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A is for Aging guest post on Cynsations

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7 Positive Things We Can All Learn about Getting Older—from Picture Books

  “Birthdays are good for your health. The more you have the older you’ll get,” so goes the quote—from Anonymous. Well…that Anonymous is onto something, something important to all of us—by embracing positive attitudes about getting older, amazingly, we can … Continue reading

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The Teacher Who Would Not Retire: An A is for Aging book review

A gray haired, first grade teacher dons her disguise and slips back into school—first as a window washer, next as the lunch lady, and finally as the fire inspector. This is The Teacher Who Would Not Retire and she is … Continue reading

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A Resource for Late Bloomers from “A is for Aging”

This book will inspire you to start NOW—making plans to make the most of the years past mid-life. Reading this, those of you who are younger will look forward to late life. I promise. So quick, jot down this title: … Continue reading

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The SCBWI Late Bloomer Award for Writers

Despite being a late bloomer myself, at least with regard to writing for children, I missed the deadline for the very first “Late Bloomer Award”—I learned of it just a little too—late. In 2013 the Society of Children’s Book Authors … Continue reading

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Tips on Writing from the Experts: The Loft Literary Center

I gleaned many valuable tips from the terrific speakers at the Children’s Literature Conference this spring at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota—and I’m willing to share—a few. Over sharing is definitely not encouraged, but I hope the following … Continue reading

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Six Reasons to Seek Out Positive Aging Children’s Books

Our culture bombards kids with negative stereotypes of older adults in a variety of media and these stereotypes do affect their beliefs at a very young age. (Read more.) Young children actually act on ageist beliefs according to researcher Sheree … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from the SCBWI Conference

This Spring’s SCBWI conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana was truly exceptional, so even the few nuggets shared below should send you back to your manuscript—yet again, but hopefully with renewed enthusiasm. For those not yet in the know—SCBWI is the … Continue reading

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On Word Counts

Brevity is not my middle name. In looking over my book review of Here Comes Grandma I realized that my word count vastly outnumbered the words in the book — 511 to 157! I seem to have a lot to … Continue reading

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Here Comes Grandma

Here Comes Grandma by Janet Lord (Henry Holt, 2005) is designed to excite the youngest children, toddlers included, about grandma’s upcoming visit. Grandma posts a letter to her grandchild and the successive pages show her on her way via different … Continue reading

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