Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving... in stop motion

I'm a big fan of Thanksgiving and a big fan of stop motion videos (having tried one or two before myself). I did not make the two YouTube videos here, but I wanted to post something fun for Turkey Day. And, since I will be busy baking pies, basting the bird, and mashing vegan mashers for those guests who won't be partaking in the tiny ten-pound bird (I swear, it looks like a really big chicken), I decided that I did not have time to make my own video for this occasion. *sigh*

Someday there will be time for more original videos, but today I am thankful for YouTube (as well as many other far more important things....)



and...



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Kansas City Star, Noteworthy Books 2008: 10 panelists, 10 books each

Kansas City is the home of the World's Largest Shuttlecock. Add that to my list of World's Largest items I want to see for myself!

For now, I'm happy to be part of good press in the Kansas City Star:

Click HERE for the complete list and to view the article online.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Here are several ideas for savvy powers given to me by Preston Junior High students in Fort Collins, Colorado:

My savvy is the power to shapeshift into anything I want. I would want this savvy because it would give you an experience to see how others look at the world. Also if for some reason I was trying to hide from someone it would be a good way to hide from someone.


If I had a savvy it would be to breath underwater. I love the water and I think it would be cool to spend hours under the surface exploring awesome things.


My savvy is granting wishes. Even for myself!


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Midnight Madness


Yes, my daughter and I are going to the midnight show of Twilight tonight...

I'm doing everything I can to stay awake!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Trailers from My "Wanna Read" List

The Book trailer is an interesting phenomenon. I sometimes keep a few in my YouTube "favorites" list as a way of reminding myself of particular books that I don't want to forget to read. My stack of books waiting to be read keeps growing and I have dreams of spending weeks doing nothing but reading, reading, reading...

Just for fun, here are a couple of trailers from my "Wanna Read" list that I enjoy:

Evan Kuhlman's, The Last Invisible Boy.




Impossible, by Nancy Werlin. My daughter gobbled up the ARC for this in one weekend, and I'm still looking forward to such a lovely kind of weekend for myself--perhaps over the holidays.



And, for more fun, here is the trailer for my friend Sarah Prineas's book, The Magic Thief. But it's the trailer from SPAIN! I've read The Magic Thief, of course. Though, not in Spanish.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Today's Reader Savvy comes from Maddie T. in California:

If I could pick any savvy at all it would be to turn into any kind of animal I wanted to. Sometimes I would be a cat and curl up on the couch and sleep in the sun or chase the little shimmery rainbows from the crystal in the window. Other times I would be a dog and run and run in the park and catch a ball or jump in the fountain then shake myself dry right next to my brother. Ha! Or I could be a fish and swim in circles in the tank, or even better, deep down in the ocean. But being a bird would be best of all. Then I could fly up in the sky and sail on the wind. I would like to be able to change into different animals. That would be my very best savvy.

For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Extra-Special

If a savvy is an extra-special know-how, I have some very savvy, extra-special people in my life. One of these people is singer song-writer Matt Morris. Last weekend, Matt performed the song "Cathedrals" with Joan Osborne live on CBS. I've always wished I could sing. Alas, that is not a talent I've ever had. But I do enjoy turning up the volume and singing along.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

This week I'm doing something a little different for Reader Savvy Monday. I'm posting a little message to a young man who couldn't make it out to see me while I was on tour last week. This is for you, John:

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PW's Best Books of the Year - Children's Fiction


This list was just published yesterday. To view the entire Publishers Weekly List (all catagories) CLICK HERE. But here is the Children's Fiction list:

Chains

Laurie Halse Anderson (Simon & Schuster)

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 2: The Kingdom on the Waves
M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf)

Masterpiece
Elise Broach (Holt)

Graceling
Kristin Cashore (Harcourt)

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow (Tor)

Bog Child
Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling)

Dark Dude
Oscar Hijuelos (Atheneum)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
E. Jenkins (Hyperion)

Tender Morsels
Margo Lanagan (Knopf)

Savvy
Ingrid Law
(Dial)

Sunrise over Fallujah
Walter Dean Myers (Scholastic)

Nation
Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)


Monday, November 3, 2008

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?

Here are a few more Savvy projects, chosen at random, from the kids of a school I visited in Illinois. These are all so great. I love them!

The kids all had to write first their "dream" savvy, then their "real, everyday savvy."




For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Back on the Road


Wednesday, November 5th, I'll spend the morning at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School in Chandler, Arizona, and the afternoon at Sandpiper Elementary School in Scottsdale, hosted by the Phoenix Book Co. That evening I will fly to Los Angeles.

Thursday, November 6th, I'll spend the morning at Magnolia Elementary in Upland, California, Hosted by Mrs. Nelson's. In the afternoon, I'll be visiting the Mayfield Junior School in Pasadena, California, hosted by Vroman's, then I'll fly to San Francisco that evening.

Friday, November 7th, I'll visit Woodside Elementary School in the morning, in Woodside, California. That day I'll also be at Ohlone Elementary School, in Palo Alto, California, and am being hosted by Kepler's.

I'll have more news soon about several local events that will be coming up in Colorado in November and December. Until then, Happy November!