Nonfiction Monday

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

Today’s the 16th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros, Children’s Day/Book Day

Lola Reads to Leo
by Anna McQuinn (Author) and Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Lola becomes a big sister in her latest story celebrating books and reading. From potty time to bath time to nap time, Lola knows just the right book to read to baby Leo.

Snippet:
Lola and her mommy read together a lot.
Lola chooses stories the baby will like.

BONUS! See the Día Celebrations video!
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Picture Book of the Day

Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat
by Susanna Reich (Author) and Amy Bates (Illustrator)

Booktalk:This biography introduces the iconic American chef Julia Child to a new audience of young readers through the story of her spirited cat, Minette, whom Julia adopted when living in Paris. While Julia is in the kitchen learning to master delicious French dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse! This lively story is complete with an author’s note, a bibliography, and actual quotations from Julia Child and comes just in time for the 100th anniversary of her birth. (It’s the first-ever children’s book about the beloved chef.)

Snippet: Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child was a very lucky cat, perhaps the luckiest cat in all of Paris.

And now a interview with author Susanna Reich. Her awards include the NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, Tomás Rivera Award, International Latino Book Award, ALA Notable, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and Best Books of the Year honors from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, Scripps-Howard, and the Association of Booksellers for Children.

Q. When did you start writing?

A. I started writing children’s books in the early 1990’s, but I’d done other kinds of writing before that. My first published article was actually about Polynesian dance. I have a B.F.A. in Dance from N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts and had done some graduate work in Dance Ethnology at the University of Hawaii, so the subject came naturally.

After dancing in New York for a few years, I switched careers and worked as a florist. Before long I was writing about floral design. I published an article about wedding bouquets in Bride’s magazine, and another about the flower arrangements I created for Julia Child’s 80’th birthday party.

By the early 90’s, I was married and had a young child. My husband, Gary Golio, and I  were reading a lot of picture books. We were also studying T’ai Chi with the children’s book illustrator Ed Young, who often talked about his work and about the world of children’s books. I became more and more intrigued and began to experiment with picture book texts. I joined SCBWI , went to conferences, submitted manuscripts – and got lots of rejections.

It seemed like everyone was trying to write picture books (this was before the current YA craze), so I figured it would be easier to break in with something different, like nonfiction. My local children’s librarian told me there was a need for biographies of women, and my mother, a music historian, suggested Clara Schumann. At first I said, “Oh, Mom, that’s your thing!” Then I thought about it and realized it was a good idea. I worked on a biography of Clara for about three years before selling it. That became my first book, Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso.

Q.  Describe your writing process.

A. Most of my books are biographies, so my process begins with figuring out who to write about. Since Gary also writes biography, this is something we talk about a lot!

A subject has to meet several criteria. First, it has to be someone with whom I want to spend a lot of time, someone whose work interests me and has had a significant cultural impact. Second, there has to be sufficient source material. Third, and perhaps most importantly, I have to be able to find an angle that will interest young readers.

Once I’ve chosen a subject, the research begins. I read the adult biographies on the subject and study the subject’s work by visiting museums, listening to CDs, watching videos, going to performances. I pay special attention to primary sources – like personal letters, memoirs, photographs, archival newspapers – to ensure accuracy and to find good quotes. I also read background material to get a feel for the historical context – for example, Mexican history and dance history for José! Born to Dance, and Native American tribes and languages for Painting the Wild Frontier. Researching Julia Child was especially fun because I got to read cookbooks and try recipes. I even researched the history of cat food!

As I research, I take extensive notes and begin to formulate the book’s structure. I’m looking for that child-friendly angle and developing a narrative thread for my story. If it’s a book for which I’ll be providing images, I’m doing illustration research at the same time.

Only once I’ve completely immersed myself in the person’s life and times, and feel like I know the person really well, do I begin to write. At that point, the words flow pretty easily, though I do a lot of revising as I go. I’m very attentive to details of structure and style, and tend to write and rewrite until I’m satisfied. Of course, after the manuscript is sold I get editorial feedback, and then there’s more writing and revising.

