Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's the buzz about this virtual book tour?

I just wanted to remind everyone that I embark on my FIRST EVER virtual book tour tomorrow...talk about exciting!

I invite you to visit my fellow Indie Debut members' blogs so you can check out their book reviews of my new picture book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, read interviews with the author (yep, that's me!), guest posts, and enter some fun giveaways--what other than autographed copies of The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 1

Jo Ramsey
Interview

Monday, October 4
Write What Inspires You (Donna M. McDine)
(Guest Post: Sailing the Rough Seas of the Picture Book Market)

Tuesday, October 5
Write What Inspires You (Donna M. McDine)
Book Review

Wednesday, October 6
Dancing With Dragons is Hard on Your Shoes (Miriam S. Forster)
(Guest Post: POD Publishing and Why It's Helping Small Presses Thrive)

Thursday, October 7:
Writing and Reading with Carla Mooney

Interview

Friday, October 8:

Beth's Book Basket (Beth Bence Reinke)
Interview + Giveaway

Monday, October 11:
The White Forest (Danika Dinsmore)

Interview

Tuesday, October 12:
Chasing Dreams (Tamara Hart Heiner)

Guest Post: Want to know about Indie Debut?

Wednesday, October 13

Dancing with Dragons is Hard on Your Shoes (Miriam S. Forster)
Interview + Giveaway

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

That rascally rabbit is at it again

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected DiversionTrixie is back and better than ever! Yesterday marked the release of the conclusion of one of the most beloved picture-book series, Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion.

In this installment, Trixie is on her way to visit her "Oma" and "Opa" in Holland. That means taking a taxi to the airport, watching Knuffle Bunny go through the big machine, and taking a real airplane. But when Trixie arrives at her grandparents, she realizes something! That's right, Knuffle Bunny is gone! Trixie's dad goes on the usual hunt for that rascally rabbit, but the plane Knuffle Bunny was on, is heading for China! Trixie tries to be brave, but she's still sad. I mean it is her Knuffle Bunny and all. Before she knows it, it's time to go home, but when Trixie gets back on the plane, there's a pleasant surprise that leads to an ending you'd never expect!

Mo Willems has really hit it out of the park with this series and this conclusion is a real tear-jerker. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy as Trixie really does grow up and comes of age!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 52 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (September 28, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061929573
ISBN-13: 978-0061929571
Source of review copy: Publicist
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!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Donna M. McDine's Golden Pathway to Publication + GIVEAWAY

Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna has two more books under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, The Hockey Agony and Powder Monkey or Boy. She writes, moms and is the Publicist Intern for The National Writing for Children Center and Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Musing Our Children.

About The Golden Pathway: David lives on a farm in the mid-1700’s and is on a quest to free Jenkins, a black slave owned by his Pa. Pa is a cruel man and badgers David for his weaknesses. Using Pa’s negative outlook to his advantage, David uncovers courage from deep within to keep his promise to Jenkins and leads him to eventual freedom down the golden pathway.

I'm honored to be a part of Donna's virtual book tour. Not only has she been an inspiration to me, but I consider myself very lucky to have her as a friend. We recently presented together on a panel for the SCBWI Writers of Lower Fairfield, talking about what it's like to publish with a small press. I had the pleasure of asking her about her inspiration for The Golden Pathway and what she hopes readers will take away from her endearing tale about The Underground Railroad...

The Golden PathwayTell us about your path to publication.
Initially, The Golden Pathway started out as a writing assignment for the Institute of Children’s Literature, but I never submitted it beyond my writing instructor. This particular manuscript kept calling to me to bring David and Jenkins' story forth from my computer. After joining the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club and garnering success in online ezine and print magazines, I finally submitted the manuscript to Suzanne Lieurance for critique and, with her encouragement, I submitted it to the 77th Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and much to my delight it placed 12th in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Then after meeting Lynda Burch of Guardian Angel Publishing at the Muse Online Writers Conference and further editing by Lynda and Lea Schizas, The Golden Pathway saw the light and then to life with the illustrations by prolific artist, K.C. Snider.

What was your inspiration for The Golden Pathway?
I have always enjoyed historical fiction, especially slavery and the Underground Railroad. Even though this specific time period was a horrific time in history I always find it fascinating and heartwarming that so many people helped the slaves escape to freedom, despite consequences against them if caught.

