtesting of his games before submitting them to his publishers, and I've been so impressed by his methodology as well as commitment to the core goal of making the game FUN TO PLAY.

You can find out more about Eric and his work:

http://www.ericmlang.com/
https://twitter.com/eric_lang
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/1533/eric-m-lang

Some interviews about how he designs games:

http://www.boardgamequest.com/eric-lang-interview/
http://opinionatedgamers.com/2012/08/13/the-art-of-design-interviews-to-game-designers-21-eric-m-lang/___

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2015-07-23 13:44:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It's easy to write a children's book. The real challenge: writing a book that people actually want to READ. 

It's easy to write a children's book. The real challenge: writing a book that people actually want to READ. ___

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2015-07-23 12:48:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Thanks to my friend +Maple Lam, who answered Three Questions for me today on Inkygirl.com: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/23/three-questions-for-maple-lam-advice-for-young-illustrators.html

Maple offers advice for young illustrators, shows us stuff in her office, and is excited about the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference (next week!!!). Congrats again to Maple on her DEBUT as a children's book illustrator in TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY ( HarperCollins Children's Books) , which is also my #bookaday choice today. This new picture book was written by Evie & Ryan Cordell and is inspired by a real-life story (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265902/Father-buys-puppy-kids-challenging-1m-likes-Facebook.html) when two sisters were promised a puppy if they could get a million likes for their Twogirlsandapuppy FB page. 

Thanks to my friend +Maple Lam, who answered Three Questions for me today on Inkygirl.com: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/23/three-questions-for-maple-lam-advice-for-young-illustrators.html

Maple offers advice for young illustrators, shows us stuff in her office, and is excited about the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference (next week!!!). Congrats again to Maple on her DEBUT as a children's book illustrator in TWO GIRLS WANT A PUPPY ( HarperCollins Children's Books) , which is also my #bookaday choice today. This new picture book was written by Evie & Ryan Cordell and is inspired by a real-life story (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2265902/Father-buys-puppy-kids-challenging-1m-likes-Facebook.html) when two sisters were promised a puppy if they could get a million likes for their Twogirlsandapuppy FB page. ___

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2015-07-22 13:36:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH (Volume One: At The Edge Of Empire) by Daniel Kraus, which launches October 27, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Whenever I start a big book (and at 642 pages, Zebulon Finch definitely qualifies), I cross my fingers and hopehopehope that the first few pages will pull me in right away. If they do, I can relax and settle in for what promises to be a satisfying long read. If they don't, then it's just going to be long. Zebulon Finch had me from the beginning. 

Here's what I especially enjoyed, without giving spoilers: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/22/bookaday-the-death-and-life-of-zebulon-finch-by-daniel-kraus.html

More about Daniel Kraus: http://www.danielkraus.com/

More about the book:... more »

#BookADay: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH (Volume One: At The Edge Of Empire) by Daniel Kraus, which launches October 27, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. Whenever I start a big book (and at 642 pages, Zebulon Finch definitely qualifies), I cross my fingers and hopehopehope that the first few pages will pull me in right away. If they do, I can relax and settle in for what promises to be a satisfying long read. If they don't, then it's just going to be long. Zebulon Finch had me from the beginning. 

Here's what I especially enjoyed, without giving spoilers: http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/7/22/bookaday-the-death-and-life-of-zebulon-finch-by-daniel-kraus.html

More about Daniel Kraus: http://www.danielkraus.com/

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/The-Death-and-Life-of-Zebulon-Finch-Volume-One/Daniel-Kraus/9781481411394

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-21 14:18:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: CONNECTING DOTS by Sharon Jennings (Second Story Press, 2015). Just finished this book, fell in love with Cassie, the main character. And I just discovered that the book is a companion to HOME FREE, which was a finalist for the TD Children's Literature Award and the Governor General's Award -- I'm eager to read that book next! 

Synosis: "After years of being passed around to various relatives, Cassandra Jovanovich has found a home where she feels she belongs. All she wants to do is forget her past and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. But her new friend, Leanna Mets, 'the most annoying person she has ever met,' wants to know how Cassandra became an orphan, and encourages her to write her story. Cassandra’s memories reveal how the death of her grandmother and the cruelty of the other adults in her life turned her into the distrustful, secretivetw... more »

#BookADay: CONNECTING DOTS by Sharon Jennings (Second Story Press, 2015). Just finished this book, fell in love with Cassie, the main character. And I just discovered that the book is a companion to HOME FREE, which was a finalist for the TD Children's Literature Award and the Governor General's Award -- I'm eager to read that book next! 

