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Summer Reading Resources 2022

Looking for reading-focused recommendation sheets and activities? Feel free to check out my free, print-ready archives and especially the section with book review and recommendation sheets. Here are just a few: Bookmark Recommendations: Finding Summer Reading Activities and Programs: Check your local library. Chances are good that you’ll find summer . . .



Perseverance

(Last updated June 23, 2022) (Also see: Rejection Stories & Advice From Published Kidlit/YA Creators, Linda Sue Park’s #12minutes writing routine for first drafts and feel free to join my Inkygirl Daily Writing Challenge on FB) This is a photo of a letter I’ve had pinned up on my home . . .




Learn how to draw GURPLE with me on Read & Learn With Simon Kids!

Thanks to Simon Kids for inviting me to participate in their Read & Learn series on YouTube! Thanks to Simon & Schuster for permission to do a Gurple & Preen read-aloud video! Until the end of September (see their current online reading guidelines here), you can see author Linda Sue . . .




SOUP DAY by Melissa Iwai: A Soul-Satisfying, Delicious Comfort Read

I’ve been gradually adding new and older BookADay posts to my new Bookstagram. One of the most recent: SOUP DAY by Melissa Iwai (Henry Holt): Celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process as a famly. Also be sure to check out Melissa’s newest book, DUMPLINGS FOR LILI (Norton . . .




How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 5

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 Part 5: Gurple and Preen Launches! Click here to see a replay of our book launch event at Blue Willow Bookshop!



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 4

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 4: How One Of The Illustrations Changed Over Revisions With help from her friends at Simon & Schuster (including from the author in later stages) as well as working on her own, Debbie went through many revisions of her illustrations for Gurple and Preen. . . .



How Gurple And Preen Was Created Part 3

Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Part 5 PART 3: How Debbie Created The Illustrations While waiting for Linda Sue Park and Justin Chanda to finish the manuscript, Debbie was figuring out how to do the illustrations for the book. Unlike her other book illustrations, Gurple and Preen would use photography as well as . . .