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Meet Editor behind The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Meet the Editor Behind The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a book published? Let’s take a look at Walden Pond Press and The Real Boy by Anne Ursu and meet the editor, Jordan Brown.

the team behind the real boy, Anne Ursu, Walden Pond Press

Name: Jordan Brown

Title: Senior Editor, Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Children’s Books

Role at Walden Pond Press: I read and evaluate manuscripts for potential acquisition, work with the authors we acquire on revising and polishing their work, and serve as the author’s liaison and the general in-house champion for the book where production, packaging, and promotion are concerned. Read more…

Pi Day, How Pi tells stories, Navigating Early

How Pi Tells Stories: Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! To celebrate, we are going to explore the idea of Pi and story telling. Can the infinite sequence of the number Pi tell a story? Am I nuts to even think this?

pi

noun: the sixteenth letter of the Greek alphabet ( Ππ ), transliterated as ‘p.’

symbol: the numerical value of pi.

pi =3.14159265359…

Newbery award winner Clare Vanderpool’s Navigating Early tells a story with Pi. And Vi Hart has a take on Pi and Shakespeare. So It Can Be Done! Let’s explore the stories that Pi tells.

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Rebecca Stead from secret writer to newbery author

Rebecca Stead: From Attorney to Secret Writer to Newbery Winner!

Are you ready for an inspiring story? Rebecca Stead’s journey from lawyer to mom to secret writer to published author to Newbery Award winning author in just a few skips and a jump. Seriously, watching her writing career might make you think that Rebecca’s Newbery comes from the Lottery of God Given Talent.

But she would say otherwise. I think it’s interesting that motherhood gave her that break in her career to consider other possibilities. She became a “secret writer.” Are there any other secret writers out there? (I’m working on a chapter book!)

I love the idea of a secret writer. It’s not quite bold enough to proclaim: I AM MAKING A CAREER CHANGE AND INTEND TO WRITE SOMETHING PRETTY MIND BLOWING. JUST A HEADS UP.  DON’T FREAK OUT MOM AND DAD. YOU’LL BE PROUD!

A secret writer is quite a modest endeavor, equal parts hope, anxiety, and butt-in-chair. And I think that’s the difference between a would-be writer and a secret writer. Discipline. Butt-in-chair. Writing 1,000 words a day. Or some set amount.

Rebecca Stead, Liar and Spy, Guys Read Other Worlds, Leslie College Read more…

2014Caldecott

2014 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz Awards and More!

Live cast of the awards is here! Here are the winners and honor books!

 

Caldecott Medal and Honor Books 2014

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

2014 Caldecott Winner

Locomotive by Brian Floca

2014 Caldecott Honor Books

Journey by Aaron Becker

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

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third grade read aloud chapter books, books for third grade, chapter books third grade

10 Perfect Read Aloud Books for 3rd Grade

I had the great fortune to meet The Nerdy Book Club founders at a dinner for Anne Ursu hosted by Walden Pond Press to celebrate her latest chapter book, The Real Boy. (It’s wonderful. I put it on my  Newbery 2014 Contenders list! And it just won a Middle Grade Fiction Nerdie).

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Colby Sharp, one of The Nerdy Book Club founders, mentioned that he was teaching third grade this year, a move from years spent teaching fourth grade and I got very excited because I have a son in third grade! Quickly and not surprisingly, we started talking about perfect third grade read aloud books. And the weird thing is that my son’s teacher had read all three perfect third grade books that Colby mentioned! And in that exact order! Great minds think alike?!

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  2. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  3. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Read more…
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Books for Kids To Celebrate MLK Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

image from Wikipedia

To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 20th, I thought I would compile my previous posts on MLK day and the Civil Rights Movement.  I hope these lists will be helpful if you are looking for a children’s book to celebrate MLK day or Black History Month in February.