Why did you want to educate young readers about the Underground Railroad?
American history teaches our young muses of the successes and failures of our fine country. It is imperative for them to learn about slavery so that these same mistakes are not repeated. And to learn of the determination of the slaves and Quakers in getting slavery dissolved.

What do you hope readers will take away from The Golden Pathway?
No matter your circumstances with knowing the difference between right and wrong, positive results can be had.

What’s the most rewarding part of writing for children?
Watching and experiencing a child picking out a story that interests them and they go back to it time and time again. And each time they come away with different though provoking questions.

Lori, thank you for hosting me today, it is an honor to be here.

To learn more about Donna M. McDine, please visit her official website.

THE GOLDEN PATHWAY GIVEAWAY:
I'm giving away a FREE copy of The Golden Pathway to one of Lori Calabrese Writes' lucky readers.
For your chance to win this awesome book, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me
3) Share on Facebook and leave a comment telling me


And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win! (U.S. entries only)

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, October 1, 2010!
UPDATE**This contest has officially ended. And the winner is...Kathleen Moulton!
Congrats, Kathleen! Please contact me, so I can send the book to you ASAP!


Additional Information:

Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (August 12, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1616330880
ISBN-13: 978-1616330880
Source of review copy: Publicist

Watch the booktrailer for The Golden Pathway:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Would you risk an escape to freedom? +The Golden Pathway Giveaway

Many children learn about Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad, but how many stop to really think about the severity of a time clouded with violence and abuse? If you were a slave, would you risk an escape to freedom? Or also riskier, if you watched your abusive father conduct slave beatings, would you attempt to make it stop? The Golden Pathway is an inspirational tale about The Underground Railroad and one boy's courage to help a slave escape.

No matter how hard he tries, David can't block the high-pitched screams that regularly come from the barn. Even though they always stop, David knows Pa will seek a new victim next time. David loves his Pa, but he must put an end to it--the slave beatings, that is. David conducts his usual routine that consists of sneaking out of his bedroom and cleaning up the wounds of his Pa's slave, Jenkins, after each beating. 

With no regard for his own safety, David promises to help Jenkins escape. Finally able to convince his father to let him go into town with him, David confronts the general store keeper, a quaker. The storekeeper slips David a piece of paper and tells him to follow the directions. That night, David wakes Jenkins and tells him what to do. Knowing his dad would never figure out he helped Jenkins escape, David climbs into bed with the biggest smile he ever had.

Many clever and creative ideas helped slaves during their escape and The Golden Pathway reminds us all about the importance of the cloaked gateway to freedom and those who were sympathetic to many enslaved in their flights to freedom. This daring escape puts you right in David's shoes as he risks his life to outrun slavery. A tale sure to inspire anyone who doubts their own courage.

THE GOLDEN PATHWAY GIVEAWAY:
I'm giving away a FREE copy of The Golden Pathway to one of Lori Calabrese Writes' lucky readers.
For your chance to win this awesome book, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me
3) Share on Facebook and leave a comment telling me


And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win! (U.S. entries only)

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, October 1, 2010!

**This contest has officially ended. The winner is Kathleen Moulton.
Congrats, Kathleen...please contact me and send me your address and I'll get the book out to you ASAP!


Additional Information:

Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (August 12, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1616330880
ISBN-13: 978-1616330880
Source of review copy: Publicist
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, September 24, 2010

Fish For a Free Book: September 24

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: Alex Van Helsing (9/10)
Your URL: http://www.loricalabrese.com/2010/09/whats-its-like-to-write-adult-book.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. Charlotte's Library (9/27)
2. Lori Calabrese Writes!- The Golden Pathway (10/1)
3. Roots in Myth-Brains for Lunch ARC- 10/8
4. Roots in Myth-Across the Universe (10/1)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Publishing with a Small Press panel this Saturday

Just a reminder for everyone, I will be participating in a panel titled, Publishing with a Small Press, starting at 11 AM Eastern at The Ferguson Library, Harry Bennett Branch in Stamford, CT this Saturday, September 25th.

