By Gayleen Rabakukk
I’m always inspired by authors who balance writing with running organizations that promote literacy, and I’m thrilled to introduce Cynsations readers to Joy Jones, author, non-profit director and double Dutch jumper!
Congratulations on Jayla Jumps in! The story has a lot of interesting layers. What was your initial inspiration for writing it?
Continue Reading Author Interview: Joy Jones Jumps in to Share Stories »
The members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators joined forces once again as part of the organization’s annual SCBWI Books For Readers literacy initiative to collect, curate, and donate new books created by its members to one of its two 2019 recipients: REACH in Norfolk,
Continue Reading SCBWI’s Third Annual Literacy Initiative Gives Books to Readers in Need »
The members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators join forces once again as part of the organization’s third Annual SCBWI Books For Readers book drive and literacy event to collect, curate, and donate new books created by its members to one of its two 2019 recipients: the Madison Reading Project in Madison, Wisconsin.
Continue Reading SCBWI’s Third Annual Literacy Initiative Gives Books, Builds Dreams, and Offers Hope to Readers In Need »
by Beth Bacon
Editor Tracey Keevan
This is the second post in a series honoring reluctant readers.
Two out of three fourth graders in the United States failed to read with proficiency, according to a 2015 Kids Count survey.
The fundamental skill of reading is not an easy one to master.
Continue Reading Guest Post: Beth Bacon & Editor Tracey Keevan on Encouraging Reluctant Readers »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently announced a new initiative: Books for Readers. To learn how this program would get books into the hands of more young readers, I interviewed SCBWI’s Executive Director Lin Oliver.
Continue Reading SCBWI Initiative: Lin Oliver on Books For Readers »
“Can books help make readers better human beings?
“[Children’s author] Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to the unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
“Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers,
Continue Reading Video: Linda Sue Park on “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?” »
By Carmen Oliver
for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations
In 2012, I was working on a nonfiction picture book project about white and black spirit bears in Canada and the boy Simon Jackson who was trying to save them from extinction.
At the same time, my daughter was in fifth grade and was given the awesome task of being a reading buddy to an incoming kindergartner.
Continue Reading Book Trailer: Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver, illustrated by Jean Claude »