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Children’s Literary Salon: The Art of Enthusiasm

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We’re just hitting it out of the park now.  Fast on the heels of our last Salon with Jeanne Birdsall and N.D. Wilson (info below), this coming Saturday I managed to bring together the three kings of children’s book social media.  Behold! If you’d like to watch the discussion live, tune in 2:00 CST here.  […]

The Rabbit Hole or “It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it can’t suck.”

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This is big. Maybe the biggest idea in the realm of children’s literature I’ve seen in years.  Possibly my entire career.  I don’t like using the term “gamechanger” but I can’t think of a better word in this particular case. Okay.  So imagine, if you will, a new children’s book museum.  But where that term […]

Children’s Literary Salon: On Beyond Narnia

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Today a co-worker pulled me aside and asked about our next Children’s Literary Salon.  She wanted to know how I was getting such fabulous stars, particularly since the next Salon (a week from this Saturday) will be featuring not just Penderwicks scribe Jeanne Birdsall but author N.D. Wilson to boot.  Add in the topic (a […]

Press Release Fun: Matt Bird and The Secrets of Story

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Reprinting PW deal announcements is not what I tend to do.  Today, however, we’ve a rather extraordinary occurrence.  Some of you may know that my husband Matt Bird is a bit of a blogger and screenwriter in his own right.  Add the term “published author” to that description now.  Publishers Weekly has just announced Matt’s […]

RETURN of the Children’s Literary Salon: January Event

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It wasn’t too long ago that I was running the Children’s Literary Salon, a monthly gathering of topics presented to children’s literature enthusiasts, in the hallowed halls of NYPL.  Times change, people move, and lo and behold here I am on the outskirts of Chicago (if Evanston can really be designated as “the outskirts”) bringing […]

Press Release Fun: Collecting the Mocks

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In preparation for the SLJ Pre-Game / Post-Game Show each year I try to collect all the Mock elections for Newbery or Caldecott or Printz or Sibert or Coretta Scott King or really anything that’s out there.  It’s mildly exhausting and you’re always bound to miss someone somewhere.  Last year I dutifully collected the Mocks […]

Press Release Fun: Shortlist for an Early Literacy Development Award

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This is the kind of award librarians should know about and don’t tend to. For anyone searching for good picture book readalouds, this list is invaluable. Read on: Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Announces 2016 CLEL Picture Book Awards Shortlists Denver, Colorado, December 15, 2015 – Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) announces the Shortlist […]

Press Release Fun: Picture Book Summit Yields Big Rewards for We Need Diverse Books

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton picturebooksubmissions@gmail.com     Picture Book Summit 2015 Raises Over $7000 for We Need Diverse Books   Event Featured Mac Barnett, Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Other Top Children’s Authors   New York, NY – The first annual Picture Book Summit, an international online conference for children’s […]

Press Release Fun: A New Scholarship, Packed Full of Literary Goodness

SIMMONS COLLEGE AND LEE & LOW BOOKS ESTABLISH NEW SCHOLARSHIP   November 1, 2015—New York, NY—The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College and publisher LEE & LOW BOOKS have established a scholarship to increase diversity in the world of children’s literature. The new Lee & Low and Friends Scholarship will provide […]

Press Release Fun: BookFest 2015!

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Ach. You leave NYC, you deal with the consequences. No BookFest for me this year. Some of you, however, might be a bit luckier. It’s worth it.  I mean, did you see that they have Laura Amy Schlitz with Jeanne Birdsall in conversation?!?  Right there.  Here are the details: Saturday, October 24, 2015 BookFest @ […]

Press Release Fun: The Launch of Read Quarterly!

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Folks, I don’t post a lot of Kickstarter projects here, but this one’s a little different. It’s an idea that’s near and dear to my heart and . . . well, I’ll let the title speak for itself. Gaiman Kickstarter Video and Colfer Original Fiction Help Launch The Read Quarterly.   The Read Quarterly (TRQ), […]

Press Release Fun: A 2016 Children’s Literature Fellow Program Accepts New Applications

MFA in Creative Writing and Literature CONTACT: Emma Walton Hamilton Stony Brook Southampton                                   emma.waltonhamilton@stonybrook.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Children’s Literature Fellows Program Now Accepting Applications from Aspiring Children’s Authors Worldwide August, 2015. Southampton, NY. The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year graduate level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and […]

Press Release Fun: Warwick Children’s Book Festival

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Because life is too short not to know about cool children’s book festivals.  Heads up, Orange County! Behold: Warwick Children’s Book Festival September 26, 2015 11am-4pm, rain or shine Free Admission; open to the general public Railroad Avenue, Warwick (Orange County) www.warwickchildrensbookfestival.org Children, readers and book lovers of all ages are cordially invited to the […]

Press Release Fun: The Grolier Club Celebrates Alice

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Because you didn’t truly think The Grolier Club would let the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland pass without a word, did you? Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Grolier Club Alice’s […]

Press Release Fun: Middle Grade Twitter Chat!

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This week I received the following piece of info: “Mighty Media Press is hosting and moderating a Twitter chat on August 18th, with six middle grade authors to discuss how middle grade fiction can teach readers about creativity and imagination; and how it helps them confront and solve real-life struggles and conflicts. Our hope is […]