3 Indie-Debut Authors bring children’s book and YA writers much-needed, seldom-offered advice on what it’s like to publish with a small press.

Indie-Debut authors are aware that not all small presses are created equal, which is why they caution authors to do their homework and sift through publishers to find the one right for them.

The panel on September 25 will offer attendees a unique opportunity to hear first-hand the three authors’ experiences publishing their books through a small press. At the same time, the three authors will share their perspectives on small presses in general during their discussions and help writers decide if this is the right step in their goal to publication.

Also on the panel are children's authors, Donna McDine and YA author, Jo Ramsey. Hope to see you there!

The Ferguson Library
Harry Bennett Branch
115 Vine Road, Stamford
fergusonlibrary.org

Sponsored by the Friends of the Harry Bennett Library and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Lower Fairfield (a subgroup of NE-SCBWI).

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade featured in Republican American


Tracey O'Shaughnessy has just done an excellent article in The Republican American on The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade.

"The book is done in clever verse, which underlines the way that viruses spread among people--especially children."

How brave are you?

Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThey're the same great scary stories collected by Alvin Schwartz that have become known as classic horror tales for young readers, but HarperCollins has released this latest edition with new illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is one of ALA’s most frequently challenged books apparently because of violence, occult/Satanic content, and being unsuited to the age group for which they were written. I don't see it at all, but it certainly makes it even more intriguing to find out for yourself, right?

Halloween is right around the corner and many young readers like a good scare. They're discovering themselves and digging deep to find out how brave they can be. That's why this book is a great selection for anyone looking for suspense, and spine-tingling fun. Chances are, if a young reader is looking for scary stories, they won't be shocked or frightened by these mildly scary tales, but they will be entertained. Let's face it, our young readers are introduced to things a lot more scarier--the Goosebumps stories come to mind and every classic Scooby-Doo episode.

I think what originally made this collection so scary were the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Although Brett Helquist offers a milder introduction to the world of horror, his black and white illustrations are still frightfully fun and add to the chill factor of each story of witches, graves and ghosts. Banned Books Week is creeping up on us and celebrates the freedom to choose, so choose Scary Stories and get in the right mind set for Halloween. 

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Ill edition (July 27, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0060835192
ISBN-13: 978-0060835194
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, September 20, 2010

Get your young readers to Think BIG + Giveaway

I'm Big!Kids will fall in love with the super-sorry Sauropod in I'm Big! by Kate & Jim McMullan, the duo who brought us I Stink! and I'm Dirty!.

What's a sauropod to do when he wakes up late and realizes his herd is gone? Young readers will have fun as they help him find his pack. The young dino dodges predators along the way and eventually learns that the only way to succeed is to think BIG!

The illustrations make this a fun story and the casual conversational tone of the sauropod will have your young readers feeling as if they just made a new best friend, and perhaps they will.

For your chance to win this awesome picture book, all you need to do is:

1) Follow this blog
2) Comment on this blog post

For extra entries:

1) Blog about this contest and leave a comment telling me
2) Tweet about this contest and leave a comment telling me
3) Share on Facebook and leave a comment telling me


And if your e-mail address is not included in your Blogger profile, make sure you leave a way for me to get in contact with you when you win!

The contest will run through midnight on Friday, September 24, 2010!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (August 31, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0061229741
ISBN-13: 978-0061229749
Source of review copy: Publisher

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fish For a Free Book: September 17

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: Alex Van Helsing (9/10)
Your URL: http://www.loricalabrese.com/2010/09/whats-its-like-to-write-adult-book.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. 5 Lee & Low Titles (9/30)
2. The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow - Tween - 9/24
3. AFF - One Hand, Two Hands (3 winners) 9/26
4. Kirk Werner

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?

My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?Have you ever called your child by name and they claim to be somebody else? In My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?, one little girl's imagination takes us on a trip through history.

When Isabella wakes up one morning, her mother greets her saying, "Good morning, Isabella." But Isabella replies, "My name is not Isabella!" Her mom wonders who's been sleeping in her daughter's bed. As Isabella goes through her day, she takes the role of some famous women who changed the world, including Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and even her own Mommy.

