February 27, 2009
Thanks to everyone who entered the book give away to receive a copy of Jennie Nash’s new book, The Only True Genius in the Family. Ten winners were selected from the entries, and they are:
- Christine M., Peoria, Arizona
- Jennifer K., Fort Bliss, Texas
- Shawna L., Pearland Texas
- Abby N., Eaton, Ohio
- Marci R., Canton, Massachusetts
- Vikki L., San Diego, Calilfornia
- Caroline A., Denver, North Carolina
- Lisa N., Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
- Wendy M., Gig Harbor, Washington
- Ericka E., Canby, Oregon
Congratulations to all the winners, who will receive books from the publisher soon. Thanks for reading and look for more give away offers in the future.
February 25, 2009
For the last couple of days i’ve been featuring author Jennie Nash and her new book, The Only True Genius in the Family. The book is great for mother-daughter book clubs with girls in high school and for adults.
Thanks to Nash and her publisher, Berkley Publishing, 10 copies of The Only True Genius in the Family will go to readers of Mother Daughter Book Club.com. To enter, send me an email at email@example.com listing your name, city and state, and tell me how you think art plays a role in your life. Enter by Thursday, February 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Winners will be chosen and posted on Friday morning.
Read the review with the author’s Q and A here.
Read Nash’s essay about what it feels like to have your daughter read your work here.
You can also visit Nash’s Web site for more information about the author and her other books.
February 18, 2009
The Cybils Awards winners were announced a few days ago. Cybils stands for Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Awards. Anyone can nominate a book, and a panel of judges narrows it down to finalists before choosing the winners. Categories go from picture books and easy readers to middle grade and young adult. There is also a categoy for graphic novels and another for poetry. You’ll find fiction as well as non-fiction on the list.
I haven’t heard of many of the books that won, and I welcome the opportunity to find about good books that I may otherwise not be exposed to. This is a good place to look for a book to recommend for your mother-daughter book club.
February 16, 2009
There are so many great bloggers writing about children’s literature, and now there’s a central Web site that names a lot of them and provides links to the sites. It’s called KidLitosphere Central.
What can you expect to find at KidLitosphere Central? Here’s an excerpt from the description on the Web site:
“The ‘KidLitosphere’ is a community of reviewers, librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, parents, and other book enthusiasts who blog about children’s and young adult literature. In writing about books for children and teens, we’ve connected with others who share our love of books. With this website, we hope to spread the wealth of our reading and writing experience more broadly. Bloggers cover everything from picture books to young adult titles, writing process to publishing success, personal news to national events.”
You’ll find a slew of listings for author and illustrator blogs, and my blog is listed under the bloggers in children’s and young adult literature category. There’s also a page highlighting the latest news in kid’s literature. I’ve been having fun visiting some of the blogs, and I hope to get more involved in the discussions that go on with certain topics.
Check it out when you get the chance.
February 13, 2009
Last weekend Catherine and I went with our mother-daughter book club members to a low-key resort near Portland called Edgefield. What a great getaway it was! We knew it would be difficult to plan a weekend away during the school year, but we all really wanted to go. So we booked one night at this place that was only a 1/2 hour drive away, and we showed up Saturday afternoon ready to get started with spa services.
Massages, facials, pedicures…starting off that way followed by time spent hanging out in a soaking pool was a great way to transport us all from the stress of school and work into relaxation time. Edgefield has several restaurants, brew pubs, a wine tasting room and other amenities on-site, so once we checked in there was no reason to leave. And the girls appreciated having freedom to walk the grounds on their own without their moms tagging along behind them.
In the picture above, we’re posing on the front porch in rocking chairs, even though summer weather would be a much more appropriate time for that. This was at the end of the trip, which is why we all look so happy. In less than 24 hours we got spa services, yakked a lot, tasted wine (moms only of course) played hide and seek (girls only of course), ate great food and caught up with each other. We had time when we were all together, and time when we separated into groups of just the moms and just the girls.
This was our second weekend retreat together, and I hope we plan one every year while the girls are still in school and able to go with us. I just wish we would have started when the girls were younger.