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Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Children's Literature, Community Partnerships | 0 comments

Monstrously Good Summer Reads

Summer is stomping into our cities and towns leaving kids with the sweet calamity of more reading time.  No assignments, no age restrictions, no genre restrictions – just the total chaos of pulling anything one wants to read off the bookstore and library shelves.  Here are the monstrously good reads we have just devoured at Curious City… These books are part of a kidlit podcast conversation with Chris Lenois of WKVT’s Green Mountain Morning.       Rodzilla By Rob Sanders Illustrated by Dan Santat Published by...

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Protected: Word Books

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Enter your password to view comments.

As you embark on creating content and design for new word books, here are some observations about current board books.  These observations stem from 14 years of reviewing almost every board book published for an early literacy program and from listening carefully to the early childhood educators and healthcare providers that comprise that literacy program’s advisory committee. RELATED OBJECTS A parent/educator should be able to work with the images offered on the page to weave a narrative for or have a conversation with the child. While...

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Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Podcast | Comments Off on Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

Going Underground: Kidlit in the Labyrinth

  Spring is the time of year that we are most conscious that things lie beneath the surface. Green is unfurling out of the earth, beauty is pushing its way to the surface. But, all that lies beneath is not beautiful. Whether it is the torrents of the London sewer or the dark labyrinth of Greek myth, children’s literature gives us the cross-section of the “secrets beneath.” Listen to Curious City discuss kidlit with Chris Lenois at WKVT!       Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt By Kate Messner...

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SCBWI Michigan Q&A

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Marketing Advice | 4 comments

SCBWI Michigan Q&A

It was a delight to speak to SCBWI in mighty Michigan via Skype.  As we had just a smidgen of time together, we took participant’s questions online and are answering them here. As promised, I randomly drew the name of a bold inquirer to win a free one hour consult with Curious City.  That winner is Debbie Taylor! PRE-PUBLICATION Or What Should I Be Doing Before I Sell A Book? A strong website and social media presence can be a selling factor for publishers. Whether or not you are published or even have an agent, you should have a footprint...

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The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Children's Book Illustration, Giveaway | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

The Youngest Marcher: Share & Win Illustration Art

  Audrey Faye Hendricks was just 9-years-old in 1963 when Martin Luther King asked the people of Birmingham to “fill the jails.” Audrey was “the youngest marcher” in the Children’s March, joining 3,000 other children in prison. Illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton and Curious City are celebrating Audrey during Women’s History Month by giving away 10 signed prints from the acclaimed picture book The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers).   WIN ONE OF VANESSA’S...

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Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

Big Book Love for the Coretta Scott King Awards

  In honor of Valentine’s Day we are going to talk about the BIG LOVE librarians show kidlit each year at the annual Youth Media Awards. Every January clever librarians gather to choose and announce medals and honors for 18 individual awards. The award that keeps Curious City on the edge of our seats is the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American...

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The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Book Trailer | Comments Off on The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

The Youngest Marcher: Video Released

Curious City is proud to release a video in support of the picture book, The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Our script intentionally asked young readers to place themselves in Audrey Faye Hendricks shoes: Imagine having Martin Luther King Jr. himself sit down at your dinner table. Imagine Dr. King asking you to stand up for your community, for your nation.   While no child can now go to jail for protesting, we hope the book helps children...

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John Lewis & Civil Rights KidLit: Read & Do

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Podcast | 4 comments

John Lewis & Civil Rights KidLit: Read & Do

“I have never really seen myself as a leader in the traditional sense of the word, I saw myself as a participator, an activist, a doer.” —John Lewis from his memoir Walking With the Wind John Lewis not only has a legacy in the Civil Right Movement and the Congress, but now has had that legacy cemented in the minds of educators and young people with the release of a graphic novel series and a picture book.   Honored to join Chris Lenois of WKVT for this podcast conversation about Congressman Lewis.       March...

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Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Children's Book Awards, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | Comments Off on Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

Curious City Besties 2016 : Non-Fiction & Novels

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Non-Fiction & Novels Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year! What non-fiction book, chapter book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel will be a child’s “bestie”? What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ………………………………………………………...

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Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Book Selection, Children's Literature, Community Partnerships, Podcast | 1 comment

Curious City Besties 2016: Board and Picture Books

CURIOUS CITY BESTIES 2016: Board & Picture Books Curious City declares their 2016 “Besties” — the 2016 children’s book releases that have been their constant companions this fine KidLit year!  What picture book or board book will be a child’s “bestie”?   What 2016 book will be your favorite companion? Illustration from THE NIAN MONSTER © Alina Chau ……………………………………………………… BOOKS FOR ALL AGES (That’s You Too,...

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