Q. Tell us about your latest book.

A. I come from a family that loves to cook and eat, and I’d wanted to write a picture book about Julia Child for a long time. The challenge was to find the right approach. I didn’t want to just write about how Julia Child learned to cook boeuf bourguignon.

Then I read that Julia was a cat lover who got her first cat, Minette, when she and her husband, Paul, lived in Paris. Minette ate Julia’s leftovers, but there were also mice in the apartment. Now, I’ve lived with cats my whole life, and I know that no matter what you give them to eat, you can’t compete with fresh mouse—even if you’re Julia Child! So that became the premise for Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. I didn’t have to invent any of the anecdotes about Minette or any of the dialogue. All of the quotes in the book are things Julia actually wrote in her memoirs and letters.

I’ve never had so much fun writing a book. Julia was a joyful, enthusiastic, energetic person with a great sense of humor. I tried to channel that into Minette’s Feast. And Amy Bates’ illustrations are perfect. They’re both historically accurate (we worked on that a lot!) and full of feeling, and they really capture the look of Paris in the late 1940’s, as well as Julia’s warmth and personality.

BONUS! We’re celebrating the launch of the book with a giveaway, courtesy of Abrams. Readers can enter to win a free, signed book by sending an email with the subject line “Minette’s Feast giveaway” to susanna@susannareich.com. Winners will be selected on May 31.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 30 – Booktalking – interview with Susanna

Tuesday, May 1 – Books Together – interview with Amy

Wednesday, May 2 – Tales from the Rushmore Kid – interview with Susanna’s cat

Thursday, May 3 – The Fourth Musketeer – interview with Susanna

Friday, May 4 – Original Content – review and discussion of creative nonfiction

Sunday, May 6 – Great Kid Books – guest post by Susanna about reading as a child

Monday, May 7 – Shelf-Employed – interview with Abrams art director Chad Beckerman

Tuesday, May 8 – Readerkidz – “Dear Reader” guest post by Susanna
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Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Monday

This week’s Nonfiction Monday Round-up host is GatheringBooks

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Nonfiction Book Blast 2012

Seymour Simon booktalks Butterflies

on the Nonfiction Book Blast blog today…

Save the date! June 23, 2012 Nonfiction Book Blast 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Literary Link

Need a great Mother’s Day gift?
May 2-June 20 (online) children’s book writing workshops begin this Wednesday!

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STEM Haiku

Share your own haiku about a STEM topic on this last day National Poetry Month.

(STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

30 in 30: a body of work
thirty poems in
thirty days: one poem a
day–isn’t math grand!
© 2012 Anastasia Suen
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Girl’s Guide to Volleyball

My Book of the Week

Girl’s Guide to Volleyball
by Anastasia Suen

I grew up in Florida and California, where the volleyball nets are up at the beach year round. We played volleyball in school, too. Unlike many other sports where you only play one position, in volleyball, you move around the court and play every position. Pass-set-spike!

Booktalk:
Are you a girl who loves to nail the perfect spike? Get in the game! Take your knowledge of volleyball to the next level. Learn the positions, skills, tips and tricks that will help you stay sharp on and off the field.

The ultimate guide to being the ultimate player or fan! Whether competing on the field or cheering from the stands, readers get the inside scoop on all the rules and key strategies of their favorite sports. Plus, find recipes, crafts, and activities to show your team spirit!

Save the date! June 23, 2012 Nonfiction Book Blast 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Picture Book of the Day

The Umbrella
by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert (Illustrators)

Booktalk: A little dog finds an umbrella in the garden on a windy day. The moment the dog picks up the umbrella, it catches the wind and pulls the dog skywards. This is the start to fantastic journey around the world. The wind carries the umbrellas and the dog all over the world, from the desert to the sea, from the jungle to the north pole. A wordless picture book that tells a thousand stories.
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Chapter Book of the Day

Missing: A Liv & Death Novel
by Madeline Smoot (Author)
176 pages

Booktalk: Just like their names, Liv and Morte have always been opposites. The two can barely be in the same room together for more than a moment before all conversations turn into fights. It’s not until Morte disappears after a typical field party that Liv even realizes that she might actually love her brother after all. Missing is the tale of Liv’s journey to find out what happened to her brother the night he disappeared — to discover if everyone at the field party had really been typical.

