Category Archives: Book Talk

Read Local Challenge!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! There’s something very cool and awesome going on from now until April 30th: the Read Local Challenge put together by our very own PAL coordinator, Veronica Bartles! Please support your local authors and illustrators by spreading the … Continue reading

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Give ‘Em A Book!

Happy winter holiday season everybody! Got gift-giving on your mind? If you missed it, The Baltimore Sun ran an article in the A&E section last Sunday by Paula Willey, a librarian at the Parkville branch of the Baltimore County Public … Continue reading

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Book Release Celebration for PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING by Laura Gehl!

Happy book birthday, congratulations, and a mighty woo-HOO to Laura Gehl for yesterday’s release of her latest picture book, PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING, illustrated by Joyce Wan! Egg is not hatching. No way. No how. It is too scary … Continue reading

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Congratulations to David Teague for his latest book release!

Hmm, didn’t I just do a book release post for David Teague in December?? Yes, it was for his picture book, THE RED HAT, and now he’s had another book released this week? Wow, David is on a roll! So congratulations and … Continue reading

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Happy Book Birthday to Kathy MacMillan!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to Kathy MacMillan for today’s release of her debut young adult novel, SWORD AND VERSE! (HarperTeen, 2016.) In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley calls “fascinating and unique,” debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves … Continue reading

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Happy (Belated) Book Birthday: THE RED HAT by David Teague

Congratulations and a major woo-HOO to David Teague for the December 8th release of his second picture book, THE RED HAT, with Disney Hyperion, illustrated by Antoinette Portis! Billy Hightower spends his whole life alone in a skyscraper high above … Continue reading

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SCBWI Launch Party!

First off, congratulations to those of you who participated in the NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo challenges! If you’re a winner, please let me know in the comments so I can give you a big shout-out later this week. Until then, let’s … Continue reading

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Preparation for Illustration

Happy Friday, everyone! In the interests of getting ready for next month’s NaNoWriMo/PiBoIdMo, I thought there might be interest in one of the aspects of children’s book illustrating: specifically, the research an illustrator does for a non-fiction  picture book.

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Happy Book Birthday to Marisa de los Santos and David Teague!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to David Teague and Marisa de los Santos for today’s release of their second mid-grade novel, Connect the Stars! From Saving Lucas Biggs authors Marisa de los Santos and David Teague comes a heartwarming middle … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Summer Reading – Books I never get tired of

When I was younger, my mom never understood why I would read some books over and over and over again, since I knew exactly what was going to happen. But to me, my favorite books were like comfort food and sometimes, … Continue reading

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