This is a wonderful book to introduce girls to some amazing role models and empower them with the knowledge that they can be anything they want to be. The illustrations by Mike Litwin will appeal to any girl who dreams big and when combined with Fosberry's text, will prove that there's nothing like being yourself!

Watch the progression of illustrations in My Name is Not Isabella...



Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1402243952
ISBN-13: 978-1402243950
Source of review copy: Publicist
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, September 15, 2010

Lori Calabrese interviewed by Cheryl Rainfield

ScarsHey! Guess what? I was recently interviewed by Cheryl Rainfield, so I hope you can hop over and check it out.

I'm really honored to be featured on Cheryl's blog because her recent YA novel, Scars was an amazing read and a book that I found to be truly inspirational as a writer.

Hope you can stop by and leave a comment!

Oh yeah, be sure to read my review of Scars at Examiner.com.

The Power of Prayer

A Wish and a PrayerI recently read In My Bath by Beth Bence Reinke, so I couldn't resist checking out her second book, A Wish and a Prayer.

When Jason's pet parakeet, Sunny, escapes out a window and disappears, not even Jason's special whistle can coax her back. In hopes of bringing Sunny home, Jason and his friends make wishes on traditional "wishing" objects for a whole week. He wishes on a penny in the fountain, birthday candles, and even a clock. But there's no sign of Sunny. When Mom asks, "Is a wish the same as a prayer?" Jason realizes nobody's heard his wishes. So before bedtime, Jason closes his eyes and prays for Sunny to come home.

This is an endearing tale that reminds everyone about the power of prayer and the importance of tapping into God's love. God, through prayer, opens eyes, changes hearts, heals wounds, and grants wisdom. It reminds us all that you may wish all you want on material things, but it's God who created those things and has the power to hear and answer prayers. A strong tale to share with any young reader.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (June 23, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0982642318
ISBN-13: 978-0982642313
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!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Featuring Debbie Suzuki for Book Blogger Appreciation Week

Did you know it's Book Blogger Appreciation Week?

That means you should virtually hug some of your favorite Book Bloggers who provide countless reviews, recommendations, excellent giveaways, and always fill you in on the latest news in publishing.

I'm honored to be a part of this amazing community and I'm excited to participate in the Book Blogger Appreciation Week Interview Swap. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet fellow book blogger, Debbie Suzuki from Debbie's World of Books and learn more about her favorite blog posts and favorite books...

Tell us a little bit about your blog, Debbie's World of Books and why you decided to start blogging.
Debbie's World of Books actually just started out as a way for me to track the books I read and what I thought about them. I decided to create it after I had yet again bought a book I had read long ago and did not enjoy the first time around. I did not even know about the book blogging community when I first began but once I found it, my own blog began to evolve.

What do you see as the benefits of blogging?
It helps with my initial problem of having a way to track what I read, but more importantly I love being a part of the blogging community. I get great suggestions of what to read and find out about books I might have missed otherwise. I’ve started putting together a New Book Finds post each month listing all the great new books I come across and whose blog I found them on.

I also get to hear from people who enjoy the same types of books as me or get an alternate viewpoint on books I’ve read when people leave comments.

What is your favorite blog post and why?
I don’t have a particular post, but a favorite feature that I post periodically called Who Would You Pick? It’s a fun question that pits some of my favorite characters against each other to see who you would pick for a relationship. These are posts where I get to interact more with my readers and see what they think.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1)You've said that Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Book 1) is one of your favorite series. Why would you recommend that to readers?
This whole series is so great. There are so many vampire series out there and they are often compared to Twilight (The Twilight Saga), but I enjoyed this series much more than Twilight. Its main heroine, Rose, is strong and can kick some major butt. The two guys involved in the love triangle with her, Dmitri and Adrian, are both so great that you can’t wait to see who she ends up with. Lastly, it’s action packed as the Moroi, the more peaceful vampires, struggle to survive the attacks of the Strigoi, vampires that relish killing.

Tell us why you recently started another blog, Munchkin's Book Journey.
I love reading and am hoping to also foster a love of reading in my daughter. After my first trip to the library I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of children’s books and trying to figure out ones appropriate for my daughter’s age. So I decided to start Munchkin’s Book Journey to record my daughter’s preferences and hopefully that can help other parents find books their toddlers would enjoy.

