Hello friends! We are having picture-perfect Spring weather, aren’t we? How appropriate that we are celebrating the latest book release by area member Chiêu Anh Urban!
Get ready for an inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of vibrant flowers right before their eyes! Turn the wheels to create and change the bold colors of spring in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teaches the joy and wonder of color.
Kirkus Review (January 2017) had this to say – “An upbeat, four-line rhyme… cute cartoony illustrations with vivid colors… Toddlers will enjoy the repetition…The vibrant insects and colors…bring together a colorful springboard book.”
Chiêu Anh Urban is a published author, illustrator, graphic designer, and format designer who specializes in developing innovative formats and interactive books for the very young. Chiêu’s forthcoming projects include the second book in her color-mixing novelty series COLOR WONDER: WINTER IS HERE! (Little Simon, Oct. 2017), QUIET AS A MOUSE (Sterling, Nov. 2017), and 123 GO! (FSG, 2018) . She is the creator of COLOR WONDER: HOORAY FOR SPRING!, AWAY WE GO! and the author of RAINDROPS: A SHOWER OF COLORS. Head over to Chiêu’s website and blog to learn more about her.
Congratulations, Chiêu! Best of luck with your latest release!
Happy almost Conference Day! Seems like yesterday we were opening registration and rolling out the first of our faculty interviews. I’m so excited for all of the attendees, because each of you are on your unique journey that I hope finds your dreams fulfilled. This conference is an important step!
Please read (or reread) Laura’s terrific roundup of all things conference: Everything From Dreaming to Doing Conference: Tips, Links and More!
Also, try to take the time to catch up on our faculty visitors to the Cyber Café, especially if you are receiving a critique or portfolio review:
- Veronica Bartles, author
- Julie Dietzel-Glair, freelance writer and library consultant
- Mary Fan, author
- Katy Kelly, author
- Andrea Morrison, Literary agent with Writers House
- Leila Sales, Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
- Laura Shovan, poet, author, editor, educator
- Thao Le, Literary agent
- Patricia Hruby Powell, author
- Alyssa Nassner, illustrator and designer
- Liz Kossnar, Associate Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator
Last but not least, don’t forget to go over the email that our co-RA Sue Poduska sent out last week and print out all pertinent information.
Have a magnificent weekend!
Hey Folks! From Dreaming to Doing is just two days away! Are you pumped? You better be with our amazing Keynote Speaker, Bruce Coville!
Mr. Coville has published over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien. His works have appeared in a dozen languages and won children’s choice awards in as many states. He is also the founder of FULL CAST AUDIO, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings for family listening. Mr. Coville lives in Syracuse, New York with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville.
Mr. Coville will be giving two presentations this weekend. His Saturday Keynote is “The Dance of Plot and Character” ~ Writers are concerned about plot. Writers are concerned about character. But what we should really be concerned about is the ways in which plot and character intersect – how plot reveals character, and how character drives plot. In this presentation, Bruce Coville will focus on these dual, intertwined aspects of storytelling, as demonstrated in his famous “Puddle Story.”
On Sunday, he will be presenting “The Light Fantastic” ~ Fantasy is one of the most beloved branches of children’s literature. In this session veteran fantasy writer Bruce Coville (Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher) will provide an in-depth look at the hows and whys of writing fantasy, starting with an “annotated storytelling” of two chapters from the first book in his acclaimed Magic Shop series and concluding with a series of concrete tips to apply to your own writing.
How lucky are we?
Have a great Wednesday, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with some last-minute links and tips. See you then!
We are now one week away from the From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference, only one week away! I’ve tried to figure you how many years I’ve been attending our region’s annual conferences … wow, around fifteen, give or take? But I do know that I’ve loved each and every one. Why? Because everyone there understands the significance of this scene from Wonder Boys so well: Continue reading
We’re getting closer to our 2017 From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference! Many of you have submitted manuscripts for a critique with your fingers crossed, hoping you’re assigned to an editor or agent. But what if you’re paired with an author instead? Presenter Erin Hagar explains why that can still be a career-changer below. Continue reading
Happy Friday! We’re wrapping up this week with another From Dreaming to Doing faculty interview. Please welcome Julie Dietzel-Glair to the Cyber Cafè!
Julie is a Freelance Writer and Library Consultant. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on the (John) Newbery Medal Selection Committee. She also evaluates and discusses children’s and teen literature as a member of Capitol Choices. She has worked in public libraries and now provides training sessions for library staff and writes books to help children’s librarians do storytime.
Julie will be participating in the Picture Books and Reviews panel (with Minh Le, Julie Dietzel-Glair, Alyssa Nassner, Leila Sales, Susan Stockdale, and Calef Brown). This panel of accomplished authors, illustrators, agents, editors and reviewers will discuss everything you need to know (or at least as much as they can cover in 50 minutes) about the picture book review process and the reality of what it’s like to have a book out in the world. Continue reading