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Kidlitosphere Blog Comment Challenge

Almost three weeks ago I discovered Kidlitosphere and the Comment Challenge. Kidlitosphere is a community of people who blog about children's and young adult literature. The challenge was to post comments on 100 blog sites within a 3 week period, which amounts to around 5 comments per day.

It sounded easy enough.  Read More 
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Caldecott Awards 2010

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Cladecott Medal winner for 2010 is "The Lion & the Mouse," illustrated and written by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers).

2010 Honor Books include "All the World," illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon, published by Beach Lane Books. And "Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors," illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What wouldn't an author give to have their book chosen as a Caldecott Award Book!

But how can an author, who is not an illustrator as well, make a difference?

What if our words could inspire the most fantastic pictures in the mind of the illustrator! So much so, that their hands and fingers would magically translate those wonderful pictures to paper, which become pages in a book. And in the end, the eyes of a child could see into the heart of our story.

For an author, isn't that what's it's all about? Words, inspiring pictures, inspiring a child?

May our words and pictures work together to inspire the hearts and minds of children. I do so appreciate the illustrators who translate my words into pictures to that end. Read More 
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Welcome home Luke! and Toddler Conversation

Baby Luke finally arrived on Tuesday evening! Of course he is absolutely beautiful!
Big brother Logan and I got to meet him yesterday. PapPap comes on Friday. Today Mommy and Daddy brought him home.

Big brother, little brother. Small hand over smaller hand. The wonder of babies, and toddlers.

"He squeaked."
"Yes, it sounded like a squeak."
"He's looking at me!"
"Yes, he is."
"Can I hold him?"
"Only when mommy and daddy are with you."
"Can I feed him?"
"With mommy and daddy's help."
"Can I kiss him?"
"On his head."
"Can horsey kiss him?"
"Only on his head."
"What's he doing?"
"Making faces."
"He tooted!"
"Yes, he did."
"Can I see his diaper?"
"Yes. Will you bring me a clean diaper?"

Dialogue. Simple. To the point.

Welcome to the world, Precious grandson Luke. Read More 
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Grandkids and Picture Books Waiting to be Written

I'm writing this from St. Peters (near St. Louis), as I'm waiting for our newest grandson to arrive. My husband is fending for himself while I get to spend time with our kids and the grandchildren that we don't get to see often enough.

What fun hanging out with 2 and 3 year-olds! What imaginations they have already! They enjoy the most simple things, and notice the smallest details. The things that picture books are made of.

I'm working on my new year's resolutions. I've joined jacketflap, a community of people who have an interest in children's books in some way (visit me at http://www.jacketflap.com/parcher), and posted on my facebook page. I brought books to read, but will read some children's books here first. It's at least a start on those goals for 2010.

I still have a hard time remembering to write '2010' but it's off to a good start! Read More 
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