Snippet: My mother named my brother. Most people assumed that his name was short for Mortimer or Morton or something, but this being my mom, it was just the Latin word for death. My father pretended that he had agreed to the name so my mother could have her little joke. “My little life and death,” she called us. In reality, Dad had no say in Morte’s name. It was one thing to name me, his baby girl, his first-born, the Norwegian word for life. It was quite another to name his son Death.
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March 2012 Online Workshops

The March 2012 workshops will begin tomorrow Wednesday, March 7th.

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.

Passionate about literacy?
Find out how you can write for children learning to read in the Children’s Literacy Workshop (for Writers).

Ready to write?
Write and edit your book in the

After you finish a writing workshop you can work through two more edits in a “work-in-progress” workshop, by rewriting your picture book or easy reader or working on the next chapter of your children’s chapter book or children’s novel.

The January workshop dates are March 7-April 25, 2012.

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Literary Link

Apple Won’t Sell Seth Godin’s Book With Amazon Links (via @eBookNewser)
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Site Meter My NEW chapter book is Just So, Brianna (All-Star Cheerleaders)

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They’re here early!

Debbie asked me to send her my book titles for the SCBWI conference in February, so I looked up my two new 2012 All-Star Cheerleaders books (just in case) – and they’re here early!

All-Star Cheerleaders: Save the Best for Last, Abby (Book 2)

It’s hard to be the oldest, especially when your younger sister complains about being last in everything, and everyone always says, “We saved the best for last,” even if it is a joke. But Abby’s little sister Emma isn’t just last – she’s a flyer! She’s the one everyone watches, so she’d better get this new routine right. And Abby has to help!

All-Star Cheerleaders: Just So, Brianna (Book 3)

Brianna wants everything to be perfect, and that includes her cheer moves. She practices and practices, and even then, sometimes not everything is “just so.” But with some help from her big sister and the older girls from Big D Elite gym, Brianna learns that while practice makes perfect sometimes, other times it’s OK to do your best and just have fun!

Now we can add them to the All-Star Cheerleaders webpage. Go Big D!

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Tales from Long Ago

Picture Book of the Day

A Christmas Spider’s Miracle
by Trinka Hakes Noble (Author) and Stephen Costanza (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem.

Snippet: Folks could barely wait until Christmas Eve, that long cold night when everyone would light candles to fill the darkness with hope.
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Chapter Book of the Day

The Last Dragon
by Jane Yolen (Author) and Rebecca Guay (Illustrator)
144 pages

Booktalk: Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew — with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.

Snippet: At first the dragon looked like any young lizard, for he had not shed his eggskin, which was lumpy and whitish, like clotted cream. But he grew fast, as dragons will.
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December 2011 Carnival Of Children’s Literature

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Literary Links

5 tips for releasing a book app (via @eBookNewser)
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Blog Countdown #3

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 for two weeks (from 10-1)…and then close the other 7 blogs.

If you read this blog via a Google subscription, please click here and sign up for email with WordPress. (It’s the widget on the right that says “Send me this blog via email.”) Then I can see you – and help you – if you need assistance with your subscription.

Thanks!
Anastasia
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Site Meter My NEW picture book is Road Work Ahead (Viking)

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By Request…

Picture Book of the Day

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

by Doreen Cronin (Author) and Laura Cornell (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Take care of MOM and she’ll take care of YOU. Kids can see how in this detailed “Mom Operating Manual.” The snippet below is on the If All Else Fails Page where it recommends “a spontaneous song and dance routine” to override a “malfunction.”

This book is a MUST BUY for kids with busy moms!

Snippet:

Cranky Pants

(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Why do you wear cranky pants?

Cranky pants?

Cranky pants?

Why do you wear cranky pants?

Breathe deep and count to ten.

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Chapter Book of the Day

All-Star Cheerleaders: Tick Tock, Taylor

by Anastasia Suen (Author) and Hazel Mitchell (Illustrator)

96 pages

Booktalk: It’s the first big competition for Taylor, Abby and the rest of the Glitter cheer squad from the Big D Elite gym. Competitions are nerve-wracking enough, but add in a teammate who is always perfect – and wants everyone else to be too – a slow back walkover and some intense competition and the Glitter squad will have to perform better than ever to take first place.

