Sunday, March 2, 2014

Reading Rock Stars

This month I will be participating in Reading Rock Stars in the Rio Grande Valley. Not only is it a great opportunity to present to the students there, but each child is gifted with one of my books after the reading. It’s exciting and fun and a pleasure to be involved in such a great event! It is sponsored by the Texas Book Festival with local support from H-E-B, the Wright Family Foundation, the Tapestry Foundation, the ECG Foundation, Target, and other generous individuals. 
The article in Publishers Weekly is titled, “Fall 2013 Flying Starts: Sustaining Flight.” It features twelve children’s book writers and illustrators and brief interviews with each one on their books and the journey leading to publication. Included in the list are Christopher Paul Curtis, Karen Cushman, Kate DiCamillo, and Brian Selznick among many others. How they got their start is an inspiration in itself. 
If you’re interested in submitting to the educational market, here is a great link with dozens of publishers that take such submissions. Click on the EvelynChristensen blog for further details. 

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” – Jane Yolen

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