Lastly, when you are not blogging, what else do you do?
I’m a full-time working mother of two. I have a 3 year old daughter and an 8 week old son and I help design and test the software product, Dreamweaver. That, blogging and reading pretty much take up all of my free time.

I'm so glad Debbie stopped by and please visit Debbie's World of Books to find some great reading recommendations!

A little about Book Blogger Appreciation Week:
Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of book bloggers.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Rubber Duckie, Move Over

In My BathWhoever said baths aren't fun, apparently hasn't read In My Bath by Beth Bence Reinke.

A young boy takes us on his bath-time adventure where he does it all-from jumping in the waves of his rolling ocean to gliding above the sea, swooping and soaring on the breeze. Water loving animals join him for the ride, and the boy exhibits a certain characteristic the animal might display in the wild. Like a seal, he claps his flippers. Like a whale, he sneezes through his spout. And like a beaver, he slaps the water with his tail.

The fun doesn't stop-until the little boy gets cold, of course. But don't fret, because he'll dry and be back another day to scrub and splatter, swish and splash.

This is such a fun read and one sure to help even the most reluctant scrubber in the tub. To add to the adventure, see if you can find the rubber duckie on each page. SQUEAK!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC (May 5, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0982588666
ISBN-13: 978-0982588666
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, September 10, 2010

Special for Lori Calabrese Writes! Readers at Little Bunny Press

Looking for a way to liven up reading time with your young readers? How about making them the main character in the book?

Little Bunny Press publishes unique personalized children's books in which your family members are the main characters! Just pick your story, whether it's embarking on an underwater adventure, counting animals at the zoo, or going on a fabulous picnic!

The books are professionally illustrated by an internationally-known artist and customized by YOU, making it a great gift idea! Just imagine their faces light up when they see their own face in a real book!

Little Bunny Press is always working on new stories, so check back often to see the latest upcoming titles. And if you have a great book idea, email it to them at info@littlebunnypress.com!
Little Bunny Press has also graciously offered to give my readers a 15% discount. Just enter CALABRESE when asked for the coupon code to receive the 15% off discount.

Fish For a Free Book: September 10

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  and
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways).

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: Alex Van Helsing (9/10)
Your URL: http://www.loricalabrese.com/2010/09/whats-its-like-to-write-adult-book.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. 5 Lee & Low Titles (9/30)
2. Book: Over The Moon - Young Adult Ends 9/15
3. The Aristobrats by Jennifer Solow - Tween - 9/24
4. AFF - One Hand, Two Hands (3 winners) 9/26

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Winged Chariot Press pioneering picture books

The arrival of the iPad hasn't just mesmerized the U.S., but Europe as well. That's why independent publisher Winged Chariot Press is creating picture and illustrated books in the digital arena for its biggest markets, the U.S., Europe and Japan with new offerings drawn and designed from scratch for the iPod touch, the iPhone and iPad.

I love the new direction for interactive picture books and The Birthday by Sylvia van Ommen is one young readers will love to interact with.

A story for all ages - you can listen and read it in three languages (English, Dutch and Japanese). Flip pages to follow the Postmouse on a surprising day's work: help her post letters, meet her menagerie of friends and enjoy the fun.

But that’s not all! There's also a new digital sticker feature that allows your young reader to be creative. They can make their own sticker pictures, then save and email them to their friends and family.

This is truly a new direction for the picture book. Check it out...



And check out The Apple iPad app that comes with fresh falling snow...

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MomWriters Group Celebrates The Bug and More Children's Book News

MomWriters Group Celebrates The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade:
In honor of the release of my new illustrated children’s book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade (Dragonfly Publishing, 2010), the MomsLikeMe network’s MomWriters group has posted a poll you might like:

What bothers you the most? What super annoys you—making you feel like a cartoon character with smoking blowing out of your ears? Yes, we know you have the patience of a saint—all moms do :-) We must pick it up at the hospital while waiting to give birth after those 9 months of even longer waiting. But seriously, though, time to vent by voting! Hop over now, become a member if you're a mom and you write, and let us know what bugs you!

