Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sure to be a diaper dandy

Dickie V's ABCs and 1-2-3s: A Great Start for Young SuperstarsIf you're a college basketball fan, you'll be excited to hear that Publisher's Weekly reports that Dickie V has joined the children's book ranks and I'm sure he'll be a diaper dandy!

Vitale, the legendary ESPN college basketball analyst, grandfather of five and an advocate for early childhood development, has recently released the first in what will be a series of educational and inspirational books for children. Ascend Books published Dickie V's ABCs and 1-2-3s: A Great Start for Young Superstars, a 32-page, 6" x 8" board book with full color illustrations by Craig Lueck, who is an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. The book teaches the alphabet through basketball words that Vitale uses in his national broadcasts and has a feature I can't wait to check out-- a button children can press to hear a recorded message from Vitale.

Ascend Books has signed Vitale to six more children's titles, which will cover issues including motivation, childhood obesity, bullying, and the importance of a positive attitude. The next book is slated for publication in fall 2011. It'll be fun to watch Dickie V "Bringing a W!"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Create a Christmas ritual you'll treasure year after year

Celebrate Advent: 25 Legends and OrnamentsHave you ever wished you could create a Christmas ritual that your child will treasure year after year? Celebrate Advent: 25 Legends and Ornaments is a wonderful book to finally start or enhance a holiday tradition with your family.  By reading Christmas stories together, each night of the season, you will not only educate your young readers about the history behind Christmas, but will take part in one of the best parts of the holiday--spending time together.

During every evening of Advent, choose a story to read together with your family, then hang the matching ornament. You can read the legends in the order of the book or by children's choices, saving Santa and the manger for December 24th and 25th. What's even great about this book are the pockets at the end of book that will store your ornaments year after year.

The legends have been gathered from around the world and include timeless tales of Angels, Birds, Shepherds, and Candles. The Russian legend of a grandmotherly old woman Babushka reminds us of being unselfish, the history of the stocking reminds us why we hang our stockings on the mantel, and the story of the Spider Web reminds us that we don't need all the bells and whistles to celebrate Christ's birth.

The stories paired with the illustrations by award-winning artist Nancy Middlebrook Baay are sure to create meaningful time together that you and your family will look forward to year after year.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 52 pages
Publisher: Rogers Press; Second edition edition (June 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0615217958
ISBN-13: 978-0615217956
Source of review copy: Author
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Fish For a Free Book: November 26

It's time to fish for a free book! Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: The Bug Book Launch (11/31)
Your URL: http://thebugbooklaunch.blogspot.com/2010/10/your-mission-should-you-choose-to.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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Fish For a Free Book Participants


1. Katie's Literature Lounge--3 Xmas Titles- 12/3

2. Lee and Low Books- Su Dongpo- 12/31

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The perfect complement to any Native American lesson plan

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Reading Rainbow Book)Thanksgiving is just days away and elementary students are learning about Native Americans and the importance of giving thanks. Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (Reading Rainbow Book) is the perfect complement to any Native American lesson plan.

Written by Chief Jake Swamp, an educator and environmentalist who founded the Tree of Peace Society, the book is based on the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient message of peace and appreciation of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants delivered by the Native people known as the Iroquois.

The message gives thanks for all the gifts of life--Mother Earth, the deep blue waters, the green grasses, fruits and berries, animals, trees, sun, moon and more. And the rich paintings by Erwin Printup, Jr. beautifully add to the Native American feel and history.

It's the perfect time of year to share this Native American Good Morning Message with young readers and what better way to teach them to greet the world each morning by saying thank you to all living things?

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (July 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 1880000547
ISBN-13: 978-1880000540
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Opening doors in the world of tennis

Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur AsheCrystal Hubbard first met Arthur Ashe when she was eight years old. Although she didn't play tennis, she eventually developed a love of the sport--one that prompted her to write this stunning biography of the first African American man to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Game, Set, Match, Champion Arthur Ashe begins in the early 1950s when tennis facilities in Virginia were segregated. A young boy named Arthur used to watch one of the top black college tennis players practice and he watched him so much that the player, Ron Charity, eventually asked Arthur if he'd like to learn to play. When Arthur replied, "Yes, I would," I'm sure nobody expected what was to come.

