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Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

I found my next guest on LinkedIn when I chanced upon his poetry and immediately got a Shel Silverstein vibe. He not only composes the verse but he illustrates them, too. I had to know more so I asked him for an interview. I think you’ll like his work, if you take a little peek.… Continue reading Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

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My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

Today I’ve got a first for Rosco’s Reading Room and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you: video. It’s a video in which my guest blogger, author and illustrator Nathaniel Gold, discusses and illustrates on screen, the story behind his series, The Diary of Henry Chimpman. Hit Play on the video below… Continue reading My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

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Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

Q. Hi Francine! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hi Shana. I write an LGBT series called the Everyday Family Series. It’s different from a lot of LGBT books because it focuses not on the gay parents, themselves, but on the kids living within those families. I use this… Continue reading Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

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What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine

This month, my book, Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade made a debut appearance in a quarter page ad in the March edition of Story Monsters Ink magazine. Rewind to early January for a moment, just long enough to explain that deciding whether or not to place the ad was a bit… Continue reading What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine

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Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

Please welcome New Zealand author, guest blogger, and creative writing teacher, Helen Vivienne Fletcher, as she discusses ways to help children learn to love the art of writing. Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What should I do? I often hear this from parents. Unfortunately I don’t have a one-size-fits-all answer for you. What I can… Continue reading Help! My Kid Hates Writing! What Should I Do?

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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for… Continue reading How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

Please welcome children’s author and illustrator, the lovely Sally Huss, to the Reading Room today. Q. Thanks for joining us, Sally! I know that you write children’s picture books for all seasons and that you base many of them upon an inspirational message. I’d love to hear about what sort of theme you wrote for… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

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The Obsession of Writing-Why Do I Write? By Mackenzie Reide

…I remember reading a biography of Sting and how he was asked to describe his music. He realized that he couldn’t call it a hobby because that description was not strong enough, yet he couldn’t call it a business because he was at a job interview.

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Q&A With Author Michael Cascio

My guest today is a man who not only writes books for children, but juggles that currently with his busiest time of year, tax preparation season. Please welcome children’s author, Michael Cascio. Q. Hi Michael. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hello and thanks for having me. I am… Continue reading Q&A With Author Michael Cascio