Friday’s Fun Finds, Kidlit Style

I do so love my regional SCBWI conferences, and honestly, I could list a dozen reasons why. But for today, I’ll stick to the two that Cathy-on-a-Stick helped me find this past weekend in Decatur, Georgia, when Springmingle hit the town.

2015-03-14 13.49.04You know how you read a book because you meet an author somewhere online and you love the book and then you find out the author is coming to your little hometown conference so you finally get to meet her?

I love when that happens! So you can imagine how thrilled I was when Kami Kinard showed up and we finally had a chance to meet in person and, you know, chill a little. Her books are fun and funny and engaging and smart. Pretty much like Kami.

2015-03-13 18.54.16And then there’s the author who is your keynote speaker and you see the title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and you think I have to read that book and after you do, you think everyone should read that book. So I was thrilled to meet Meg Medina, too!

Well. You can see why Cathy-on-a-Stick was pretty much beside herself, havin’ fun, kidlit style.

Friday’s Fun Find: WILD THINGS!

wild-things-cover-214x300Sometimes, an act of mischief happens along and you end up sending out a blog post accidentally.

(Um…oopsies.)

But other times, an act of mischief has to do with children’s literature and Wild Things, the book (and website) that reveals “secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises” about the books you grew up with and loved to bits.

Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta gathered all these scathingly brilliant anecdotes (and included a few leftovers for us on the website!) so we can all enjoy a little kidlit mischief.

(Um…without sending blog goofs out into the world–)