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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 Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal Published by...

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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 online that states that you are a Writer for...

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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 PRINTS! How to Enter?   1. Share the book...

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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 culture and universal human values. The award...

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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 explore how to express their views on injustice. It...

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