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Writers on Writing: Mitali Perkins/Anthologies

February 10, 2016

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Anthologies are collections of works from different authors. Mitali Perkins recently worked on the anthology Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, so I thought she’d be good to interview about anthologies. She was perfect! Why are anthologies important to children’s literature? Two reasons. First, they showcase different voices and introduce us […]

Writers on Writing: Malinda Lo/Serials and Series

February 9, 2016

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  Continuing a story over several books is serializing that story. Books that share a common setting, story arc or characters is a series. A series would books such as Nancy Drew, Border Town and The Babysitters Club while serialized fiction would include The Goddess Wars, Legend and Dorothy Must Die. Despite these technical differences, […]

Writers on Writing: Jeanne/Fan Fiction

February 8, 2016

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I was first introduced to fan fiction about 12 years ago when a student I had talked about the stories he would write. I didn’t hear too much about it until recently on Twitter where there is a huge presence that often bleeds over to YA discussions. I am completely out of my element when […]

Writers on Writing: Cynthia Leitich Smith/Short Stories

February 4, 2016

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Looking for a quick read? Or want to take a chance with a new genre without over committing? How about reading a short story? Cynthia Leitch Smith uses her expertise to guide us through some of the basics of short stories. From a writer’s perspective, what are the essential differences between a short story and […]

Writers on Writing:NonFiction/Tonya Bolden

February 3, 2016

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Nonfiction can feel  like a stepchild of children’s literature. When we look at numbers that relate how few books are written by American Indians and authors of color we’re only considering works of fiction. Sometimes there are no clear lines between these genres. Memoirs can be fiction (Brown Girl Dreaming; Woodson) or nonfiction (Becoming Maria). […]

Writers on Writing: Poetic Narrative/Nikki Grimes

February 2, 2016

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Poetry. Poetry collections. Novels in verse. Poems in picture books. These are many of the ways that poetic works engage the minds of young readers. Yesterday’s writer, Margarita Engle is as prolific a poet as today’s writer, Nikki Grimes. Nikki is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, and […]

Writers on Writing: Memoirs/Margarita Engle

February 1, 2016

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Today’s post begins a short series from amazing and talent writings that will move us deeper into the realm of fiction and nonfiction books. We begin with the Margarita Engle and memoirs. Memoirs differ from biographies in that they focus on a particular event or episode in one’s life, such as Margarita’s Enchanted Air. Two Cultures. Two […]