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Painting A New School Year for Charlesbridge

Posted by Mel Schuit on

When I first read Sally Derby’s poems in A New School Year I was struck by how familiar each character felt to me. My goal for the illustrations was to keep them simple and show the emotions in the poems. I had been volunteering as a reading tutor, so kids and classrooms were already fresh in my mind. My agent sent me photos of her son’s preschool walls to give me ideas. The rest is from my own memories. Happily, schools haven’t really changed much since my childhood. Before I started working, Susan Sherman (Art Director at Charlesbridge) sent me...

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David L. Harrison wins the Society of Midland Authors Book Award

Posted by Donna Spurlock on

I just returned from Chicago and the 2017 Book Awards banquet and ceremonies, which was sponsored by The Society of Midland Authors. Wow! What a party! I was there to receive the award for the best nonfiction children’s book by a midland author published in 2016, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. Yay, Charlesbridge!     The event was held on the penthouse floor of this building.             Talk about ambience! Master of Ceremonies was Keir Graff, Executive Editor for Booklist. And here I am giving a few remarks after receiving my award. The...

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A Q&A with David L. Harrison about Now You See Them, Now You Don't

Posted by Alaina Leary on

Introduction After Ms. Hutchens’ fourth and fifth grade students in Colorado read Now You See Them, Now You Don’t by David L. Harrison, the students brainstormed questions for the author. Here are David’s answers! What questions would you ask him? If you’ve got questions, you can find David online at www.davidlharrison.com and you can send your questions to david@davidlharrison.com. You can also download this Q&A as a discussion guide here.  Questions from the 4th Graders WHEN DID YOU START WRITING POETRY? I made up my first poems when I was six years old. I decided to become a writer the same...

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Rich Michelson on the So-Called Rules of Language and Literature

Posted by Alaina Leary on

The following is an excerpt from the blog post that originally appeared on The Prosen People on February 20, 2017. A riddle: Which came first, the thought or the word? “In the Beginning was the Word,” but was that word thought into being? Or did the word create the thought? . . . When artist/illustrator/educator/mensch Neil Waldman and I were having lunch fifteen years ago while collaborating on Too Young for Yiddish—through which I learned that the Yiddish language had evolved out of a mixture of Hebrew, Polish, and German, and that Isaac Bashevis Singer proudly claimed that Yiddish was...

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Launch Party for Hatching Chicks in Room 6: The Book has Hatched!

Posted by Alaina Leary on

By Caroline Arnold In May 2014, I was invited to do an author visit at Haynes Center for Enriched Studies elementary school in West Hills, California. After my presentation, Jennifer Best, a kindergarten teacher at Haynes, asked me if I had ever written a book about hatching chicks. Each spring, she told me, she brings eggs to her classroom and hatches chicks. But she said she couldn’t find any books that were written at the right level for her kindergarten students. I hadn’t written any books about chickens, although I had written a number of books about other kinds of...

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