Our regional paper, the Columbia River Reader hosts an annual haiku poetry contest called Haikufest. This year there were 204 entries. I won First Place in the Traditional Category with this poem. Poppies remember; their petals silent witness of true sacrifice. Check out the other winners at: http://www.crreader.com . (I wrote under the pen name… Continue reading Haikufest Winner
Happy Valentine's Day, Readers! I am participating in Susannah Leonard Hill's 4th Annual Valentiny Contest. https://susannahill.com/2019/02/13/oh-guilty-heart-the-4th-annual-valentiny-writing-contest/ The rules for the contest are that it must be 214 words or fewer (not including title), be written for children, and someone in the story must feel guilty (each year Hill chooses a different emotion for us to… Continue reading Valentiny Contest Entry
Fascinating insights on the history and relationship between A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.
Today I want to share with you a snapshot into the lives of children’s book illustrator, E. H. Shepard, and writer, A. A. Milne, from the fascinating book I’ve been reading called, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood,” by Kathryn Aalto.
E. H. Shepard’s mother was Harriet Jessie Lee. She had grown up with an artist father. Therefore, she encouraged her son’s interest in drawing by providing notebooks and pencils for him to carry with him wherever he went. Kathryn Aalto says on page 57, “Through time, he developed a photographic memory for drawing scenes, events, and gestures.”
Shepard experienced a happy childhood with his parents and two older siblings until he was eleven. But Aalto says on page 58, “One day his mother, bedridden for months, bid the children a cheery goodbye for what they perhaps thought…
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I know it’s been a REALLY long time since you’ve heard from me. I am working on a fantastic blog post at the moment… But, in the meantime here are some great Christmas gift ideas for the writer (no, I’m not sending hints), or almost anyone, on your gift list. Cheers!
Yeah, I may receive a “cease and desist” letter from the Peanuts people any minute for using that image as my header, so let me get right to my first “write” gift…the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
What kidlit writer doesn’t love Schultz’s merry misfit, his pilot puppy, and a girl named after candy?
You get the sensation, right?
Oh geez, those York folks may be after me now, too.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree With Blanket Tree Skirt
Available from Vermont Country Store. (And you may be reminded of Christmases past when I say “some items sold separately” and “some assembly required”.)
Now, time for booties.
No, not baby booties. Book booties…
I’m not the most organized writer, but this looks like it can help. It features an area for notes plus numbered pockets for keeping mind memos and snippets—maybe to represent each chapter?
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I haven’t blogged in a while. It’s been a little busy around here… But this short article resonates with me, and I thought you would enjoy it.
In one month, The Carle Museum of Picture Book art will hold its annual Carle Honors, awarding four people/entities who have made significant contributions to the art form.
Also that evening, September 27th, final bids are accepted on original artwork by picture book masters. The auction goes live on August 31, and you can browse and bid here: https://501auctions.com/carlehonors2018.
If you could ask the Carle Honorees one question, what might it be? My question is here—
“Why are picture books an art form to enjoy not only in childhood, but through every age, every stage of life?”
—and the answers are diverse and delightful, just like picture books themselves.
Paul O. Zelinsky
2018 Carle Honors Artist
“Why are pictures an art form to be enjoyed by people of all ages? Well, that has to be a function of what picture books exist in the world to be enjoyed. Some, aimed…
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My first writing-related article was published in the June 27, 2018 issue of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Oregon Region online newsletter, Newsworthy. Following is a revised version of that article. THE NECESSITY OF SELF-CARE FOR WRITERS The SCBWI-OR conference in May was full of helpful information, inspirational speakers, and networking… Continue reading The Necessity of Self-Care for Writers
In case you’re looking for some weekend reading. I haven’t read this yet, but it’s definitely on my list! #talkinganimals #theoneandonlyivan #readworthy
Review of The ONE and ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate
Yes, I am talking about the 2013 Newbery Award winner. I read it back then and gave it an A+ in my rating scale. For that alone I would have I revisited the story, but hearing it will be a Disney feature next year reminded me to read it again. And when I did, I came across new words I think you’ll appreciate.
The ONE and ONLY IVAN is the fictional tale of a real-life Silverback Gorilla named Ivan who was captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. He spent 27-years alone in a cage in a circus-themed mall in Washington State until public outcry helped relocate him to the gorilla habitat at Zoo Atlanta. He died in 2012 at the age of 50.
Katherine Applegate broke the unspoken rules of…
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