Book Love During Read Across America Month and Beyond!

Laurie Cariker, Literacy Coach at Berylwood Elementary School in Simi Valley, California, knows that to grow readers, you need to get books into their hands. For Berylwood’s big kick-off for Read Across America month, Laurie throws open the doors of the multipurpose room where kids trade vouchers for books that she has collected all year […]

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Authors on Stage: Picking Up Performance Tips

Are you working on a new presentation? Or perhaps trying to beef up an old one? One of the best ways to get fresh ideas is to see authors and illustrators in action. And festival showcases are a perfect way to see many all in one spot in a single day. Case in point: on […]

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A Vibrant Author Visit Partnership: Giffen Memorial Elementary School & First Presbyterian Church of Albany

For years, various writing projects brought me to the New York State Museum on Madison Avenue in Albany, New York. Not once had I taken a left-hand turn onto Pearl Street on my way up the hill to the library. If I had, I would have bumped smack into Giffen Memorial Elementary School, a Title […]

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How Can You Entice Teens to Your Library Programs?

What carrot can you have the library offer to motivate an audience to show up?

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Tense About School Visits? You Don’t Have to Do Them

Are you the kind of author or illustrator who finds doing school visits to be excruciatingly painful?

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Podcast: Evergreen School Visit Advice

Grab your earbuds and turn up your speakers for some “evergreen” school visit advice on getting gigs, setting fees, handling crowds and more.

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Connecting Author Visits with Picture Book Month: Advice from Dianne de Las Casas

 If you haven’t ridden the wave of Picture Book Month activities this year, it’s never too early to start planning for next year.  My friend and founder of this celebration, Dianne de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and children’s book advocate extraordinaire, gives terrific advice on just how to do this!  +  +  + Picture Book […]

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7 Ways to Make Indie Booksellers Love You

by Catherine Linka As the children’s and YA book buyer for Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in La Caňada, California, Catherine Linka as had countless experiences with authors and school visits. But many authors are clueless about etiquette. Take a look at the tips she shares and ee how you might improve your approach. 1. Be […]

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Happy Birthday, Kite Book!

Today my new picture book for older readers launches — both literally and figuratively! We’re heading up to Ventura Harbor this afternoon with family and friends for a kite-fest birthday celebration. So Happy Birthday to The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Wlash and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge. Later this month, I’ll be traveling to Niagara […]

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4 Tips for Book Festival Presentations

Book festivals offer big challenges to authors and illustrators when it comes to keeping the crowd focused and engaged in your presentation. In school assemblies, you’re confident that the kids have a collective understanding of the school’s rules and are grouped by age. You can use a PowerPoint presentation to great effect. But book festivals […]

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