Hullo all, we've been cooking up some exciting stuff at the Academy that I can't wait to share with you. A free live interactive webinar here on what New York editors have said that they wanted scheduled for August 22nd, and an exciting updated iteration of the Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books that will not only have our awesome Mandy co-teaching with me, but also the FABULOUS Barbara Bottner who is not only a major best selling author herself but has taught many of the greats!!! Click here to find out more and make sure that you don't miss out.
Meanwhile, I've been really missing doing my Mondays with Mira video reviews, which is how this blog started out years ago. Those of you who have taken courses with me here at the Academy, probably know my assistant Leda. Well Leda's boyfriend works in the digital games field and and Leda loves games, which of course has made me more open to them. And yesterday I made a video review of the fabulous Roxie Munro's Amaze Ways picture book for you all here on this blog. It's an extraordinary book for younger kids introducing them to different environments and the world at large through super creative and accessible maze games. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.
I also wanted to share this super inspiring video about games and about adding 10 years to your life. While it might seem a smidge off topic, I know that there's stuff in here that's relevant for us children's book people, just can't say what right now. If you can figure it out, let us know. :)
Finally, to see more of Roxie's unique work, visit her website www.roxiemunro.com where you can learn more about her and her books, apps and games :)
And don't forget to sign up for our free webinar, even if you can't attend so that you can get the replay.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at the Children's Book Academy. Mondays with Mandy or Mira is now the Blogfish!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays will feature award-winning former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature reading specialist and MFA in creative writing graduate Mandy Yates has been published multiple times in Highlights Magazine.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the great Christine Taylor-Butler who has published over 70 award-winning fiction and non-fiction and nonfiction books including the acclaimed new middle grade series - The Lost Tribes.
And 5th Mondays will feature will feature the fabulous Carl Angel, award-winning multi-published Illustrator and graphic designer.
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