2018 Writing Sucesses

It’s that time of year again where resolutions start popping up everywhere. I actually enjoy making New Year’s resolutions, but I approach them like any other goal I may make during the year. I know that I won’t be perfect and that they are things to constantly strive towards–not something to just give up on the moment you slip up. Right now, I am participating in children’s author, Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. In her video today, she said something that I never thought of before. She believes that most New Year’s resolutions come from a place … Continue reading 2018 Writing Sucesses

TUMBLE AND BLUE by Cassie Beasley – Middle Grade Book Review

Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley (Dial Books, August 2017) At a Glance Genre(s): Magical Realism, Adventure Age Range: Middle Grade Plot: “When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Now, Tumble Wilson … Continue reading TUMBLE AND BLUE by Cassie Beasley – Middle Grade Book Review

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 2/12/18

#IMWAYR The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well. Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.                                          The Cybils round 2 judging has been taking up a lot of my book-reading attention lately–and I’m loving it. I am so excited for the winners to … Continue reading It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 2/12/18

Poetry Friday – Losing My Head

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out the lovely Donna Smith’s blog, Mainely Write, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness. ________________________________________ I am all discombobulated. Here it is, 10:30 at night and I have a panic. “Oh no! I only have an hour and a half until it’s Saturday and it’ll no longer be ‘Poetry Friday’!” Commence scrambling to get my stuff together. After about 15 minutes of sitting at the computer, I realize that … Continue reading Poetry Friday – Losing My Head

2017 Cybils Finalists Are Here!

January 1st is finally here and with it comes the shortlist for the 2017 Cybils Awards. Over 1400 books were nominated across 12 categories and the Round One panelists have chosen the finalists for each group. I am especially excited to be a Round Two judge in the Fiction Picture Books and Board Books categories. It is a fantastic group of books and I cannot wait to dive in. I won’t be posting anything on these finalists until after the winners are announced on February 14th, so be sure to follow the Cybils page for updates and information. Congratulations to all … Continue reading 2017 Cybils Finalists Are Here!