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9 Kidlit Page-To-Screen Adaptations that are just as Good as the BookBy Vikki VanSickle
Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to see Lena Dunham’s spirited and loving adaptation of Catherine Called Birdy, Karen Cushman’s novel of the same name, at the Toronto International Film ...
September 01, 2022
The Joy of Building a ListBy Noelle Allen
Early on, when I still thought I’d be a writer rather than work in publishing, I remember coming across a lovely quote from Toni Morrison saying something along the lines of “If you can’t find the ...
August 26, 2022
Grant Writing: Part 2By Lindsay Zier-Vogel
It’s grant writing season! There are a slew of deadlines coming up and though the process can feel daunting, there is money out there to support writing and we should all be applying!As a professional ...
August 17, 2022
6 Tips for Effective School VisitsBy Vikki VanSickle
With September fast approaching, it’s time for children’s authors to start thinking about school presentations. School visits can be a great way to connect with your audience, promote your work, and ...
August 05, 2022
Book Therapy: Help! I’m AliveBy Stacey May Fowles
“Usually the isolation is a result of some life trauma. Does your brother have trauma?”“Fuck, I don’t know. Who doesn’t have trauma?”—Gurjinder Basran, Help! I’m Alive Lately I can’t ...
July 26, 2022
The Trouble With MemoirsBy Russell Smith
A recent development in academic creative writing programs is the rise of “Creative Non-Fiction,” a genre supposed to be fundamentally journalistic but using the techniques of fiction. At its best, ...
July 20, 2022
To Rhyme or Not to RhymeBy Vikki VanSickle
Nothing is as divisive as rhyme in children’s picture books. When it works, it sings, but when it doesn’t, it can turn readers (and editors) right off. Many people have fond memories of their favourite ...
June 30, 2022
Remembering Steven Heighton and the Vancouver 125 Poetry ConferenceBy Shazia Hafiz Ramji
One of the jokes I have with myself is that my first exposure to the public world of poetry was so traumatizing that I had no choice but to accommodate what I saw, however subconsciously. Ten years ago, ...
June 21, 2022
6 Reasons Why Your Kids’ Book Was RejectedBy Vikki VanSickle
After working in children’s publishing, sitting on various book selection committees, and judging writing for kids contests for 15+ years, I’ve read a lot of manuscripts. Here are the six most common ...
June 15, 2022
Book Therapy: Mad HoneyBy Stacey May Fowles
“No, no. I’m telling you, it feels like I was bees. A whole bee colony. Like all I did this summer was drink nectar, collect pollen, nurse the larvae, fan the hive, take care of my queen—I was bees.”— Katie ...