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NaPoWriMo 2016: Day 1, ‘A Foolish Lune’


A Foolish Lune
by Kimberly Bower

Be on guard today
April’s fools
All come out to play.

A lune is a poetic form consisting of 3 lines with a 5-3-5 syllable pattern. An alternate form counts words rather than syllables.

Photo credit: Instagram @vib_shukla

Great Poetry Picture Books

April is Poetry Month. Check out this great selection of children’s picture books.

I am spending most of the day in my classroom getting it ready for after spring break.  As I thought of what picture books to display I immediately knew that I had to celebrate April which is poetry month.  So as I pulled all of our favorite poetry(ish) picture books to put them on display, I thought I should share what my students will hopefully be enticed to read.  Please add your favorites as well.  These are in no particular order.

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston and illustrated by Jim LaMarche

The Big Box by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, illustrated by Giselle Potter

All Different Now: Juneteenth, The First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis

What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by August Hall

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse illustrated by Jon J. Muth

One Today by Richard Blanko…

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FINDING WINNIE by Lindsay Mattick

Stacy’s website is a treasure trove of reviews for adult books, primarily thrillers, but even she couldn’t resist this #kidlit book. Check out her site and enjoy this review of the 2016 Caldecott Medal Winning title, ‘Finding Winnie’ by Lindsay Mattick.

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The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

I don’t review children’s books as a rule, but every now and then something comes to my attention and I am compelled to share it. I absolutely fell in love with this book.  A short explanation first…

Every year I like to look at the Newbery Award and Caldecott Medal winners. They are always excellent children’s books and this year was particularly exciting. According to CNN, Matt de la Peña is the first Latino author to win the Newbery Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature for his book “Last Stop on Market Street,” illustrated by Christian Robinson. It’s a lovely book.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of…

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Three diagrams to make your plot a page-turner

Here’s an interesting post on how to visualize each character’s path in your novel. Enjoy!

Nail Your Novel

Nail Your Novel unexpected plot developmentsI’ve had this question from Elizabeth Lord: I have just finished your book Nail Your Novel and found it extremely helpful for the rewrite phase of my novel. You mention graphs as a way to see where plots are plodding and character arcs intertwine – do you have any examples?

What a good question! Diagrams coming up.

First, though, a bit of explanation. Readers get bored if the plot appears to be predictable – ie the characters start with a goal and proceed doggedly towards it, step by step by step. This is a linear plot and it looks dead dull, like reading the syllabus for an education course, not a story. So when the characters have a clear goal at the start, we try to introduce developments that upset expectations. They’re going on the Orient Express? Great. Make one of them miss the train. Now everyone has a new…

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Here’s a KidLit story for you on World Read Aloud Day 2016


Need a story for #WorldReadAloudDay 2016? How about sharing one of my favorite stories – ‘Interrupting Chicken‘ by David Ezra Stein – read by yours truly.
‘Interrupting Chicken’ read aloud on YouTube
#readallthebooks #wrad16

‘Emily Arrow’s Storytime Singalong Vol. 1’ album launched Feb 20, Once Upon a Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA

On February 20, 2016, Emily Arrow launched her first album, ‘Emily Arrow’s Storytime Singalong Vol. 1’ on location at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Montrose, CA. According to Ms. Arrow, this bookstore was ‘where it all began’. The show began at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time Zone and was broadcast live on @helloemilyarrow on Periscope. If you missed the live show, the recording is archived on Periscope.

Emily Arrow ‘is the 2015 Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Children’s Category for her song, The Curious Garden Song. The song was inspired by the book The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Emily was also a finalist in the 2015 Great American Song Contest and the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (from her website).”

Ms. Arrow writes music for children inspired by today’s popular children’s books. She desires to instill the love of reading, music, art and literature through her songs. She sings original compositions and reads children’s books regularly at Once Upon A Time Bookstore, in Montrose, CA, and Children’s Book World in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Arrow will be touring the album across the United States at schools, libraries and bookstores.

For more information about the album, ‘Emily Arrow’s Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1’, visit her website, Emily Arrow, or iTunes. For a song-by-song commentary, visit Matthew Winner’s website, All The Wonders.





100 FREE Sock Knitting Patterns – The Knit Wit by Shair

[#blogpost] ‘100 #free #sockknitting #patterns’ by #TheKnitWitbyShair There’s bound to be one in here that’s perfect for you. Enjoy!


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