Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates (Updated Edition with Paperdolls)

by Maj Lindman (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: A classic book is back! (The original copyright is 1950, and yes, I read ALL of them as a child. Who knew what those triplets from Sweden would do next?) This updated version has a Christmas story AND paper dolls in the back.

Snippet: Early one Christmas morning in Sweden, Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka opened their eyes. They sat up in bed.


5 MORE Great Christmas Books

Christmas Farm

by Mary Lyn Ray (Author) and Barry Root (Illustrator)

Wilma and the little boy next door grow a Christmas tree farm. Picture book

Gus and Grandpa and the Christmas Cookies

by Claudia Mills (Author) and Catherine Stock (Illustrator)

What will Gus and Grandpa to do with 12 dozen cookies? Easy reader with 4 chapters

Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas

by Cynthia Rylant (Author) and Suçie Stevenson (Illustrator)

The whole family comes over to celebrate Christmas! Easy reader with 3 chapters

Marvin’s Best Christmas Present Ever

by Katherine Paterson (Author) and Jane Clark Brown (Illustrator)

Marvin makes his parents the best Christmas present ever. Level 3 easy reader

Minnie and Moo: The Night Before Christmas

by Denys Cazet (Author, Illustrator)

Minnie and Moo have to save Christmas at the farm! Level 3 easy reader


Chapter Book of the Day

Piper Reed, Rodeo Star

by Kimberly Willis Holt (Author) and Christine Davenier (Illustrator)

160 pages

Booktalk: Piper’s parents are going on vacation to France and not taking the whole family. What rotten luck! What will they do about Christmas?


“Where will we stay while you’re in France?” I asked.

“Piney Woods,” said the Chief. “You girls can have a nice visit with your grandparents.”


Intensive Picture Book Workshop

Are you ready to write your picture book in 2012?

(Ask someone to buy you a workshop for the holidays!)

The next Intensive Picture Book Workshop begins on January 4th. Learn the basic elements of a picture book story (hook, theme, arc, beats, storyboarding, and read aloud) as you study 5 picture books per lesson to see how they use the Big Picture writing traits of ideas, organization and voice.

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 January workshop dates are January 4-February 22, 2012.


Literary Links

Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish US Children’s Books Titles

My new @ALA_Booklist Hot Topics column, The Artist’s Life is here!


Blog Countdown #8

Dear Readers,

Due to technical difficulties (see below) I am moving ALL of my blogs here to Booktalking.

Q. Why are you moving your blogs during the busy holidays?

A. Two reasons:

1. I’m being innundated by foreign language spam.

2. The Feedburner subscription service has locked me out.

This means that while others have found me (in a BIG way!) I can no longer find you. I can’t access my subscriber lists. I’ve had the same login since 2006, but Feedburner was sold to Google and now my passwords no longer work!

I have to START OVER.

1. I will consolidate ALL 8 blogs into 1 at Booktalking.

2. I will count down this week and next (from 10-1)…and then close the other 7 blogs.

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