Arthur started winning, and his confidence grew. By the time Arthur was ten, he was ready for more extensive coaching and he spent his summers at a tennis camp at the home of Dr. Robert Walter Johnson in Lynchburg, Virginia. By Arthur's senior year of high school, Arthur moved to St. Louis, so he could play tennis all year. He competed against top players and was one of the first to use the aggressive style that came to be known as "serve-and-volley." Arthur earned a scholarship to UCLA and won his first grand slam event in 1968.

At twenty-five, he was the number one player in the U.S. and the only elite black player. He then went on to have a grueling match against Jimmy Connors, the number one player in the world and defending Wimbledon Champ. But it was Arthur who defeated Connors, becoming the first African American man to win Wimbledon

This is a stunning portrait of a man who broke barriers in the tennis world.  It teaches young readers not only about the life and perseverance of Arthur Ashe, but it also teaches them how wrong and hurtful it was to be separated because of one's race. The illustrations by Kevin Belford put readers right on the court as balls are certain to sail past them and an afterword and chronology of Ashe's life at the end stress how Ashe fought to overcome adversity and opened doors in his sport. A must have for any sports lover.

Read a Booktalk with Author, Crystal Hubbard

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8-12
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (September 30, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1600603661
ISBN-13: 978-1600603662
Source of review copy: Publisher

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Practically Paradise. To see the entire schedule, please visit the website of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fish For a Free Book: November 19

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: The Bug Book Launch (11/31)
Your URL: http://thebugbooklaunch.blogspot.com/2010/10/your-mission-should-you-choose-to.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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Fish For a Free Book Participants


1. Ann Angel interview and giveaway of YA biography of JANIS JOPLIN

2. The Bug Book Launch- The Bug Prize Pack- 11/30

3. Lisa M Griffin-- An Original Watercolor Illustration more--11/30

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Burying the truth

StrandedKelly Louise has been transplanted by her single mom from Des Moines to the small farm town of Heaven, Iowa so they can live with her strict grandmother and her picture perfect cousin Natalie for a few months. Her mom refuses to tell her why and the only thing the people in Heaven want to talk about is the devastating news that a farmer found an infant in his cornfield.

In Stranded by J.T. Dutton, Kelly must adjust to an entirely different way of life where her grandmother labels everything Kelly wears as inappropriate and her holier-than-thou cousin Natalie is held to a different standard. But when her mom finally tells her the story of why they moved to Heaven, Kelly realizes her family is keeping a major secret under wraps--that Natalie was the one who gave birth to the baby and left her in a field where the farmer found her.

You'll get inside Kelly's head as she struggles with the truth and the pressure of this ever-looming secret. Although Kelly is a quirky character who is independent, feisty, and multi-layered, burying all of this leads her to find escape and lose her virginity with her troubled next door neighbor.

In the end, will Kelly do what's right or will she be the one who crumbles from the pressure?

Stranded is a thought provoking novel that will probably shock you as you discover the way this family handles such a tragedy. Racy at times, the book confronts plenty of stressful high school situations from smoking pot, losing your virginity, and drinking, but wraps it all up into an honest coming-of-age tale.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061370827
ISBN-13: 978-0061370823
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The YA Novel Discovery Contest

Looking to get your writing read by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks? There's a great new opportunity called the YA Novel Discovery Contest that will give you the chance to get in Front of Top YA Editors and Agents with ONLY the First 250 Words of Your YA Novel! Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.

Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing DealRegina Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal. Brooks has been instrumental at establishing and building the careers of many YA writers, including three-time National Book Award Honoree and Michael Printz Honoree Marilyn Nelson, as well as Sundee Frazier—a Coretta Scott King Award winner, an Oprah Book Pick and an Al Roker book club selection. As an agent, she is known for her ability to turn raw talent into successful authors.



NOVEMBER IS NaNoWriMo
In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at MacMillan, Scholastic, Candlewick, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Penguin. The first 100 will receive free autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a full manuscript reading and editorial consultation from Regina Brooks and free 10-week writing course courtesy of the Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

Please submit all entries via the contest website at WritingClasses.com/YAPitch. One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01am (ET) November 1 until 11:59pm (ET), November 30th.

GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A must have for a child's Christmas collection

Tonight You Are My Baby Board Book: Mary's Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings)
Wow, Christmas is right around the corner and it's time to remind young readers about the miracle of Christmas.

