The 9th Annual SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books Starts Tomorrow!

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It is simply thrilling to be part of the team creating this Battle for the 9th year. We’ve got an awesome line-up of contenders, amazing judges, and exciting decisions. If you want to bring a contender back from the dead to compete in the closing round (judged by Kwame Alexander!) you can still vote today here.  And if you want to see it all laid out, you can get beautiful brackets to download here.  And if you want to learn more, do watch Kidlit TV’s first ever #SLJBOBCAST below. Shelley and I review all the contenders and judges, Mark Tuchman gives some insight into his art, and there’s even a surprise guest judge! It was great fun to do and I hope you enjoy watching it. Most of all, be sure to check the BoB site tomorrow to see how our judge for the first match, Duncan Tonatiuh…

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FANTASY SERIES GIVEAWAY

All three books listed in a Goodreads Giveaway…paperback editions!!

Author, June M. Pace

All three books are  listed in an upcoming giveaway on Goodreads…beginning Feb. 20th…running for one month…enter all three giveaways for a chance to win!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Hidden Caverns of Bristonbel

by June M. Pace

Giveaway ends March 20, 2017.

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Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and The Wizards of Coranim

by June M. Pace

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Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree by June M. Pace

Benjamin McTish and the Door Through the Grandfather Tree

by June M. Pace

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Babies in the Woods

J. Rae Moore

The pale moon’s light barely penetrated the forest’s thick canopy as a woman darted between the trees. Her feet pounded the trail as she sprinted, giving percussion to the woodland’s nighttime whispers. Garbed in cape and cowl, the only part of the woman’s body visible were her hands, which were wrapped around a tiny bundle she had cradled against her breasts.

Her footfalls came to an abrupt stop as she approached a rim of trees surrounding a meadow. There, she stood for a moment, surveying the clearing. The moonlight shined brightly here, its rays exaggerating the variances between light and shadows.

The woman tiptoed to a cluster of flat boulders that lounged in the center of the meadow. She ran a gaze across the edges of the clearing before she laid down the bundle.

A tiny coo sounded from the blanket as it stirred.emigramps2011

The woman jabbed a toe against…

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Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 – Official Link List

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Image Courtesy of Mr. XPK

Welcome to the fourth  year of bringing people together from around the world and sharing the amazing creativity of our steampunk community – Welcome to Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017!

This year’s theme is “Making Life Better”. Between February 1st and 28th, more than thirty steampunk creators will share examples of how steampunk has, or could, make life better for themselves, for our friends, and for our community.

We will see how steampunk has made a difference in people’s relationships, in their understanding of other people, and in helping them express themselves more fully. Steampunk may have helped people learn more, do more, and be more.

Steampunk can make a difference. WE can make a difference.

Your 2017 hosts come from:

Australia, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, USA, and more!

Follow along here for the daily link updates.

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Call for Artists – National Railway Museum Steampunk Art Exhibit

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Information for Artists


Steampunk: Art inspired by the world of Steampunk
NationalRailway Museum, Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017


DATES:
Exhibition dates: The exhibition will be held at the National Railway Museum (NRM) from Tuesday 1 August 2017 – Sunday 17 September 2017, and will run during our Steampunk weekend (19 – 20 August 2017).


Artist Registration form submission: no later than 4pm Monday 24 April 2017, in order to be included in the SALA program


DELIVERY:
All works must be delivered to the Museum between Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 July 2017 at a time organised with Moana Colmer, Curator, Exhibits or Shylie Edwards, Graphic Designer, unless alternative arrangements have been made with Shylie or Moana.


Items can be delivered in person, or via courier addressed to:
The National Railway Museum
Steampunk Exhibition 2017
Attn: Moana Colmer (Curator, Exhibits)
76 Lipson St,

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Thoughts on Newbery: My Hopes for this Year

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There are many worthy possibilities this year. Here are some I’d be happy to see recognized:

First and foremost there is Jason Reynolds’ Ghost. I came across the ARC in early July and read it knowing nothing about it. I fell in love then, wrote this rave review, and am still in love. It is tight, fast paced, with beautifully developed characters, vivid description, and a fabulous voice. My heart is on my sleeve with this one.

Of course, there are many, many other wonderful books this year. Among them I’d be especially happy and thrilled to see any of the following recognized.

  • Jenni L. Holm’s Full of Beans.  I read this aloud to my class this fall and that experience reinforced my admiration for this title. It is spare with fully realized characters, a wonderful voice in Beans (interesting that two of my favorites so far have strong boy…

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Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien.

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Today is the old professor’s birthday. He wrote novels that inspired a generation and more to pick up a book and get lost in its tale. He encouraged young people to read in general and learn to love fantasy.

But his work went beyond the pages of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. One of his greatest achievements was to create an entire language, and I have it on good authority, that the elves in particular, really appreciate this. We have seen over the years that people have learned it to a level of writing poetry and …

I’ve never been a big weather fan but Tamati Coffey receives my Weather Forecaster of the Week. I think you’ll understand why.

Mr. Coffey – I believe Professor Tolkien would be proud.

And how can we end this blog without wishing the professor a happy birthday … in elvish. Thank you to Petri Tikka for this…

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