Synosis: "After years of being passed around to various relatives, Cassandra Jovanovich has found a home where she feels she belongs. All she wants to do is forget her past and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. But her new friend, Leanna Mets, 'the most annoying person she has ever met,' wants to know how Cassandra became an orphan, and encourages her to write her story. Cassandra’s memories reveal how the death of her grandmother and the cruelty of the other adults in her life turned her into the distrustful, secretive twelve-year-old she is. But with friendship and the courage to continue her dream of acting, Cassandra might find a way to connect the dots in her life back together."

More about the book: http://secondstorypress.ca/books/325-connecting-dots

More about Sharon Jennings: http://sharonjennings.ca/___

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2015-07-20 14:46:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

#‎BookADay‬: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell (Abrams, 2014). This has been on my To Read pile for a while, and I finished it on the weekend. TOTALLY lives up to all the hype. I've been a fan of autobiographical comics for a while (thanks to Rand Bellavia) and have become especially intrigued by graphic novel memoirs for young people.
Loved how the facts about how young Cece lost her hearing and coped afterward are deftly woven into engaging storytelling. Love the voice, the overall story arc, how the characters and relationships developed. Cece tells her story honestly, without self-pity, and a healthy dose of humor. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.

I hope to meet Cece in person someday.

More about Cece Bell: https://cecebell.wordpress.com/

More about the book: http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/el-deafo_9781419712173/

Synopsis: "Going to school andmak... more »

#‎BookADay‬: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell (Abrams, 2014). This has been on my To Read pile for a while, and I finished it on the weekend. TOTALLY lives up to all the hype. I've been a fan of autobiographical comics for a while (thanks to Rand Bellavia) and have become especially intrigued by graphic novel memoirs for young people.
Loved how the facts about how young Cece lost her hearing and coped afterward are deftly woven into engaging storytelling. Love the voice, the overall story arc, how the characters and relationships developed. Cece tells her story honestly, without self-pity, and a healthy dose of humor. Highly, HIGHLY recommended.

I hope to meet Cece in person someday.

More about Cece Bell: https://cecebell.wordpress.com/

More about the book: http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/el-deafo_9781419712173/

Synopsis: "Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for."
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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs
Archives of my #BookADay posts: http://inkygirl.com/bookaday/___

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2015-07-16 23:13:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : NANA IN THE CITY by Lauren Castillo (Clarion/HMH, 2014). Those of you who keep up with children's lit news are already familiar with this wonderful Caldecott Honor picture book, I'm sure. I was also lucky enough to meet Lauren at ALA and have a chance to hang out a bit at Nerd Camp. Despite all the accolades and public attention, Lauren remains easygoing, down-to-earth and fun to hang out with, supportive and encouraging of others. 

Synopsis of NANA IN THE CITY: "In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations thatca... more »

#BookADay : NANA IN THE CITY by Lauren Castillo (Clarion/HMH, 2014). Those of you who keep up with children's lit news are already familiar with this wonderful Caldecott Honor picture book, I'm sure. I was also lucky enough to meet Lauren at ALA and have a chance to hang out a bit at Nerd Camp. Despite all the accolades and public attention, Lauren remains easygoing, down-to-earth and fun to hang out with, supportive and encouraging of others. 

Synopsis of NANA IN THE CITY: "In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city."

More about the book:
http://www.laurencastillo.com/nana-in-the-city/
http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/Nana-in-the-City/9780544104433

You can also find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/studiocastillo
and Instagram: https://instagram.com/studiocastillo

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-16 14:19:53 (1 comments, 29 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Liked this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. You can find out more about Liana and her books at http://LianaBrooks.com.

Liked this Liana Brooks quote so much I decided to illustrate it. You can find out more about Liana and her books at http://LianaBrooks.com.___

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2015-07-16 01:29:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: SPACE BOY AND HIS DOG , written by my Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency sister, Dian Curtis Regan (great to see her at #alaac15!), and illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Published by Boyds Mill Press (April/2015).

Synopsis: "Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he’s always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot, Radar, and his dog, Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko’s story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat. Illustrated in comic–book style and featuring easy–to–read text packed with humor, Space Boy and His Dog is Niko’s first adventure, with two more books planned in the series."

More about thebook: https... more »

#BookADay: SPACE BOY AND HIS DOG , written by my Curtis Brown, Ltd. agency sister, Dian Curtis Regan (great to see her at #alaac15!), and illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Published by Boyds Mill Press (April/2015).