In Tonight You Are My Baby Board Book: Mary's Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings), we're reminded of the warmth and spirit of the first Christmas and God's great plan of a carpenter and wife in a manger.

Follow along with Mary as she discovers the love of a mother whose baby will be King...

Peace and salvation you will bring to all mankind
When others see that you are God's glorious sign.

Among all the people there will be great joy
Upon hearing of you, my dear little boy.


This is a beautiful introduction to the true meaning of Christmas. As told through Mary's eyes, we not only see the importance of that night, but the bond that exists between every mother and child. A must read to teach children about the birth of Jesus.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: HarperFestival; Brdbk edition (September 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061479993
ISBN-13: 978-0061479991
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Monday, November 15, 2010

When lightning strikes

Lightning Strikes
You know the old saying that when you see lightning, you should count how long it takes to hear thunder. The longer it takes for you to hear thunder, the farther away the lightning is.

Author Kevin McNamee has written Lightning Strikes with just that in mind. A little boy is getting ready for bed, but when lightning strikes, he counts down from ten. The rhyming adventure starts with excitement...

Lightning strikes, I count to eight.
It's so much fun. This storm is great!

But as the countdown gets lower, the little boy's worries grow.

Lightning strikes, I count to six.
And wish I wasn't in this fix.

The little boy dives under his bed and when his mom and dad pop in to check on him, they dive underneath the bed, too. But who are the ones who are scared?

Preschoolers will enjoy the repetition and rhyme in this story, sure to get your little ones counting the next time a storm nears.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Baby-Preschool
Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (September 6, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1616330953
ISBN-13: 978-1616330958
Source of review copy: Author
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fish For a Free Book: November 12

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: The Bug Book Launch (11/31)
Your URL: http://thebugbooklaunch.blogspot.com/2010/10/your-mission-should-you-choose-to.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
(If you're reading this in a reader, please click through to the original post)


Fish For a Free Book Participants

1. Brimful Curiosities--The Bug that Plagued...- 11/22
2. The Bug Book Launch- The Bug Prize Pack- 11/30
3. The Bug Book Launch- The Bug Prize Pack- 11/30
4. Lost Island Smugglers ends 12/7 Middle Grade
5. The Donkey and the King (A Story of Redemption)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A presidential adventure

Wildfire RunWhat if you were the president's son and you were constantly surrounded by Secret Service agents?

In Wildfire Run, Luke Brockett, the president's son is vacationing with his friend Theo at Camp David--one of the safest places in the United States. But when you're constantly watched, how much fun can you have? Luke really wants Theo to like Camp David so he'll want to come back, but when a major earthquake hits Missouri, Theo and his dad will have to get back to the White House immediately. Luke begs his dad to stay at Camp David and the president agrees, not knowing that a fire is making its way directly toward the presidential retreat.

As the raging wildfire gets closer, the Secret Service is forced to shut down the camp until the fire is under control. Although there's an evacuation plan they've all practiced, things go awry and it's up to Luke to get everyone out alive, but that means overriding the security systems, getting through an impassable gate, and saving those who were supposed to save him.

Debut author Dee Garretson delivers an adventure you won't want to put down. Page turn after page turn will leave you wondering if Luke can find the strength to overcome the power of nature and deliver his friends to safety. Who ever said being the president's son was all pomp and circumstance?

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 31, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061953474
ISBN-13: 978-0061953477
Source of review copy: Publisher
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Finding that one true love

In Annabelle's Love, Annabelle is a very curious girl. Just like any other little girl, she loves when her mom tells her stories.

But her mom tells her stories of a true love that is forever, filled with bright colors, and is like a cozy cushion filled with sweet, fluffy stuff. She can't help but wonder who would love her this much and she can hardly wait to find that true love. But when her mother tells her that she feels love this way now, Annabelle doesn't understand.

Not until Annabelle's mom walks her to a mirror does she finally figure out the one who will truly love her forever and ever.

Jenny Ramirez Hart has written a tale that will remind the young girl in your life of the importance of loving herself. After all, if you don't love yourself, how will you be able to love others? The book reinforces such important lessons as identity, self-worth, and loving the skin you're in--all valuable lessons important in today's society.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Eloquent Books (September 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 160976515X
ISBN-13: 978-1609765156
Source of review copy: Author
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Monday, November 8, 2010

An all-star story about the first woman inducted into the baseball hall of fame

She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley StoryWant to read an all-star of a story about the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame? She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story will have you inspired by the courage of one woman who was determined to fight for what was right.

