Cynsational News & Links

My website attracted a record-setting 80,000 unique visitors for the month of March 2006. Thanks to all for your enthusiasm and support.

Congratulations to author Toni Buzzeo on the publication of Read! Perform! Learn! 10 Reader’s Theater Projects for Literacy Enhancement (Upstart, 2006). “It is a collection of ten fabulous picture book reader’s theaters with accompanying author interviews and rich standards-based curriculum activities to accompany each book.” Featured picture books include Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000). Look for an upcoming Cynsations author update with Toni!

The third Carnival of Children’s Literature celebrates National Poetry Month at Semicolon.

Brad Barkley and Heather Helper: official site from the co-authors of Scrambled Eggs at Midnight (Dutton, 2006)(sample chapters). Brad is the author of two novels and two short story collections for adults. He lives in western Maryland. Heather is a debut author, long-time reviewer, and lives in Texas. Learn more about Brad and Heather. Visit their online journal.

Shelley Bueche: official site from the author of two books in the Parasites! series, The Ebola Virus (KidHaven Press, 2003) and Bedbugs (KidHaven Press, 2005). Shelley is a freelance writer, living in Austin. Dog fans, scroll to see her co-workers Brownie and Belle.

Recent interviews with children’s/YA editors from Robin Friedman include: Alexandra Cooper, assistant editor at Simon & Schuster–edits novels and picture books, likes “spunky female protagonists;” Rebecca Davis, formerly senior editor of Greenwillow Books–edits picture books and middle grade/YA fiction (although no longer at Greenwillow, likely to land elsewhere soon); and Joan Powers, editor-at-large of Candlewick Books–looking for “originality, heart, an honest voice.”

Registration for Anastasia Suen’s summer writing workshops is now open. She offers an intensive picture book workshop May 1 to 26 and July 10 to August 7; an easy reader workshop June 5 to 30; a character workshop May 1 to 26; a young nonfiction workshop June 5 to 30; a poetry workshop July 10 to August 7. She also offers five-day summer workshops: school visits 101 from May 1 to 5 and July 10 to 14; the children’s book publicity workshop May 8 to 12 and July 17 to 21; and the story design workshop May 15 to 19 and June 5 to 9th.

Meet Kevin Henkes from BookPage. April 2006. An illustrated snapshot interview.

Virtual Tour of the Musuem of the American Indian Exhibitions “Creation’s Journey” and “All Roads are Good:” created by students from the Four Directions Schools: Santa Clara Day School; Pueblo of Santa Clara, New Mexico; Nah Tah Wahsh PSA; Hannahville Potawatomi, Michigan; and Marty Indian School, South Dakota.