Synopsis: "Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he’s always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot, Radar, and his dog, Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko’s story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat. Illustrated in comic–book style and featuring easy–to–read text packed with humor, Space Boy and His Dog is Niko’s first adventure, with two more books planned in the series."

More about the book: https://www.boydsmillspress.com/bmp/books/picture-books-fiction/space-boy-and-his-dog

More about Dian: http://www.diancurtisregan.com/

More about Robert: http://neubecker.com/

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-15 17:11:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Found another zombie sheep in my muesli this morning. #tinydoodle

Found another zombie sheep in my muesli this morning. #tinydoodle___

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2015-07-14 21:52:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay: COMPLIANCE (Book 2 of The Dust Chronicles) by Maureen L McGowan (Skyscape, 2013). One of ways I'm doing more reading these days is through audiobooks; I listen to audiobooks while I'm at the gym and sometimes when I'm at certain stages in book illustration. Just finished COMPLIANCE. Fast-paced, suspenseful, lives up to the first book, and I really like the main character Glory. So looking forward to reading GLORY, the last book in this YA trilogy!

More about Maureen: http://maureenmcgowan.com/

More about The Dust Chronicles trilogy: http://maureenmcgowan.com/the-dust-chronicles-2/

"Bestselling, award-winning, dystopian thriller series for readers 12 and over. The books have lots of adult fans too!

The Dust Chronicles is a trilogy about a sixteen-year-old girl named Glory, who can kill with her eyes. It’s set in ap... more »

#BookADay: COMPLIANCE (Book 2 of The Dust Chronicles) by Maureen L McGowan (Skyscape, 2013). One of ways I'm doing more reading these days is through audiobooks; I listen to audiobooks while I'm at the gym and sometimes when I'm at certain stages in book illustration. Just finished COMPLIANCE. Fast-paced, suspenseful, lives up to the first book, and I really like the main character Glory. So looking forward to reading GLORY, the last book in this YA trilogy!

More about Maureen: http://maureenmcgowan.com/

More about The Dust Chronicles trilogy: http://maureenmcgowan.com/the-dust-chronicles-2/

"Bestselling, award-winning, dystopian thriller series for readers 12 and over. The books have lots of adult fans too!

The Dust Chronicles is a trilogy about a sixteen-year-old girl named Glory, who can kill with her eyes. It’s set in a post-apocalyptic future where the earth has been covered by asteroid dust that’s lethal to most humans and has changed the DNA of others, giving them powers deemed Deviant. The books are dystopian thrillers with elements of sci-fi, paranormal, horror and romance."

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-14 13:06:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Woohoo, the news is public: I'm delighted to announce that I'll be on the faculty at the SCBWI-FL January conference in Miami along with  Tammi Kippes Sauer (Roar!, Nugget and Fang, Me Want Pet! plus other books) and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin series, Joe Ledger series, Dead Of Night series plus other books).

See Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld's announcement: https://www.facebook.com/LindaRodriguezBernfeld/posts/10153115771791339

More about Tammi: http://www.tammisauer.com/

More about Jonathan: http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/

CAN'T WAIT!!!!! Thanks to RUBY ROSE author Rob Sanders for his help re: getting me involved.
More about SCBWI-FL: http://florida.scbwi.org/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scbwiflevents

Woohoo, the news is public: I'm delighted to announce that I'll be on the faculty at the SCBWI-FL January conference in Miami along with  Tammi Kippes Sauer (Roar!, Nugget and Fang, Me Want Pet! plus other books) and Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin series, Joe Ledger series, Dead Of Night series plus other books).

See Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld's announcement: https://www.facebook.com/LindaRodriguezBernfeld/posts/10153115771791339

More about Tammi: http://www.tammisauer.com/

More about Jonathan: http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/

CAN'T WAIT!!!!! Thanks to RUBY ROSE author Rob Sanders for his help re: getting me involved.
More about SCBWI-FL: http://florida.scbwi.org/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scbwiflevents___

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2015-07-13 19:31:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : DOORS IN THE AIR by David Weale and Pierre Pratt ( Orca Book Publishers​, 2012). Such fun, imaginative art! 

Synopsis: "Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness.
Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air."

More about the book: http://www.orcabook.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1637

More about the TD Grade One Book Giveaway 2014: http://www.bookcentre.ca/bookgiveaway2014

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#BookADay : DOORS IN THE AIR by David Weale and Pierre Pratt ( Orca Book Publishers​, 2012). Such fun, imaginative art! 