When Effa was in first grade, she was scolded for playing with "those Negroes in the schoolyard." But "those negroes" were Effa's brothers and sisters. While Effa's skin was light, like her mother's, her siblings were dark and Effa was taught that discrimination was just the way things were.

But after high school, Effa moved to New York City and set out to live the big life she dreamed of. Effa enjoyed Yankee's games and met a kind, fun-loving man, Abe Manley who adored baseball. But when Effa went out on the town with Abe in Harlem, she realized that discrimination was still rampant as most businesses were owned by white people.

Effa, determined to change things, organized the Citizen's League for Fair Play, a group of community leaders who urged Harlem's largest department store to hire black salesclerks. Before long, hundreds of black people were working. Just as the business world was changing, so was the world of baseball. Abe and Effa married in 1935 and started a team in the new Negro National League. Effa had never organized schedules or ordered equipment, but Effa ended up handling almost all of the team's business. Most owners protested, stating that baseball was no place for a woman, but Effa persisted, fought for her players and became the first woman ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Audrey Vernick, the author of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, profiles an amazing woman who fought hard for what was right and proved that she loved baseball. Not only will young readers get an introduction to civil rights, Negro Leagues, and women's rights, they'll also be inspired that anyone can create change.



Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Collins (October 19, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061349208
ISBN-13: 978-0061349201
Source of review copy: Publisher



This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Shelf-Employed. To see the entire schedule, please visit the website of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book. I maintain affiliate accounts with Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you purchase a book through one of my links, I will receive a small commission (at no cost to you). You can support this site by originating your purchase via these links and I appreciate your support of Lori Calabrese Writes!

Friday, November 5, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: The Bug Plagues the Blogosphere!


Breaking News:
  The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade is now plaguing the blogosphere.

Nov. 5, 2010--From the west to east coast, The Bug is on the loose and cannot be stopped! Reports state that the brand new picture book by award-winning author Lori Calabrese broke out of its bookends, sneaked out of the bookstore after hours and is now buzzing by various children's literature blogs. It's goal--to make its way into people's homes.


The first incident occurred at Mayra's Secret Bookcase, located at http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-of-bug-that-plagued-entire-third.html, at around 12 p.m. Tuesday. One witness said, "All of a sudden, out of nowhere, this Bug comes flying and buzzing in the air. It was big."

"The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade all started because my son caught one of those vicious stomach bugs," says Lori Calabrese, the author. "Now it's gotten loose and it has its bright emerald green eyes set on plaguing the blogosphere. I never thought it would get to this point!"

No one has been hurt, but there's more to this bizarre tale about a bug on the brink of extinction. People report that all incidents with The Bug have been positive...

"A bug-tastic treat," says Ingrid Sundberg of Ingrid's notes.

"What I really enjoyed about this story is the way the author skillfully combines verse and a complete plot with a clear beginning, middle and end," says Mayra Calvani of Mayra's Secret Bookcase.

"This is a wonderful story which should find a home in every grade one through three classroom," says Penny Ehrenkranz of One Writer's Journey.

"Readers will enjoy the building tension that takes place centered on the interplay between the two types of ‘bugs’ in the story," says Chris Singer of BookDads.

To ensure public safety, officials recommend heading into protected areas such as a bookstore and getting your own copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade.

"Let's cut it off at the path," says Sergeant Hines Emerald. "If it's already in your house, it won't be able to sneak its way in and plague members of your household."

To keep up to date on the status of The Bug, be sure to follow along some of the blogs in The Bug's crosshairs...

November 2
Mayra's Secret Bookcase


November 3

Ingrid's Notes


November 4

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz's One Writer's Journey

November 5
Book Dads

November 8
Brimful Curiosities
The Children's Book Review

November 9
Mrs.Hill's Book Blog

November 10
Miss O's Library Land

November 11
Tara Lazar's Writing for Children (While Raising Them)


November 12

N.A. Sharpe's Realms of Thought

November 15
Beverly S. McClure's The Story of a Writer

November 16
Elysabeth's Stories

November 17
Raising Itty Bitty Bookworms

November 18
There's a Book

November 19
The Iron Bodkin

November 30
Into the Wardrobe

What The Bug can't stand the most are comments! So leave as many as you can at these "targets" and be entered to win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack that includes...

