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The Art of Recommending Books

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Recommending Books

Because I’m an author as well as a writing instructor and a reader, I’m often asked for book recommendations. Sometimes I’m asked to suggest books that are like my books, while other times I might need to think of titles that are good for a certain age range or in a specific genre.

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Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

| July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Top 5 Wordless Books: Five Family Favorites with Laura Marx Fitzgerald

I’ve found that the best of these books spoke to my kids when they were pre-readers, but still continue to draw them back again and again, as they uncover more in the multilayered stories.

So without further ado, here are the Fitzgerald family’s Top 5 Wordless Books.

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Best Selling Kids Series | July 2014

| July 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Kids Series | July 2014

Thanks to World Cup Soccer, the new Magic Tree House book, Soccer on Sunday, has the series on top of The Children’s Book Review’s best selling kids series list.

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Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

| July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best Selling Middle Grade Books | July 2014

Seriously, there are some VERY good books on this list of best selling middle grade books; including Kevin Henkes’ The Year of Billy Miller and Sharon M. Draper’s Out of My Mind.

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Best New Kids Stories | July 2014

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Best New Kids Stories | July 2014

We have quite the variety of books to share with readers this month. We’re featuring picture books all the way to popular teen books. Jeffrey Brown returns with the highly anticipated sequel to the NY Times Bestseller Star Wars: Jedi Academy! There is fun stuff for picture book and puppy fans; as well as great chapter books for older readers.

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How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
How to Make a Home-Grown Book Tour

When I published my first novel in April, I knew that a) I wanted to go on a book tour, and b) New authors, with a few exceptions, don’t get book tours anymore.

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Biographies for Young Readers: Dip into the Minds of the Greats

| June 20, 2014 | 2 Comments
Biographies for Young Readers: Dip into the Minds of the Greats

There’s a fine art to turning a great life into something digestible for a child. The art lies in finding the essence, an almost haiku-like writing that condenses, getting only the most salient details on the page. Each of the following biographies rises to that fine art.

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The Art of Writing Fashionable Mysteries

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Writing Fashionable Mysteries

When I wrote the first notes about my sixteen-year-old detective, Axelle Anderson, I was living in Paris, France, doing a short stint as PA to fashion designer John Galliano (then designing for the fashion house Christian Dior), so the fashion world was more on my mind than ever, and the idea of a fashion mystery took hold straight away.

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My Writing and Reading Life: Sarah Mlynowski

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life: Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series as well as Gimme a Call, Don’t Even Think About It, Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have), How to Be Bad (along with E. Lockhart and Lauren Myracle) and the Magic in Manhattan series. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in the kingdom of Manhattan with her very own prince charming and their fairy-tale-loving daughters.

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Five Family Favorites with Cammie McGovern, Author of Say What You Will

| June 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Five Family Favorites with Cammie McGovern, Author of Say What You Will

Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact and The Art of Seeing. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and received the Nelson Algren Award in short fiction. She is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs. Say What You Will is her first book for young adults.

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