Canada Writes

I love Canada Writes,  wonderful book program put out by CBC . They’re doing a whole series on kid’s book writers which they’re calling Seusstivus in honor of Dr. Seuss.  There are some bits with Helaine Becker, Marty Chan, and Bob Heidbreder among others.  Most recently, they spoke with Karen Crossing, the president of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers that is right on.  Karen summed my feeling exactly when she said “Writing for children is not about teaching a lesson or sending a message.”

The reason we write and the reason kids read is for the story. If you’re trying to break into publishing, keep this in mind, and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartache…and you’ll save publishers a lot of headaches.

Suitable for all ages

I love video spoofs, and this week, there are all kinds of them showing up on various social media sites.  Here’s one that you can share with all ages. It’s a Cookie Monster spoof of a Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me Maybe.” Thanks Marty Chan for the heads up.  By the way, Marty’s middle grade novels are awesome, especially if you have a 8-12 year old boy you want to get reading this summer, so check him out.