Judy Freeman gave us permission to share and I want to be sure that everyone knows about this. Enjoy. She is so fabulous. I wish I had her memory for books and people. I wish I had her way with reviews. I wish I had her creativity and stamina. I wish you all could attend this.
I am, as of 10 minutes ago, breathing a HUUUUUGE sigh of relief. I just sent in, by mail and e-mail attachment both, my newly finished book, The Winners! Handbook, to my editor at Libraries Unlimited. I do the handbook as a handout for my Winners! Conference every year in NJ, so it’ll be in print and available by the end of April. This is definitely the best one ever. (FIVE new Reader’s
Theater scripts, SEVEN new teacher’s guides, lotsa worksheety things and songs, plus my 100 best books of 2007 described in yards of zippy verbiage with zillions of Germs, my pithy little ideas. Whew. It weighs in at 240+ pages.) You can see the cute new cover at www.LU.com. (Type Winners Handbook in the search bar to find it.)
The book is beautiful. I am a sorry wreck–my wrists ache, my head’s exploding, my shoulders have turned to twine, and I am in dire need of some really good Belgian chocolate. Been burning the oil up in my garret till 3 a.m. all week to get this baby done in time, and my brain has just turned to oatmeal. My husband, Izzy, talks to me, and I see his mouth moving, but I have absolutely no
idea of what he’s saying. I think I lose a lot of brain cells each time I write one of these things.
For those of you close or close-ish to New Jersey, note that I’ll be giving my 24th Annual Winners! Workshop (which obviously I started doing when I was 7) from Apr. 29-May 2, 2008. You can find out all about our blast of a one-day children’s literature spa sabbatical at <www.LU.com/winners>. If you can’t make it, could you pass the word along for me to your friends and colleagues? It’s
my favorite workshop of the whole year, like my BER seminars but on steroids, and with a great lunch which I always swear I’m NOT going to eat, but always do. This year there are so many fabulous books, I can’t get over it. If you can’t come, you can still get the new handbook (or last year’s, if you missed it), sit down with a nice cannoli, and pretend you’re there.
Children’s Literature Consultant
"Wild About Books" columnist
School Library Media Activities Monthly
Author of Books Kids Will Sit Still For 3
(Libraries Unlimited, 2006; www.LU.com)
and the brand new Once Upon a Time:
Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and
Reader’s Theater with Children in Grades K-6 (2007)
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