Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
So there you go - lots of poems about shoes, aliens, shark week. Also, as you can see, there's a "For Teens" page of poems. Under "Life and Leisure," there's a "childhood" page of poems, and under "Family and People," there are poem pages for "parenting," "daughters," and "sons."
Even BETTER, at least for our investigative purposes, is the Poetry Foundation's website, which has a similar categories function, which they call the "Poetry Tool."
(I made the blue circles)
As you can see, there is a whole section roped off for "Children's."
There are tons of great nooks and crannies on both of these organization's websites - for example, I stumbled upon "Ten Poems to Get You Through Science Class," which I would have loooved to use as a resource while I was growing up. If our lockers were any bigger, I probably would have also appreciated "Ten Poems to Read When You Get Stuffed in a Locker."
Anyway, have fun with these websites!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists were recently announced. Lambda Literary is "The leader in LGBT book reviews, author interviews, opinion and news since 1989."
And, good news for us: they have a children's/young adult category! Here are the finalists - I'm pretty lazy and I screen-capped it, so go here (scroll down to the sixth category) if you want to click on the review links and such:
Enjoy! And be sure to scroll around for other books - there's a SF/Fantasy/Horror category, at least two books about public schools, A Twist of Grimm: Erotic Fairy Tales for Gay Men, and a fiction book that has (kind of) been described as winnie-the-pooh-esque. And more!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Once, we were teenagers. Now, we’re both published writers and committed teachers who’ve decided to share what we know about writing and publishing young adult novels. Over a series of ten lectures we will study how to craft a marketable teen novel and offer practical advice on how to present your finished work to agents and editors who are actively acquiring manuscripts. Take one class, take all, take those that offer you the insights you need. In addition to sharing our own strategies for writing and revision, we will study critically and commercially successful teen novels and discuss the structural, artistic, and thematic elements that allow these works to resonate with such a wide audience. Between us, we have sold eleven novels to Simon & Schuster, Random House, Disney-Hyperion, and Penguin. We also have over twenty years of combined teaching experience. Wherever you are in your writing life, we look forward to meeting you and guiding you toward your finished story.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Check out these fabulous photos by the great Annie L! Here's Julianne Moore as the Little Mermaid:
And Queen Latifah as Ursula:
Rachel Weisz as Snow White:
Who else but Dame Julie Andrews as Pinocchio's Blue Fairy?
And Scarlet Johanssen as That Gal With The Slipper:
And Tiny Fey as a bedraggled Tink:
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Types Of Children's Literature: A Collection Of The World's Best Literature For Children (For use in colleges, normal schools and library schools) Collected and edited by Walter Barnes, A.M. (1920)
Children’s Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860 By Henrietta Christian Wright. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons (1909).
The Children's Story Of The War. Vol IV. The Story of the Year 1915 By Sir Edward Parrott, M.A., Ll.D. (1916)
Children's Hour With Red Riding Hood And Other Stories Edited by Watty Piper (1922)
Other sites that include thousands of free titles in HTML and .pdf formats include openlibrary.org, fullbooks.com, and literature.org.
UPDATE 3/25/11: ok, so apparently there is a whole "children's bookshelf" on Gutenberg.
● Matilda or e-books ● old timey gender construction ● the very hungry caterpillar ● "post-colonial steampunk children's literature" ● Dr. Seuss and/or political writing ● Dune ● the wisdom of Tolkien or Milne ● writing and publishing ● general silliness/Shel Silverstein ●
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
She was at a business gathering there when “X,” a high-ranking (male) executive, said to her, “Tell me, Janet, when are you going to stop dressing like a man?” To which she replied, “As soon as they start paying me like one.”
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Here is the iTunes preview: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-little-mermaid-auryn/id420490418?mt=8&ls=1#