Middle Grade Books Serve As Windows and Mirrors by Shannon Hitchcock

I first thought about Middle Grade books as windows and mirrors when listening to Grace Lin’s TED Talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” Grace says kids need to see themselves i…

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August 2016 Contest Roundup

There’s quite a variety of contests coming up within the next couple of months and beyond. In this month’s Roundup you’ll find pitch opportunities, short story competitions, and m…

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10 Mentor Texts to Lift the Level of Students’ Narrative Writing by Stacey Shubitz

As an educator, I’ve come to believe it’s important to know a small collection of books intimately.  Not only does this make sense financially, but having a handful of mentor texts you know well al…

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Developing Unique Voices

I wish I was heading to the beach with Laura Logan’s fun characters. One of the things an author tries to accomplish in their books is to write characters with unique voices. The ultimate wou…

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Sign up for #KidlitSummerSchool 2016!

If you’ve already registered for Kidlit Summer School 2016… Hooray! You don’t need to register again, but you can still take advantage of the GIVEAWAY we are offering at the end o…

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What’s New at School? Free Webinar! More Posts! (+ a #Giveaway!)

Come join the Nerdy Chicks Write for Kidlit Summer School.

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badge final 4x4-brighter heartYou know how it goes, every year when school starts back up students want to know what has changed, what’s the same, and who is going to be around. Same thing happens with Kidlit Summer School, right? So we thought we’d fill you in on some exiting changes! For the first time ever, we are offering a week of PRE-Kidlit Summer School posts. For this awesome week of inspiration, five members of our KLSS Faculties from our first two years have volunteered to share their winning strategies for getting into the writing groove. Look for posts NEXT WEEK from Jen Malone, John Claude Bemis, Rebecca Petruck, Kristine Asselin, and Tara Lazar! Their wisdom will pave the way for  you to get psyched and excited about writing. Then we’ll take the week of July fourth off for these great ideas to percolate, and hit the books with…

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Interview with “Fearless Flyer” author Heather Lang

Last week I wrote about my happy discovery of nonfiction kids’ books by Heather Lang. Her most recent title is “Fearless Flyer,” about early aviatrix Ruth Law. This week Heather a…

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Badge and Banner for #KidlitSummerSchool 2016 designed by by @BonnieAdamson ! Plus a #Giveaway!

We are thrilled to reveal this year’s badge and banner for Kidlit Summer School 2016. Designed by the wonderful co-founder of #Kidlitchat, the extremely talented Bonnie Adamson, these little …

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Is My Query Letter Ready For Submission?

Check it out: a flowchart to check your query before submitting to agents. I got to help with its creation (thanks, David!) and I love how comprehensive this is. Now instead of thumbing through the…

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What I’ll Say to my Children if I’m Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s

I was skimming some other dementia blogs lately and a reader had written in saying, that though she felt guilty about it, she wished her mother would die in her sleep and not have to continue livin…

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