Cynsational News & Links

The Secret of the Rose by Sarah L. Thompson (Greenwillow, 2006) Official Website: invites visitors into Elizabethan London but challenges them first to a quiz on the setting (“Do you know enough to survive HERE?”). Visitors may also register to win a free copy of the book as well as learn more about the title and its author. Read an excerpt.

Take a sneak peek at The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell, illustrated by Connie McLennan (Sylvan Dell, April 2007).

“Thankful for Reading:” check out the candidates for the Cybil Non-Fiction Picture Book at Bartography.

“Why I Write Multicultural Books” by Cynthia Chin-Lee from PaperTigers.

More on NCTE/ALAN 2006

Here’s highlighting author Sneed B. Collard III., who was on the “Picture This” panel with me at the ALAN workshop. Sneed’s recent books include Flashpoint (Peachtree, 2006), which was nominated for the Green Earth Book Award; Shep: Our Most Loyal Dog, illustrated by Joanna Yardley (Sleeping Bear, 2006); Dog Sense (Peachtree, 2005), which won a 2005 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award; The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America’s Lost Grasslands (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), which also won a 2005 ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award; and One Night in the Coral Sea, illustrated by Robin Brickman (Charlesbridge, 2005), which was a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book and a recipient of the John Burroughs Award for nature writing. In addition, Sneed has been selected as the winner of the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award for 2006 and winner of the AAAS 2006 Subaru/SB&F Prize. Find out more about all of his books!

“Howdee! On Life in Opryland!!!” an NCTE/ALAN report on Coe Booth. Includes reference photos. See also my NCTE and ALAN reports, which link to numerous others.

“Last Day in Nashville” from Reading, Writing, Etc.–the final of a fantastic series of photo-blogger posts. Bravo!

“My Top Takes on ALAN 2006” from David Gill, ALAN President-Elect for San Antonio 2008. Greg and I are honored to be referred to as “the dynamic duo of writerdom” and we hold up our “Road Warrior Trophy” with appreciation.

Thanks to Debbi Michiko Florence at One Writer’s Journey: The Bumpy Road for her shout out to the NCTE/ALAN conference participants. Thanks also to Liz Gallagher and Carrie Jones for their comments on my NCTE report (glad Carrie enjoyed Tantalize; hoping Liz likes it too–thanks so much for your enthusiasm!).

Cynsational Notes

Attention: College Station! Greg and I will be appearing on “TV Magazine” with Sharon Colson #0648 to discuss Santa Knows at 7 p.m. Nov. 29, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on KAMU TV in your area. Double check local listings to confirm show times.

Thanks to the Junior League of Austin for its hospitality during “A Christmas Affair!” We sold out 75 copies of Santa Knows in four hours on Nov. 16 because of your enthusiasm and tremendous organizational efforts.

Thanks to the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for hosting our signing on Nov. 24! Greg and I did a storytime to a crowd of about 30 (about 20 of whom were kids whose activity it was to write a letter to Santa), sold fifteen books, and signed six copies of stock. Special thanks to San Antonio writer Carmen Richardson for joining us today!

“Jingle Dancer” from Liz B at A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy. Notes on my first book and a tie-in puppet show. Thanks, Liz! Most appreciated!

“A String of Bright Lights: Great Blogs about Children’s and Young Adult Literature” by Pooja Makhijani from PaperTigers. Thanks, Pooja, for highlighting Cynsations!