Lee & Low Books' 11th Annual New Voices Award Deadline Approaching
Authors, the deadline for Lee & Low Books' 11th annual New Voices Award is fast approaching--make sure to postmark your manuscript by September 30th. The Award is given for a picture book manuscript by a writer of color who has not previously had a children's picture book published. Check out the full submission guidelines and ask your questions about the award at the Lee & Low blog, The Open Book.

Tu Books Looking for Illustrators
Illustrators, do you create art with fantastic or science fiction elements? Tu Books, Lee & Low's fantasy and science fiction imprint, is now looking for artists to create book covers and spot illustrations, for novels aimed at readers ages 8-18. As always, their books feature children/people of color and they are particularly interested in hearing from illustrators whose cultural, ethnic, or racial backgrounds and experiences support their knowledge of diverse cultures. Make sure to read the full illustrator guidelines before sending samples of your work.

Help Everybody Wins! Get 500 Children's Books In Less Than 60 Seconds!
For every 10 people who view this short, animated trailer for Peter H. Reynolds' book Rose's Garden, FableVision will donate a new children's book to Everybody Wins! programs around the country. Click here to view the trailer.

Published by Boston-area Candlewick Press, Rose's Garden is dedicated to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. The story celebrates the power of community, nature, beauty, and faith - as well as Boston's new Rose Fitzpatrick Kennedy Greenway urban park, which now bears her name.

During his research to write and illustrate Rose's Garden, Peter H. Reynolds had the good fortune of meeting Senator Ted Kennedy, who was a Power Lunch reading mentor with Everybody Wins! DC for 12 years and an honorary board member of Everybody Wins! Metro Boston. Peter is also an Advisory Board member of Everybody Wins! Metro Boston and Fablevision provides donated office space to Everybody Wins! USA.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Horrid Henry is back

Horrid Henry and the Abominable SnowmanHeeeee'ssssss Baaaaccccck!  Young readers' favorite bad boy returns in Horrid Henry and the Abominable Snowman.

You can expect the usual silliness and humor you've come to expect from this entertaining series by Francesca Simon in 4 brand new stories. In this installment, Horrid Henry's reign of mischief continues as he creates a snowman for the frosty freeze snowman competition where he could win free ice cream for a year. Needless to say, the competition heats up. You'll also splash into Henry's rainy day antics when he decides to write his will. We know how much trouble Henry can get into when he's bored. You'll also learn what happens when Henry starts a makeover business and my personal favorite, you'll get a good laugh when Henry's favorite author comes for a school visit. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again--Horrid Henry is fun and a character young readers will enjoy reading about. He's a troublemaker, plain and simple, but  that's what makes him a character you just can't get enough of.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages7-10
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (August 10, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1402242565
ISBN-13: 978-1402242564
Source of review copy: Publisher
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Monday, September 6, 2010

How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event

How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event
Do you love reading? Do you enjoy talking about books with friends? Why not start a book club—YOUR own book club, and turn it into a SPECTACULAR event?

How to Turn Your Book Club into a Spectacular Event
by Mayra Calvani will walk you through all the steps you need to become a fabulous book club hostess. Everything is covered from choosing the type of book club you want to giving your book club a catchy name to how to make your first meeting cool to the grand event.There's even room for you to brainstorm ideas and customize all of the details.

Book clubs actually offer more lifelong benefits than you realize. Book clubs are great social forums and provide many opportunities to meet and befriend new people from all walks of life, as well as providing an enjoyable and meaningful addition to your social calendar. Reading groups are actually a fantastic place to promote learning and discussing books helps to reinforce things in your mind, enabling you to retain information better. You might also be tempted to dive into books you might not have chosen on your own.

This is a wonderful book to get that bookclub you've always wanted up and running. Bookclubs come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and with Calvani's help, not only will you be talking about books before you know it, but it will be a spectacular event.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 50 pages
Publisher: Paladin Timeless (August 15, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1606192299
ISBN-13: 978-1606192290
Source of review copy: Author

Bloggers across the kidlitosphere celebrate Nonfiction Monday by writing about nonfiction books for kids on Monday. To find out what folks are sharing in the vastly informative and entertaining world of nonfiction, please visit the Roundup today at The Miss Rumphius Effect. To see the schedule for Nonfiction Monday, please visit Anastasia Suen's Website