Picture Book of the Day


by Michelle Knudsen (Author) and Andrea Wesson (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Sally’s class is doing a science project, and Mrs. Henshaw is handing out eggs for hatching. “Mine looks different,” says Sally.

Snippet: “Now, Sally,” said Mrs. Henshaw, “don’t be difficult. Some eggs just look different.”


Chapter Book of the Day

The Red Blazer Girls: The Mistaken Masterpiece

by Michael D. Beil (Author)

320 pages

Booktalk: Sophie, Margaret, Becca, and Leigh Ann are back in an all-new Red Blazer Girls caper. In book three, Sophie is nose to fist with her arch-rival, Livvy, all while taking care of movie-star Nate Etan’s dog, when Father Julian hires the Blazers to help him authenticate a painting. Mayhem and mystery follows…

Snippet: The gears in Margaret’s brain are spinning so fast she makes a whirring sound as she opens her mouth. “But that doesn’t make sense. If he died in 1961, how could it possible have been painted after 1961?”


My Book of the Week

The Zombie Project by Anastasia Suen

(writing as Gertrude Chandler Warner)

The Boxcar Children Mysteries #128

  • Copyright: 2011
  • Dewey Decimal Class: Fic
  • ATOS Level: 3.4
  • AR Quiz Number: 146116
  • Library Binding / Paperback
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

While at the Winding River Lodge, the Aldens hear about a zombie living in the surrounding forest! As the signs of zombie attacks start to mount, the Boxcar Children recruit the help of a reporter and some locals. But is someone hiding information? Or should the Boxcar Children really be afraid of things that go bump in the night?


Write your own zombie story this October. I’ve created a Silly Zombie Story Writing Workshop for you to use. This 4 page writing workshop kit has an instruction page, two planning pages (one was completed by Frank E. Stein, so you can see what kind of story he was planning) and a blank author/illustrator page for you to use. Happy writing!


October 2011 Online Workshops

The October 2011 workshops will begin on Wednesday, October 5th.

Which workshop is best for you?

New to children’s books?

Learn about the different types of children’s books in the Children’s Book Genres Workshop.

Ready to write?

Write and edit your book in the Intensive Picture Book Workshop or the Children’s Novels Workshop.

An online workshop does not have a physical meeting place or classroom hours. You will have 8 weeks to complete the 6 lessons in this online workshop. Turn your lessons in as you complete them, the next day…or on the due date two weeks later.

The October workshop dates are October 5-November 23.

The October workshops end on November 23rd, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The workshops begin again on January 4th, 2012.


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