Tag: KidLit

Stephanie Workman: “Children Are Your Best Critics”

This is our third post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to the amazing Stephanie Workman, author of the first in the Amazing Friends series of picture books. Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Stephanie Workman: I write picture books. My first picture… Read more →

Janis Hennessey: For the Joy of Writing

This is our second post in a series spotlighting authors who participated in the Portsmouth Literary Festival last fall. We’d like to introduce you to  Janis Hennessey who writes three series of books for children, some in French! Kid Lit Universe: What type of writing do you do? Janis Hennessey: I write books for children ages 2 – 9. The… Read more →

Megan Frazer Blakemore – Good and Gone

Release date: November 14, 2017 HarperTeen ISBN: 9780062348425 320 pages Good And Gone When Lexi’s older brother, Charlie, finds out that Adrian Wildes, a famous musician, has been reported missing, he insists on taking a road trip to find the elusive rocker. Lexi decides to go along with him, and so does their music-loving, out-and-proud neighbor, Zack. Being stuck in… Read more →

The Year In Review

It was a frigid January day when I met my writing buddy Joyce Shor Johnson in one of our favorite coffee shops to write. I hadn’t even taken off my coat when she said, “Spill it. You look like you’re about to burst.” And that’s when I shared my idea for this blog. She liked the concept and suggested we… Read more →

NH Literary Awards List of Nominees: Children’s Literature!

The finalists for the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards are going to be announced at the end of this week, but first we wanted to let you know about all the nominees in the category of Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature. Because the awards are given every two years, books eligible for this cycle were published between June 1, 2013… Read more →

Latest YA Book By Adi Rule!

Does the name Adi Rule sound familiar? She was mentioned in our earlier post about the nominees for a New Hampshire Literary Award for Best Young Adult Book for her novel, Strange Sweet Song. (If you haven’t voted for the People’s Choice Awards yet, Vote now! Voting doesn’t end until midnight on September 30th. The categories are: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry,… Read more →

An Evening with a Legend: Judy Blume

Joyce, Tammi J. Truax and I were lucky to get tickets to see prolific author Judy Blume recently when she was interviewed by New Hampshire Public Radio‘s Virginia Prescott for the ongoing series, “Writers On A New England Stage.” Tammi was kind enough to share her thoughts on the evening: Judy Blume is one of my heroes; seeing her in… Read more →

From Book Buyer to Book Creator

Denise Ortakales (pronounced or-ta-KEL-lis, like Ellis Island) started buying children’s books long before she had her first baby—great research for a future children’s book author/illustrator. When she was pregnant with her second son, she discovered a book that had significant impact on her life and career. Paper Sculpture: A Step-By-Step Guide by Kathleen Ziegler and Nick Greco set her on… Read more →

New Book! The Mystery Of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

When I first met Rebecca Podos it was in her capacity as a literary agent for the Rees Literary Agency. I was the organizer of a writers conference in 2014 and contacted Rebecca to conduct pitch sessions and do manuscript critiques for our attendees. She made a favorable impression on me — her bubbly personality and approachability put our writers… Read more →

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