Snippet: “I thought this day would never come,” said Taylor to her best friend Abby. The two girls looked around the hallway of the sports arena. There were cheerleaders everywhere. They had come from across the state to compete. It was October — time for the first All-Star competition of the season.

BONUS! Find out how this series started!

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Children’s Chapter Books Workshop

I’ve had many requests this year to teach a workshop about writing chapter books, so…the Children’s Chapter Books Workshop will begin on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

The Children’s Chapter Books Workshop is a 12 lesson email course. Due to the economy, I have divided it into 2 parts: Lessons 1-6 and Lessons 7-12.

This is an online workshop, so it 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.

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Blog Countdown #9

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.

If you read this blog via a Google subscription, please click here and sign up for email with WordPress. (It’s the widget on the right that says “Send me this blog via email.”) Then I can see you – and help you – if you need assistance with your subscription.

Thanks!

Anastasia

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Site Meter My NEW picture book is Road Work Ahead (Viking)

Copyright © 2011 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Unexpected…

Picture Book of the Day

M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual)

by Doreen Cronin (Author) and Laura Cornell (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Take care of MOM and she’ll take care of YOU. Kids can see how in this detailed “Mom Operating Manual.” The snippet below is on the If All Else Fails Page where it recommends “a spontaneous song and dance routine” to override a “malfunction.”

This book is a MUST BUY for kids with busy moms!

Snippet:

Cranky Pants

(sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Why do you wear cranky pants?

Cranky pants?

Cranky pants?

Why do you wear cranky pants?

Breathe deep and count to ten.

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Chapter Book of the Day

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

by Richard Paul Evans (Author)

336 pages

Booktalk: To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up with their abilities, and their investigation soon brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control the electric teens—and through them, the world.

Snippet:

“Have you found the last two?” The voice on the phone was angry and coarse, like the sound of car tires over broken glass.

“Not yet,” the well-dressed man on the on the other end of the phone replied. “Not yet. But we believe we’re close–and they still don’t know that we’re hunting them.”

BONUS! See the video!

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My Book of the Week

Can You Eat a Rainbow? by Anastasia Suen

A healthy eating easy reader

Look inside this book to find out if you really can eat a rainbow.

  • Copyright: 2011
  • Paperback: 16 pages
  • Guided Reading: A
  • Intervention: 1
  • DRA: 1
  • Publisher: Bebop Books

Also available in Spanish as ¿Puedes comer el arco iris?.

Book Activities:

Use these Guided Reading lesson plans with your class.

Share the new USDA MyPlate. (En Español)

Create a video for the MyPlate Fruit and Veggies Challenge. (11/15/11 deadline)

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October 2011 Carnival of Children’s Literature

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Site Meter My NEW book, The Zombie Project (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #128)

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Unexpected…

Picture Book of the Day

The Little Red Pen

by Susan Stevens Crummel (Author) and Janet Stevens (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: An fun comic book style retelling of the Little Red Hen, as a Little Red Pen. She’s not baking a cake, she’s correcting homework… and the deadbeats are the other office supplies in the teacher’s desk.

Snippet: Where are my helpers?

Stapler, Scissors, Pencil

Eraser, Pushpin, Highlighter!

Are you hiding in the drawer?

Get up here now! Let’s get to work.

BONUS! See the video!

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Chapter Book of the Day

Till Death Do Us Bark: 43 Old Cemetery Road: Book 3

by Kate Klise (Author) and M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)

144 pages

Booktalk: When a shaggy dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatuis B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiastic — especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. (A story told in letters.)

Snippet: Dear Olive and Mr. Grumply,

A dog followed me home from the library today. I’ve always wanted a dog, and this one has a lot of personality. He even smiles!

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My Book of the Week

Road Work Ahead by Anastasia Suen

A transportation picture book

  • Copyright: 2011
  • Ages: 3-5
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Viking

“Suen’s sparse rhyming verse leads readers through the busy scenes and uses simple vocabulary that suits both the youngest listeners and those just beginning to read.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

“A batch of Grandma’s homemade oatmeal cookies beckons, but for this backseat narrator, the sights and sounds along the road to her house are equally compelling.” ~ Publishers Weekly

Activities:

Play the Road Signs Matching Game.