 

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with 3 Children’s Books

If you need just three books, I’ve chosen my favorite picture book, advanced picture book and chapter book to tell the story of the civil rights from three points of view. The great man himself in his own words. Ruby Bridge’s story as told by her child psychologist Dr. Robert Coles. And through the point of view of a Caucasian girl trying to figure out what was going on when her town pool closed to avoid desegregation.

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Multicultural children's book day, celebrating diversity in children's literature

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Coming Up!

Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book and I are getting excited for January 27th to roll around so we can celebrate multicultural children’s books along with all of you and many wonderful parenting and children’s book bloggers! So far, more than two dozen bloggers have signed up to help us celebrate diversity in children’s books and we will be matching them up with books from publishers!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Books

January 27, 2014

Multicultural Children's Book Day

Our wonderful sponsors include:

Platinum Sponsor: Wisdom Tales Press

Multicultural Children's Book Day Sponsors Wisdom Tales

Wisdom Tales publishes both children’s and teen titles and was created for the purpose of sharing the wisdom, beauty, and values of traditional cultures and peoples from around the world with young readers and their families.

World Wisdom has been publishing children’s books by Caldecott medal winner, Paul Goble, since 2005; since 2002 it has produced many acclaimed books that are well-suited for teens, especially those about the American Indians. Read more…

Caldecott, Newbery and Printz 2014

Caldecott, Newbery and Printz 2014 Contenders

I thought I’d update my post on predicting the Caldecott, Newbery and Printz possible 2014 winners now that the year is almost to a close. What are your favorites? Care to make a prediction for the Caldecott, Newbery or Printz? It doesn’t matter if it wins or not!

Possible Caldecott 2014 Winners

Journey by Aaron Becker

A wordless picture book seems to have an advantage in an award for best illustration. I’ll put my money on this one if a wordless picture book takes it though Bluebird by Bob Staake is another strong contender! My son loved Harold and the Purple Crayon series and this is Harold Meets Where The Wild Things Are but with a girl heroine and in a magical castle setting! The artwork is lush with details of the little girl’s imagined world that is realized through a magical red crayon.

I think Journey and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild! both have an equal shot at winning the Caldecott award. Whoever doesn’t get it between these two picture books, will surely get a Caldecott honor.

Bluebird by Bob Staake

In his most beautiful and moving work to date, Bob Staake explores the universal themes of loneliness, bullying, and the importance of friendship. In this emotional picture book, readers will be captivated as they follow the journey of a bluebird as he develops a friendship with a young boy and ultimately risks his life to save the boy from harm. Both simple and evocative, this timeless and profound story will resonate with readers young and old. 

I have to get this book. Even my husband was raving about it from a review he found online. Wordless picture books seem to have en edge for a Caldecott too. We also love Bob Staake’s Look a Book! and Look Another Book!

If I were to vote, I’d pick Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. His illustrations are extraordinary! There’s something about the graphic nature with subdued colors contrasting with the pop of orange tiger. I love the story too!

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.

I think all kids (and even adults) can relate to feeling confined by rules. Mr. Tiger decides to shake things up by leaving his civilized life behind and go a little wild. Eventually, he returns because he misses his friends and he finds that perhaps his influence has rubbed off. Everyone at home is little wild too!

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20 Gentle Chapter Books for a Young Boy

20 Gentle Chapter Books for a Young Boy

I wanted to do a boy version of the 20 Gentle Books for a Young Girl at the request of a reader. I tried not to duplicate books but there are many on the girls’ list of 20 Gentle Books that would also be great for boys.

In making this list, I tend towards more old fashioned books but gentle books for boys can also be modern. What are your favorite gentle chapter books for a young boy? Please share! Thank you!

 

20 Gentle Chapter Books for a Young Boy

10. Frindle by Andrew Clements

A delightful early chapter book that every boy in 3rd grade seems to love at my elementary school. Nicholas Allen invents the word “frindle” to replace the word “pen.” For him, it not really an act of rebellion, it’s more an outlet to explore the power of ideas. Frindle catches on much to the consternation of his Language Arts teacher, but is she really upset? [ages 7-10]

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