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Life on the Deckle Edge

Looking forward to LaGrange!

I'm polishing up my presentations for LaGrange College this coming Tuesday and can't wait to spend time with folks dedicated to the promotion of children's literature.


I'm looking forward to a tour of the campus and  Read More 
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Speaking of poems... and another great poet

I love spring... when every venture outside yields some new shock of color or more riotous birdsong!

I'm also already looking forward to fall, when I'll be immersed in poetry in Rebecca Kai Dotlich's "Wordplay" Founders Workshop at Highlights up in Honesdale, Pa.

Rebecca's latest book is a picture book from Atheneum, hot off the press: Read More 

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Paul B. Janeczko and Poetic Possibilities

On Friday, March 6, ward-winning poet and anthologist Paul B. Janeczko kicked off a terrific weekend at the University of Georgia's 40th Annual Conference on Children's Literature. His many books, including the hot-off-the-press third collaboration with (Caldecott Medal-winning) illustrator Chris Raschka, A Foot in the Mouth, make poetry accessible, lively, and fun - even for young readers whose intitial reaction to poetry might not be enthusiastic.

Describing his own less-than-stellar early academic career, Janeczko said his goals in life did not include being an author, but rather achieving Little League fame and outliving the "one-eyed crazed cur" in the forsythia bushes. Read More 

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What a terrific weekend.

Award-winning author Kathleen Duey and editors Caitlyn Dlouhy, Abigail Samoun, and Mary Kate Castellani shared knowledge, insight, warmth and charm with more than 150 attendees at our SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle.

Last year, all our speakers' flights were cancelled because of winter weather in New York, and we scrambled to get them  Read More 
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