Happy Book Birthday: WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY Plus Giveaway

Bookstores have closed their doors! And libraries are shut down! But never fear, parents, teachers, boys and girls…writers are still writing great stories and publishers are still getting them printed! Many bookstores are taking online orders and shipping for FREE or are enabling customers to do curbside pickup!

So today we are honored to sing a HUGE HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to a brand-new Middle Grade novel from one of my favorite kidlit authors, Darlene Beck Jacobson.

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Summer Fun with WOW, Words and Wonderful People

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I just got back from WOW — a Week of Writing retreat at a lovely lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.

  • An unbelievably intimate gathering of writers and mentors – editors, agents and authors who shared their expertise and time so generously. Thank you to Emily Feinberg, Ariel Richardson, Laura Whitaker, Heather Alexander, Jill Corcoran, Sally Apoketak, Kendra Marcus, Minju Chang, Jodell Sadler, Linda Skeers, Dianna Aston, Denise Fleming, Candace Fleming…my cup runneth over.
  • A life-changing opportunity to get feedback on manuscripts from people who know what they are talking about.
  • A chance to hug Facebook friends and critique partners who are part of this incredible kid lit community.
  • And no cooking or cleaning for a week!!!!!!!!!!

Kudos and thanks to Kristen Fulton who put this all together…and to her posse…Rusty Fulton, Jackie Wellington and many more quiet angels who made sure all went smoothly.

On the plane ride to Atlanta, my heart went out to several parents whose fussy little ones had trouble calming down. Traveling isn’t easy for anyone…but it is especially difficult when you have young children. For a couple of great tips on traveling with toddlers…and for some fun word games to play when you keep hearing, “Are we there yet?”, please hop over to Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s blog where I am guest-posting:

https://darlenebeckjacobson.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/traveling-with-toddlers-tips-tools-and-tactics-to-keep-them-smiling-and-keep-you-sane-by-vivian-kirkfield/

Also, today is the first day of KidLit Summer School…don’t miss out: http://nerdychickswrite.com/registration-2/

Hope everyone’s summer is going well! I’d like to put together a list of great places for families…if you and your kids have a favorite local spot, do tell.

 

 

PPBF: Tough Eddie

Hurray! It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday! For more picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

And while you are hopping around the blogsphere, please please please hop over to Darlene Bock-Jacobson – I’m guest posting there today: Summer Activity Tool-Kit For Your Kids.

 

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: Wheels of Change

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others.

For the last month, I’ve been immersed in a different genre of books. I’m taking Jodell Sadler’s Innovative Pacing for MG/YA class. Stacks of middle grade classics sprout from every table, chair and shelf in my house. A Wrinkle in Time. The Borrowers. Little Women. And some of the newer titles as well. The One and Only Ivan. Brown Girl Dreaming. The Braid. We Are Liars. So I hope you will all bear with me as I diverge a bit from the picture book path and give you a review of a brand new historical fiction middle grade book that I just finished reading.

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Wheels of Change

Written by Darlene Beck Jacobson

Publisher: Creston Books (2014)

Ages: 8-13

Themes:

Racial intolerance, being true to yourself

Synopsis:

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