Friday, August 28, 2009

There and Back Again... NYC and the Today Show

If you missed the show but want to see the SAVVY segment on Al Roker's Book Club for Kids, here is a link to the show: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/32187339/ns/today-today_books/

What a whirlwind! Our New York City trip was fast and fun. We got to our hotel in Midtown around 12:15 AM on Wednesday morning, unpacked all of our clothes, then went straight to bed.

We slept as long as we were able, then woke up to prepare for a day spent at the Penguin Young Readers offices, first going out for a wonderful lunch with my publisher and editor from Dial. After lunch, Penguin hosted a lovely meet and greet party with food and cake, and I got to meet so many of the amazing people who have put such hard work into Savvy.


The next morning we got up early to get to the show where we met all the kids ahead of time and were primped and preened just like Dorothy and the gang at the Wash & Brush Up Company!



We met Al just before the segment began. Now I can barely remember it! It went by so quickly. But I love talking with kids about the book, so they made it easy for me. It was very special to have my daughter there beside me.


After the segment was over and I chatted with the kids some more before saying goodbye, we walked back to our hotel (it's hard to tell in the picture below but Radio City Music Hall is right behind us in the distance).


We were three blocks from Central Park and had an hour and a half before we had to be back at the airport. So we changed clothes and wandered toward the park.

We had time to take a carriage ride, to ride the carousel once, to buy a T-shirt or two, and eat a hot dog. Then we were back in a taxi to the airport and on our way back home.


Whew! Now, it's a school day and time for me to catch up on some emails!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Savvy: The Game - From Two Great Readers!


I have truly amazing readers! I feel like such a lucky author. I received this lovely surprise in the mail some time ago and meant to post pictures much, much sooner (sorry girls!). But life got away from me for a bit and I got stuck on the "lose a turn" square and fell behind.

I love the way the bus pieces stand up and how the two talented creators made everything, including the die, out of paper!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your 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, August 20, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Something quick and easy this week--it's a busy time!

Let's see, let's see... let me think. How about:

BRUMMAGEM

Have I used that one yet? Maybe it's not so quick and easy, but it is fun to say. 'Brummagem' (pronounced: bruhm-uh-juhm) can be an adjective or a noun.

Adjective: Showy, but inferior or worthless.
Noun: A showy but worthless or inferior thing.

Calling someone a 'brummagem' would not be a very nice thing. Of course, they'd have to look it up to know that, wouldn't they? Now, now, no pompous vocabulitist name calling! (I just made that word--vocabulitist--up, though I'm sure I'm not the first to do so.)

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2009 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Awards

I'm so thrilled that the MBA selected Savvy as their 2009 Children's Literature Honor Award pick! For a complete list of all the winning titles and honor books in each category, click HERE.

I'm excited to be able to return to the MBA conference this year! While I'm there, I'll be making an appearance at The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 26th, at 1:00. For more information, see the Appearances page of my website.

A big Thank You! to all of the wonderful booksellers in the Midwest who have helped put Savvy into the hands of young readers.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your 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, August 13, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word of the week is:

INTERTWINGULARITY

I offered this word to attendees of the SCBWI conference in LA last week to think about as they spent the weekend attending workshops and lectures. Coined by Ted Nelson over thirty years ago, this word may not appear in most dictionaries, but I like it. It was invented to express "the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge."

Nelson wrote:

"Everything is deeply intertwingled. In an important sense there are no "subjects" at all; there is only all knowledge, since the cross-connections among the myriad topics of this world simply cannot be divided up neatly."

He expanded on the idea more later by writing:

"Hierarchical and sequential structures, especially popular since Gutenberg, are usually forced and artificial. Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged—people keep pretending they can make things hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can't."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intertwingularity

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SCBWI


I had a great time in LA at the SCBWI conference. The picture above is of me with Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI, at the rap party Monday night. Lin is a talented, gracious lady with a great sense of humor. Thanks again, Lin, for inviting me to speak!

If you are a writer or illustrator of work for young people, this organization has much to offer. The conference was a spectacular array of talents--faculty, staff, and attendees! Check it out!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your 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.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Fun from the Blue Moon Ball - SCBWI LA 2009

The party was held outside by the pool. Everyone was encouraged to wear blue and to dress up as much as they wanted.
I promptly dropped my camera around this time and it wouldn't work again for a while, so I missed out on getting a great group shot with a wonderful bunch of 'Blue-Boarders' from Verla Kay's Children's Writers and Illustrators Message Board . . .


But once the camera started working again, someone was able to get a picture of Cindy Pon and me together. Doesn't Cindy look great?

There were so many outrageous costumes and fun outfits!



Even Mary Poppins was there!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

SCBWI - LA 2009

Just a quick post from Los Angeles! I haven't had a chance to take any pictures yet, but I'm going to try to remedy that very shortly at the Blue Moon Ball.

I'm here as faculty and have completed 2/3 of my assigned duties. A workshop yesterday and another today. Monday morning I give a talk in the BIG room.

I've met all kinds of wonderful people here and visited with some of my newest old friends.

For up-to-the-moment blog posts from (the amazing) SCBWI Team Blog, go to:

http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/

You'll even see a very short video blip of me explaining why I love writing middle grade if you scroll down or find my name in the side bar.

Classroom Doors #10

More from Dieringer Heights Elementary!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

This week's word comes from the advanced reading copy of Richard Peck's new novel, A Season of Gifts. It's a word I've known for a while, but was happy to come across and be reminded of again.

TETCHY

In A Season of Gifts, the wonderfully cantankerous Grandma Dowdel is back...

"I'm about a squat jump away from a loaded Winchester 21," Mrs. Dowdel replied, "and I'm tetchy as a bull in fly time."

To be 'tetchy' means to be easily irritated.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your 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, August 1, 2009