Quote of the Day – Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs

Quote of the Day
"You took what you had and you took what you knew and what you felt and what you guessed and you mixed them all together, and remembered to look out the window and listen to the birds sing while you were doing it. Plus, it didn't hurt to count your blessings while you were beating the batter. Louise thought this might be the recipe for the whole world." —WISHES, KISSES, AND PIGS by Betsy Hearne

Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne

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Mean Girls and Why it Works

Mean Girls and Why It Works: why the mean girls trope is still relavant in today's fiction.

Everyone seems to love a mean girl. They’re clever, confident, and know how to stay in the spotlight… at everyone else’s expense. But, if they’re really that bad, why do they continue to reign their fictional universes?

Mean Girls and Why It Works: why the mean girls trope is still relavant in today's fiction.

Today I’m highlighting a few reasons why the Mean Girl keeps showing up in our favorite books.

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Quote of the Day – The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Quote of the Day
"Sometimes the painting came easy, sometimes it came hard; sometimes the artist was pleased with what he had done, sometimes he was disgusted." —THE CAT WHO WENT TO HEAVEN by Elizabeth Coatsworth

The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth

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60/60 Reading Update for 2022

2022 To-Read Pile: 10 Middle Grade books I want to read this year
To keep my annual reading goals low pressure and focused on fun, I’ve adopted a scaling system to track my progress. I set my Goodread’s Reading Challenge to 10 books at the start of the year, and when that’s accomplished, increase the goal by an additional 10.
Upon reaching each new milestone, I’ll mark the occasion with a fresh list of books I’m looking forward to reading soon.

2022 To-Read Pile: 10 Middle Grade books I want to read this year
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5 Well-Written Characters from Kid’s TV

5 Well-Written Kid's TV Characters: a kidlit writer's study of character development in children's media

When learning to write, having good examples of complex characters to study can be helpful. If you write children’s literature like me, you might get frustrated when all the examples in your workbooks and advice articles skew toward adult stories and themes.

Thankfully, there are plenty of well-written characters in kid’s media. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite TV characters when talking about character development in children’s storytelling.

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