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#AtoZChallenge: Z is for Zachariah OHora #AuthorApril

Dear Kim, We made it! Today is officially the last day of our #AtoZChallenge. I can't think of a better friend to end the challenge with than Zachariah Ohora. Z is for Zachariah Ohora We had the pleasure of working with Zachariah on characters this afternoon. He walked us through the creative process that he uses in his wildly popular books. (I don't know about your house, but Momo rules in our house.) It was amazing to learn about his artistic choices and see the way that he infuses quirks and cool into his characters. Hey, it's MOMO! Zachariah, and the talented members of the Eastern PA SCBWI, were kind enough to give our #AuthorApril and #AtoZChallenge the ultimate end... "Z" END Congratulations, Kim! We made it to Z. Much Love, Alison


Today's the final day to vote for SCBWI Crystal Kite Award have until 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. Val Jone's Who Wants Broccoli, Donna Galanti Joshua and the Lightning Road , Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora  Wolfie the Bunny.   Share the Eastern PA LOVE! 'Who Wants Broccoli?' Author:  Val Jones Illustrator:  Val Jones MORE INFO Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine Author:  Laurie Wallmark Illustrator:  April Chu MORE INFO I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK Author:  Tara Lazar MORE INFO Joshua and the Lightning Road Author:  Donna Galanti MORE INFO Stick and Stone Author:  Beth Ferry Illustrator:  Tom Lichtenheld MORE INFO WOLFIE THE BUNNY Author:  Ame Dyckman Illustrator:  Zachariah OHora

#AuthorApril: Y is for Malala Yousafzai #AtoZChallenge

Dear Alison, The other day I wrote about Walter Dean Myers  and my reading relationship with my son.Today, I want to talk about my reading relationship with my middle daughter. My eleven year old is a voracious reader. During our most recent visit to BAM (Books A Million), she planned to purchase I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzi with her own hard-earned money. My mother, who had read the adult version with her book group, worried about the graphic imagery projected in I Am Malala and the impact it would have on my daughter. After my bubble-wrapping dilemma with my son and Monster, I decided to let my daughter proceed with her purchase--I say that as if I had a choice. My children are stubborn with strong minds of their own--I'm proud of that. She bought  I Am Malala , Young Readers Edition. She read it in two days. She wept. She laughed. She wept some more. When she finished, she rushed home and told me all about the book, then shoved it in my hand and said, "You ha

#AtoZChallenge: X is for X: A Novel authors, Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon #AuthorApril

Dear Kim, Thank you for your post yesterday. Monster is a powerful book. You wrote, " Monster  will haunt you and cause you to examine your perception of your actions towards those charged with a crime regardless of the verdict."  Today's #AuthorApril writers also created a novel that examines a broken system and a man's search for himself.  X: A Novel makes her readers question the choices that Malcolm X made in his teen years as much as we question the system that was supposed to protect him, yet failed him in such monumental ways.  X is for X: A Novel authors, Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's daughter and author, and celebrated young adult author, Kekla Magoon weave fact and fiction into this emotional story of what young Malcolm's early life might have been, from Michigan to Massachusetts to New York and back again. A few months after the book's release and a few months before the Coretta Scott King author hono

New Adult Scavenger Hunt with A.G. Howard

Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive  one book from each author on the hunt in my team !   But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! Go to the  New Adult Scavenger Hunt  page to find out all about the hunt.  There are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the  TEAM RED  but there is also a blue team and a purple team (but we all know TEAM RED is the best)  for a chance to win a whole different set of books! If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see th

#AuthorApril: W is for Walter Dean Myers #AtoZChallenge

Dear Alison, Thank you for your post about Vera B. Williams . Her last art show in Narrowsburg, NY left a lasting impression on me. One I know I've shared with you. Vera's scribbles and doodles and daydreams remind me of my middle daughter. My eleven year old's notebooks, folders, and walls (yes, walls too) are as much as part of her identity as a creative as her hands and feet. At her root, she imagines and reimagines worlds, and we, as parents, let her. But your post spoke to me in another way.  I love how you read to your son each night, and it reminds me of my own son, now thirteen and the evolution of our reading relationship. Sure, my son still  sits and listens to the picture books I read to my daughters but I no longer read his books aloud to him. We react to them instead. Sort of a mother/son book club.   When he was in fifth grade, he brought home  Kick  by Walter Dean Myers from the school library.  He soon devel