Children’s Book Week–And Why I’m A Champion

ImageIf you are the observant type, you noticed the Children’s Book Week Champion badge that I added to the blog a few days ago. If you’re the lazy not-so-observant type like me, you’re now glancing around the blog, saying, “I don’t see any Children’s Book Week badge. I don’t know what Cathy’s blah-blah-blahing about–oh. Never mind.”

So, ahem. Let’s just move on to Children’s Book Week and why I champion it.

1. It’s all about a celebration of books and the joys of reading for young people. How can you NOT champion that?

2. You (and by you, I mean you who have something to do with schools and/or libraries) can get a free and very cool poster, art by Brian Selznick. (He’s a Caldecott winner, amazing illustrator, SO many books…well, perhaps you should just go read for yourself here.)

3. You (and by you, I mean any old you) can download this cool bookmark by Newbery Honor author/illustrator, Grace Lin. (You’ll want to check out her website. It’s also very cool and free to peruse.)

4. You (and by you, I mean the writer you who would like someday to get that much-loved manuscript into the hands of children everywhere) can get a very good idea of what children love to read when you take a look at the list of book finalists. If you haven’t read these books yet, perhaps you should. (And by perhaps, I mean definitely.)

So if you know a kid who loves to read, give that child the chance to celebrate the joys of reading. Ask him or her to vote. (Oh! Teachers, librarians and booksellers can vote, too!) Cast your vote, you and you and you,too. And I’ll stop blah-blah-blahing about Children’s Book Week.

(Um, I can’t really guarantee that. I do SO love books.)

Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Knowonder (It’s a Book!)

hermans-horrible-day-cover-5.5-x-8.5 A while back, I shared with you about a new market for children’s writers called knowonder. And then I shared that I had a story published at knowonder called “The Chocolate Cake Bait.” You’d think that would be enough, but you’d be wrong. Because now, my story’s been included in one of the knowonder story collections: Herman’s Horrible Day.

I love what’s going on over at knowonder. And I love lists. So let’s put the two together!

1. I love that the editorial team is so responsive to their market. When they realized that parents weren’t as likely to read the stories from electronic devices, they developed a paper format. They’ve published four volumes of story collections now (but they have Kindle versions as well for those parents who really like electronic format and cost).

2. I love their Story-a-day initiative. When the Junior Halls were Wee Halls, we enjoyed a lot of reading. Each child had his or her reading preferences. Oldest Junior Hall was my “read-aloud stories” kid. He had quite the imagination, and honestly, he could listen to me read for hours. I think he’d still sit down for a good listen if I offered a read. (Is that weird for a twenty-something?) Juniorette Hall would rather read for herself, thank you very much. And Juniorest Hall found a story he liked and wanted it read over and over and over and…you get the picture. The point is, each of these kids read every day. (Sometimes the same story, but still.) And they reaped the benefits of daily reading. I love that knowonder is all about providing stories every day, with enough different stories to reach every reader in the home.

3. I love that they pay their writers –and that they offer promotional support as well. Yes, they’re a business model, and they want to succeed financially. But I appreciate the passion behind why they want to succeed. They want kids to read. And that’s why I write stories.

Know wonder I love ’em so much!

P.S. Speaking of writing stories, before you write the first word of your next story, you may want to read my post over at The Muffin. Then get to work. Knowonder needs lots of stories (and articles, too)!

Finding a Way to Save the World

dscn18012Buy five books, save the world.

Okay, it’s hyperbole. But I’m a big fan of hyperbole. Also books. And of course, saving the world. So when I came across the Better World Books website, I kinda hit the jackpot!

Here’s how these fine folks work: you buy books through their site, and they use the funds to support global literacy programs. Not just any kind of books, either. Used books. I really like the idea of recycling books.

I like the prices, too. Right now, they’re having a Bargain Blowout where you can buy five books for $15.00. Oh, and there’s no shipping fees! And with the money this business makes, kids are learning to read, all over the world.  And who knows where knowledge will lead?

See what I mean? Buy five books and save the world. Beautiful.