Take the online Traffic Sign Quiz for Kids.

Watch the construction site video.

Make a Traffic Light Necklace with yarn and stickers.

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Literary Links

How are picture book apps created? Editor Anne Hoppe shows us with @alyankovic’s WHEN I GROW UP (via @thepageturn)

Nominate a book for the Cybils awards!

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Site Meter My NEW book, The Zombie Project (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #128)

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Mysteries!

Picture Book of the Day

Argus

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.”

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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?”

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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?

Activities:

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!

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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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Literary Link

Jury Duty Screening Consists Of A Questionnaire – And Now Your Tweets, Too (via @alltwtr)

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Site Meter My NEW book is here!

Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

Copyright © 2011 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

Great Books

Picture Book of the Day

Grandpa’s Tractor

by Michael Garland (Author, Illustrator)

Booktalk: Grandpa Joe brings his grandson Timmy back to the old family farm…

Snippet: Grandpa Joe and Timmy were going to see the old farm where Grandpa Joe used to live when he was a boy.

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Chapter Book of the Day

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories

edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

384 pages

Booktalk: Read your favorite authors’ stories about bullying–as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, as perpetrators.

Snippet:

End of the World

by Jessica Brody

Everybody asks

But no one wonders why.

I laugh as you pretend

to take interest in my life,

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5 Great Firehouse Books

Clifford The Firehouse Dog

by Norman Bridwell (Author, Illustrator)

Clifford helps out his brother, the firehouse dog. Picture book

Dear Dragon Goes to the Fire House

by Margaret Hillert (Author) and David Schimmell (Illustrator)

A boy and his class (and his pet dragon) visit the firehouse. Level 1 easy reader

Firehouse!

by Mark Teague (Author, Illustrator)

Edward the dog visits the firehouse and tries to become a firefighter. Picture book

Flat Stanley and the Firehouse

by Jeff Brown (Author) and Macky Pamintuan (Illustrator)

Flat Stanley wins a trip to the firehouse. Level 2 easy reader

Little Critter: Going to the Firehouse

by Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)

Little Critter and his class go on a trip to the firehouse. Level 1 easy reader

BONUS! See the Firehouse! video!

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Literary Links

My new book Road Work Ahead (Viking) is on tour at Great Kid Books today!

EverythingMom reviews Road Work Ahead. “The text uses simple vocabulary in a fun rhyme making it easy for beginner readers.”

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Site Meter My NEW book is here!

Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

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Close to the Sea

Picture Book of the Day

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story

by April Halprin Wayland (Author) and Stephane Jorisch (Illustrator)

Booktalk: A boy named Izzy celebrates Jewish New Year at the water’s edge…

Snippet: Izzy loves this changing time of year. Some days sunglasses, someday sweaters. Apples, honey, the sound of the shofar, and his favorite part of Rosh Hashanah:

Tashlich!

BONUS! See the video!

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Chapter Book of the Day

Chasing the Nightbird

by Krista Russell (Author)

208 pages

Booktalk: Fourteen-year-old Lucky Valera is a seasoned sailor on the crew of the whaling ship, Nightbird. But when his estranged older brother suddenly kidnaps him off the docks and forces him into servitude at the mill, his life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. The Underground Railroad looks like the answer, but plans go awry. How can Lucky find freedom?

Snippet:

New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1851

If it were true that seagulls possessed the souls of dead sailors, Lucky Valera wondered which of his shipmates was diving at him from the June morning sky.

BONUS! See the video!

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Road Work Ahead blog tour underway!

September 19-23 Road Work Ahead blog tour

Visit the Road Work Ahead Facebook page for news and activities *

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Literary Link

The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules (via New York Times)

Banned Books Week is 9/24 – 10/1 — check the YouTube page for new videos throughout the week! (via @harpercollins)

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Site Meter My NEW book is here!

Read and Write Sports: Readers Theatre and Writing Activities for Grades 3-8

Copyright © 2011 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.