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My blogroll seems to have disappeared.  Archives, too. Hmmm.  I have a few blogs to add, so I’m going to have to get to the bottom of this.

It’s time to nominate books for the Cybils!  There are categories galore!  Give your favorite new books a couple of shout outs, and then get lost in the blogs of the awesome panelists and judges. I nominated A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker in picture books and  Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix in fantasy.  I read Found last week and I had to stay up late to finish it.  Check out the book trailer.

 

 

Also on the bookshelf…

I just finished reading Bunnicula by James Howe to my kid.  He’s been reading the new early reader versions to himself, which I thought might ruin it for him.  It just enhanced the story, and got him through the bits that might be over his head.  I picked up the book Sunday at Powell’s in Portland, and we devoured it.  He identifies with Chester, which isn’t surprising since we had to address him as ‘Cat’ for a year or so when he was three.  Yesterday we started Howliday Inn.  It always amazes me how much wordier books from my childhood are from books that are published today.  I reread Bunnicula, The Westing Game, Ramona- and the pace is so different.  There is so much more narrative, with less emphasis on action and dialogue.  The language isn’t dumbed down either.  There are big words!  I’m sure there were bits I didn’t understand as a kid, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book.  I had to buy a new copy of Bunnicula at Powell’s because my old one fell apart.  I think it might have been my all time favorite book from childhood.

What was yours?

The Fall 2008 Horn Book Guide arrived yesterday.  Yippee! 

Public service announcements!

SInce I’m having sidebar difficulties, I won’t paste the badge for YA for Obama, but I’ll tell you about it.  

YA for Obama

YA for Obama 

YA for Obama

If you’re not registered to vote, you probably only have a couple of days left before the deadline.  It’s not too late.  Go now.  I don’t even care if you’re voting for them.  I prefer if you don’t, but I also prefer democracy to apathy.

Are you swayed by celebrities?  Watch this.  FYI, there are a few f-bombs.

One last thing about Kidlitosphere.  I mentioned after SCBWI LA how things were a wee bit chaotic back home while I was away (Runaway dogs, floods, Sharpied babies….  I hadn’t been out of town without the family since, and I was a tiny bit nervous.  If anything happened this time I didn’t hear about it.  I came home and the baby was ink-free and the HOUSE WAS CLEAN.  Ahhhh.  Bliss.  Thanks, SB! ;)

I write stories for kids while volunteering as the Assistant Regional Advisor and Conference Coordinator for the western Washington chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

I live in Seattle with my family and a small zoo of animals. I drink copious amounts of coffee and assign complicated life stories to passing strangers. I'm currently working on a middle grade novel.

There's a wee bit more on my website. You can also follow me on twitter.

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