World-Building Errors, as Illustrated by Divergent

Guest Post by Almitra Clay

Even if you haven’t read it or seen the movie, chances are you are aware of Veronica Roth’s Divergent. In the first book of this Young Adult trilogy of novels, a teen girl named Tris switches from one of her dystopian society’s factions to another, in the process revealing, and rebelling against, the ugly nature of her community.

Divergent is as delightfully nail-biting…

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Book Review: Louise Loves Art, by Kelly Light

LOUISE LOVES ART by Kelly Light is now in Bookstores!!


By Diana Zipeto



I preordered Kelly Light’s debut picture book, Louise Loves Art, in August. I had seen Louise’s big red glasses and lanky gray cat all over The Horn Book magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, everywhere there could possibly be an announcement of the exciting new picture books for fall.

I had the opportunity to meet Kelly…

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What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 1

What’s in a Character’s Name? Part 1

By Alison Potoma

The etymologyof names is something that has always interested me. When I was in high school, writing plays, I went to the local book store and purchased a baby name book. This was before the internet was a thing. My parents were worried for half a second, until they realized I was looking up the origins of names. Geeky, I know, but fun! If you don’t mind me sharing, Alison means…

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Back to School, Back to Work!

Back to School, Back to Work!

GUEST POST by Carrie Charley Brown

You’ve taken the first day of school pictures, posted them on Facebook,  and sent the kids back to school, backpacks and all.  YAY!  Some of you are rushing off to work yourselves. Then there are others, like me, who are working from home.  We all have our own sets of challenges.

Personally, I struggle with the early morning wake-up call.  When I…

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Meet amazing author/illustrator: Jenny Kostecki-Shaw

Meet amazing author/illustrator: Jenny Kostecki-Shaw

Jenny & Tulsi
Jenny & Tulsi

Jenny and her daughter, Tulsi

chai_pilgrimageI loved Jenny Kostecki-Shaw’s work from the minute I read her books. They are beautifully illustrated with wonderful themes – kid friendly and parent friendly. And when I got to meet her, I felt her warmth from within. She’s a special, talented, amazing lady . Her book Same, Same But Different won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award and if you like chai tea, you will want…

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Winner of Mira Reisberg’s GIVEAWAY!!!

Congrats Kim Chaffee! You won a free manuscript critique from Mira!!!


And Annie Bailey is the winner of the super special prize—one of two highly reviewed courses from the Children’s Book Academy!

grammar groove

Get Your Grammar Groove, a course taught by Miranda Paul or Writing Wonderful Character Driven Picture Books with Marsha Diane Arnold!   Hooray!!!!

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