Linda Joy Singleton Sponsors Writing Contest For Kids

FIRST PLACE $100! SECOND PLACE $50! FREE BOOKS FOR 5 THIRD PLACE WINNERS.

From March 6, 2005 to June 5, 2005, young writers (ages 8 to 12) are challenged to “Describe an alien pet in 200 words or less.”

This contest is sponsored by author Linda Joy Singleton in celebration of her new series, Strange Encounters, where 6th grader Cassie Strange encounters a fuzzy, dancing alien pet named Jennifer while solving magical mysteries on family trips.

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Cynsations Winter Hiatus

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Happy Holidays, Cynsational readers!

Effective immediately, this blog is on hiatus. We’ll return after the ALA Midwinter Conference with more inspiration, insights, and information on children’s-YA writing, illustration, literature and publishing. In the meantime, you’re welcome keep up on all those topics with me on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

That said,

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Awesome Authors: Danna Smith on How Poetry Inspires Picture Books

By Linda Joy Singleton

As a talented author and poet, how does your love of poetry influence your picture books?

Poetry is where I got my start. I have loved words from the moment I meet them and found it was great fun to twist them around and make them sing! I wrote my first poem when I was eight years old and continued to and through adulthood.

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Cynsational Summer Hiatus

By Cynthia Leitich SmithGayleen RabukukkStephani Eaton, and Gail Vannelli for Cynsations

Thank you to everyone who joined us over the 2019-2020 academic year!

We dearly appreciate the authors, illustrators, gatekeepers and industry pros who shared their insights and inspirations. We’re so grateful to our readers, signal boosters, and of course our wonderful reporters⁠—Angela Cerrito

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Guest Interview: Pro Tips for Online Author Visits

By Linda Joy Singleton

My first Skype chat was with a classroom in Texas. I traveled the “long” distance from my bedroom to my office, and one-by-one, the kids came up to the screen to ask me questions. Since then, I’ve enjoyed many more video chats. At first, I sat at my computer with a tiny camera attached to the screen. Now I prefer to Skype on my iPad so I can give the kids a tour of my office,

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Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich Smith, Gayleen Rabukukk, Stephani Eaton and Gail Vannelli for Cynsations

Author/Illustrator Insights

Nikki Grimes Explains Why Mental Illness Is Not A Weakness by Vanessa Willoughby from School Library Journal. Peek: “[W]eakness is precisely the way we view mental illness. It becomes something to hide, rather than something to talk about, or even acknowledge. However,

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Cynsational News

By Cynthia Leitich Smith, Gayleen Rabukukk, Stephani Eaton and Gail Vannelli for Cynsations

Author/Illustrator Insights

Illustrator Spotlight: Marlena Myles from KidLit 411. Peek: “Saturated colors is one of the trademarks of my work; I wasn’t intentionally trying to illustrate for children, but…became aware of how attracted kids were to my art organically on their own. That made me want to combine a couple of my passions (teaching and art)…”

Real-World Anchors in a Time Traveler’s Theory of Relativity from The Lerner Blog.

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