Synopsis: "Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness.
Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air."

More about the book: http://www.orcabook.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1637

More about the TD Grade One Book Giveaway 2014: http://www.bookcentre.ca/bookgiveaway2014

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-13 12:51:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Read the first half of Daniel Kraus's THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH (Volume I) yesterday. Totally, totally hooked. More when I've finished the book, but so far I'm loving the voice, the tinge of horror, the wry humour, the storytelling...and especially the intriguing main character. I found the basic premise irresistable: A 17-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down but after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. HIs second life will be nothing like the first.

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Death-and-Life-of-Zebulon-Finch-Volume-1/Daniel-Kraus/9781481411394

Comes out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on Oct. 27, 2015. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the advance reading copy!

Read the first half of Daniel Kraus's THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH (Volume I) yesterday. Totally, totally hooked. More when I've finished the book, but so far I'm loving the voice, the tinge of horror, the wry humour, the storytelling...and especially the intriguing main character. I found the basic premise irresistable: A 17-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down but after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. HIs second life will be nothing like the first.

More about the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/The-Death-and-Life-of-Zebulon-Finch-Volume-1/Daniel-Kraus/9781481411394

Comes out from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on Oct. 27, 2015. Thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the advance reading copy!___

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2015-07-12 19:29:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#BookADay : THE HICCUPOTOMUS by Aaron Zenz​ (Two Lions). Entertaining, wonderfully silly, would make a fun readaloud.  Thanks to Aaron for being my #nerdcampmi Draw-Off partner! Hope our paths cross again.

You can see Aaron talk to young readers about his book as well as read his book aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov1zPrJkgbA

More about Aaron and his books: http://aaronzenz.com/

Aaron's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronZenz

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

#BookADay : THE HICCUPOTOMUS by Aaron Zenz​ (Two Lions). Entertaining, wonderfully silly, would make a fun readaloud.  Thanks to Aaron for being my #nerdcampmi Draw-Off partner! Hope our paths cross again.

You can see Aaron talk to young readers about his book as well as read his book aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov1zPrJkgbA

More about Aaron and his books: http://aaronzenz.com/

Aaron's also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronZenz

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More about Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge:
http://linkis.com/bookwhisperer.com/20/ggxPs

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

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2015-07-12 13:02:41 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

One of things I loved about +Colby Sharp's Nerd Camp  ​: There were so many opportunities for casual hanging out and chatting with educators before and through the event. Totally unscheduled gatherings, depending on who was around and was available to chat. LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Other types of events can be fun, of course, but I find these type of get-togethers more leisurely with a natural ebb and flow of conversation, and the main reason I decided to attend my first Nerd Camp; my friend Jess Keating​'s post about last year's event convinced me.

One of the educators I enjoyed chatting with was reading specialist, Michele Knott. Here's a nice post she wrote about meeting authors at Nerd Camp:

http://mrsknottsbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/07/celebrate-this-week-71115.html

Personally (and I strongly suspect other authors/illustrators will agree with me),I th... more »

One of things I loved about +Colby Sharp's Nerd Camp  ​: There were so many opportunities for casual hanging out and chatting with educators before and through the event. Totally unscheduled gatherings, depending on who was around and was available to chat. LOVED THIS SO MUCH. Other types of events can be fun, of course, but I find these type of get-togethers more leisurely with a natural ebb and flow of conversation, and the main reason I decided to attend my first Nerd Camp; my friend Jess Keating​'s post about last year's event convinced me.

One of the educators I enjoyed chatting with was reading specialist, Michele Knott. Here's a nice post she wrote about meeting authors at Nerd Camp:

http://mrsknottsbooknook.blogspot.com/2015/07/celebrate-this-week-71115.html

Personally (and I strongly suspect other authors/illustrators will agree with me), I think the hashtag should be  and , not authors. :-)

In case some of you want to find out more about Nerd Camp: http://nerdcampmi.weebly.com/

Next year's camp takes place July 11-12! This actually overlaps with one of my book launches: MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE: WHAT'S THAT SMELL? (written by Lauren McLaughlin​, coming out from Random House Children's Books​) but looks as if there's a possibility I may be able to combine both, we'll see. :-)___

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2015-07-12 02:05:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Restaurant doodle tonight: "Wasabi Boy With Soy Sauce Hair." For my other found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl

Restaurant doodle tonight: "Wasabi Boy With Soy Sauce Hair." For my other found object doodles: https://instagram.com/inkygirl___

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