No book review today because I have some things to catch up on :)
First – If you missed my July newspaper column I posted about yesterday (I usually don’t post on Sunday, but the column was published yesterday), please check it out HERE! It is a great double interview with Heidi Rader (author) and Holly Smith (illustrator) of the award-winning book “Moon Over Bioko.”
Secondly – I wanted to report on how this month’s 12×12 challenge went. For those of you who don’t know, I am trying to do Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. It is a challenge to write 12 picture book drafts in 12 months in 2012. You can click on the 12×12 banner on the right side bar or the one above to learn more about it.
If you missed my 12×12 halfway there party check out the post HERE. Update for June – When I looked at the outline I wrote last month for my friendly tornado PB, I didn’t really like it so much, so I went back and rewrote the whole outline and I also started writing it. I didn’t get as far as I wanted, but I am happier with the story now, so I am happy with what I got done :)
Thirdly – I wanted to tell you about a new feature on Youth Tube. Youth Tube is a site for kids to “share their art, videos, stories, reviews, songs, feature books and a whole lot more. Youth Tube’s goal is to encourage “early literacy and children’s creativity.” Dr. Niamh Clune and the team at On the Plum Tree created Youth Tube as a safe place for kids to show their creative work. The awesome people at Youth Tube have a new site up called “Youth Tube Books and Art” and I am very excited that I get to be a contributor on the site!! :D Please check out my first review on the site (click HERE). If you know any kids that want to send art or reviews in to be published on Youth Tube, please have them visit the site!
Fourthly – I AM VERY HAPPY TO SAY I FINALLY FINISHED 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA! This was one of my New Years Resolutions too ;) I wanted to read the unabridged version of 20,000 Leagues instead of the kid version. It was a challenge for me, but I did it! I actually really liked the story even though it took me close to a year to read the whole thing! The reading level was difficult for me, but I also think I learned a lot by reading the unabridged version. Check out my “What I am reading now” on my side bar, 20,000 Leagues has been replaced with “The 3 Musketeers” (abridged version ;) )!
Fifthly – I was awarded the “Inspirational Blog Award” by Kristi Bernard of The Neophyte Writer blog!
Taken from Ms. Bernard’s blog – “Kristi Bernard is the writer, editor and founder of The Neophyte Writer. This blog is information for writers and their journey. It’s a place where writers can learn and develop their skills. It features author interviews, book reviews, and trends in the world of writing.”
Thank you so much Ms. Bernard! I really appreciate it :) Please check out Ms. Bernard’s blog HERE!
The Inspiring Blog Award is given to people who inspire you. The people who inspire me are found on my right side-bar under “Places I like to Visit” and everyone who visits my blog and encourages me! I pass this award on to all of you! YOU INSPIRE ME :)
That’s all my updates for today :) Happy Monday!!