Thursday, April 29, 2010

Inside Story LOVE! Last night was spectacular.

If you don't know what it is, or want to see the books of the presenting group, click on over to Bound for more!

Previously on Bound: Spring Inside Story Part 1

Last night a huge crowd of fans greeted 25 local authors and illustrators to celebrate their recently published children's books.
The event, called Inside Story, was held at Mockingbird Books, a newish, completely charming children's bookstore in Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood (their kid book clubs have snacks!!!) (And, um, more importantly, great book picks!!!)

SCBWIInside Story is a party that only happens twice a year, but has been going on for about a decade thanks to George Shannon and Laura McGee Kvasnosky, the event's originators. For many years, the Western Washington chapter of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has had its volunteers (in conjunction with different indie bookstores) put the event on. It is truly a book love fest.

The Inside Story is a free shindig -- local booksellers, media, and teacher/librarians are the main invitees. There's lots of wine and cheese and each author or illustrator speaks for three minutes about their book. They aren't allowed to read from their books, but sharing an 'inside story' about how the book came to be is the name of the game. In between presentations, there is a trivia quiz on children's books, and if you answer correctly you win one of the books being presented that night. At the end of the evening, there's more wine, cheese, and brownies and authors and illustrators sit and sign books.

Below is the first half of the list of presenters -- I'm blown away by the amount of talent we have in the Pacific Northwest and overjoyed that it rains so much -- I think that's why these 20+ talented people get so much done!

The RiverNest, Nook & CrannyWolf PieReading, Writing, 'Rithmetic

"The River" by Mary Jane Beaufrand
"Nest, Nook & Cranny" by Susan Blackaby
"Wolf Pie" and "Reading, Rhyming, and 'Rithmetic"
both illustrated by Liz Callen

It's Your First Day of School, Annie ClareMama, 
Will It Snow Tonight?Henrietta HornbuckleThe Other Half of My Heart

Arbor Day SquareEarthMoon BearDisasters

Charlie RussellRoy Morelli Steps Up to the PlateGuinea DogRunaway Twin
"Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist" by Lois V. Harris
"Roy Morelli Steps Up to the Plate" by Thatcher Heldring
"Guinea Dog" by Patrick Jennings
"Runaway Twin" by Peg Kehret

The other half tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Good Books for Boys over Bound!

Dudes, dudettes. Did you see the super awesome new Guys Read trailer?!?

I stuck it up on Bound as well as a smattering of titles from the authors contributing.

Kinda peeved we have to wait UNTIL SEPTEMBER to read it!

But until then, I'll acquaint myself with the Davids, David Yoo and David Lubar. I might also have to read Paul Feig's older book... Yippee!

Previously on Bound: Good Books for Boys

I was afraid my list of good books for boys would be short. But it is sNOT!
This is just part of the list, more to come in later weeks!

First off, watch this truly fantastico trailer out for a book that looks to be a boatload of fun. And I'm sorry to say the book isn't available until SEPTEMBER. ARRGH!

But take heart, I've listed all of the authors that are contributing to this super compendium and you can read all their other titles until "Guys Read: Funny Business" comes out. (You may also get "Guys Write for Guys Read" as an apéritif.)

These authors are writing for all age ranges, so check that out before you go giving a kindergartner "Kick Me." Or do, and tell me how that goes.

KnuckleheadThe Time Warp TrioBrixton BrotherBilly Twitters
Jon Sciezka
"The Time Warp Trio" series
Mac Barnett (with Adam Rex)
"The Brixton Brothers: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity"
"Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem"

Stop Me If You've Heard This One BeforeGirls 
for BreakfastThe True Meaning of SmekdayFrankenstein Makes a 
David Yoo
"Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before"
"Girls for Breakfast"
Adam Rex
"The True Meaning of Smekday"
"Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich"

AirmanArtemis FowlIgnatius MacFarlandKick Me
Eoin Colfer
"Artemis Fowl" series
Paul Feig (of "Freaks and Geeks" fame, squee!!!)
"Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut!"
"Kick Me"

Rotten RalphHole in My LifeThe Tale of DesperauxBecause of Winn-Dixie
Jack Gantos
"Rotten Ralph" (my love, my hero!)
"Hole in My Life"
Kate DiCamillo
"The Tale of Desperaux"
"Because of Winn-Dixie"

Bud, Not BuddyElijah of BuxtonMy Rotten LifeThe Curse of the Campfire Weenies
Christopher Paul Curtis
"Bud, Not Buddy"
"Elijah of Buxton"
David Lubar
"My Rotten Life"
"The Curse of the Campfire Weenies"

Diary of a Wimpy KidDog Days

Jeff Kinney
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (first one)
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (latest one)