-a tote bag
-t-shirt
-Make your own bug jar craft kit
-Make your own bug magnifying glass craft kit
-Calendar magnet
-pen
-bookmark
-and an autographed HARDCOVER copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade

(Contest open to U.S. Only/ Winner will be announced December 1st)...

According to blogosphere officials, the escape has sparked nationwide buzz over The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade. Chaos has ensued and they want everyone to stay well-informed, and be prepared or at least have a plan as The Bug continues to plague the blogosphere!

Fish For a Free Book: November 5

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: The Bug Book Launch (10/31)
Your URL: http://thebugbooklaunch.blogspot.com/2010/10/your-mission-should-you-choose-to.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
(If you're reading this in a reader, please click through to the original post)


Fish For a Free Book Participants

1. Lori Calabrese Writes-- The Bug Prize Pack-- 12/1
2. One Writers Journey- The Bug that Plagued the Entire Third Grade
3. The Bug Book Launch- The Bug Prize Pack- 11/30
4. The Bug Book Launch- The Bug Prize Pack- 11/30
5. Lee and Low Books- Be Water, My Friend- 11/30
6. writers write, right?--Vampire Academy-- (no end date yet!)
7. Brimful Curiosities--The Bug that Plagued...- 11/22

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

PiBoIdMo is on!


With all of the excitement of The Bug that Plagued the Blogosphere Virtual Book tour, I'm a couple of days late in mentioning PiBoIdMo-- 30 days of inspiration and motivation created for picture book writers. Headed up by children's author Tara Lazar, PiBoIdMo encourages picture book authors to jot down one new picture book concept a day during November. That’s it. You don’t have to write a full manuscript, but if you want to, go ahead. No one’s stopping you!

But there's so much more that comes along with participating. Read guest articles by published authors and illustrators that will serve as your inspiration. And your motivation? Prizes, of course! In addition to having a file full of ideas, you'll also be in the running for some awesome prizes like feedback from literary agents, picture book critiques and original picture book art! Be sure to sign up by November 7th and get those thinking caps on. I don't know about you, but one of the most thrilling aspects of writing a picture book is generating the idea and thinking of all the different ways you can roll with the story.

Happy thinking, everyone!

**Be sure to stop by Ingrid's Notes today for Day 2 of The Bug That Plagued the Blogosphere Virtual Book Tour. If you're a writer, you must be following Ingrid's Notes--her blog is jam packed with conference notes and information you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Bug that Plagued the Blogosphere

Welcome to Day One of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Virtual Book Tour! Many people still ask--What is a virtual book tour? It's simple...it's a lot like a physical book tour where authors visit bookstores to connect with their readers, but instead of visiting bookstores, I'll be traveling the blogosphere all month long to talk to you guys!

I hope you can follow along, enter some of the great giveaways, and be sure to leave a comment at these amazing blog stops (did I say how it's a great way to discover some new blogs?). And guess what--if you do just that, you could win a The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade Prize Pack that includes...

-a tote bag
-t-shirt
-Make your own bug jar craft kit
-Make your own bug magnifying glass craft kit
-Calendar magnet
-pen
-bookmark
-and an autographed HARDCOVER copy of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade


So make sure you leave me a note at some of these great blogs, make sure your email is in your profile or comment, so I can reach you and you'll automatically be entered (Contest open to U.S. Only/ Winner will be announced December 1st)...

See ya' on the tour!

November 2
Mayra's Secret Bookcase


November 3

Ingrid's Notes


November 4

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz's One Writer's Journey

November 5
Book Dads

November 8
Brimful Curiosities
The Children's Book Review

November 9
Mrs.Hill's Book Blog

November 10
Miss O's Library Land

November 11
Tara Lazar's Writing for Children (While Raising Them)


November 12

N.A. Sharpe's Realms of Thought

November 15
Beverly S. McClure's The Story of a Writer

November 16
Elysabeth's Stories

November 17
Raising Itty Bitty Bookworms

November 18
There's a Book

November 19
The Iron Bodkin

November 30
Into the Wardrobe