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Sunday Afternoon Visits: October 29

Still having a fair bit of my time taken up by the Cybils. However, here are a few other things from around the kidlitosphere that caught my attention:

  • Liz B. has a detailed, three-part report of the recent conference The Power of Children's Books and the Inner Life of The Child over at A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy. She refers to Mo Willems as "the children's book writer most likely to get his own talk show" (which seems accurate to me, given the number of serious fans the man has). You can also find reports at Chicken Spaghetti and Educating Alice. It seems like a very cool conference. I wish that I had been able to attend. Sometimes I think I'd be more in the thick of things if I still lived on the East Coast...
  • My friend Sara tipped me off to this post, by Lynne Griffin (Pro Mom). Inspired by reading The Book That Changed My Life: 71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books That Matter Most to Them by Roxanne Coady and Joy Johannessen, Lynne muses on the book that changed her life, Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
  • My friend from Austin wrote to tell me that she attended the Hot Books for Cool Girls panel at the Texas Book Festival this weekend. This session featured: Deborah Blumenthal (Fat Camp), Stephenie Meyer (New Moon), Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City), Lauren Myracle (TTFN/TTYL), Tanya Lee Stone (A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl), and Mary Casanova (Jess). My friend was especially impressed by the huge following evident for Stephenie Meyer, noting: "I spoke to someone who said at the book signing the night before, she was also mobbed. There were girls with vampire teeth, and some with T shirts saying they were members of the Edward Cullen fan club. She was also saying how she doesn’t like horror books, and doesn’t consider hers horror." Boy, I wish I could have attended that session! Maybe next year...  My friend also said that Rick Riordan's session was packed. No surprise there.
  • I have been hopelessly remiss in my lack of participation in recent Poetry Fridays. However, I recommend you to Liz's round-up at A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy. Maybe I'll make it back to participate next week.
  • Franki over at A Year of Reading has a nice post about book collections and habits. She says: "As part of helping my students think about their own reading identities, I always invite adult readers (parents, grandparents, staff members, etc.) to come to the classroom and talk about themselves as readers", and then describes several rituals that people have adopted. She asks people to comment if they have any great ideas to share. 
  • Via Finding Wonderland, Wired Magazine has asked a bunch of famous authors to write six word stories. They are pretty funny. For example: "The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
    - Orson Scott Card." Also "TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! … nobody there …
    - Harry Harrison."
  • Gregory K. asks Why Write for Kids over at GottaBook.
  • Nancy has a new contest over at Journey Woman. She asks contestants to submit their choices for the best passages in children's or young adult books published in English. You can submit in three categories: funniest passage, passage with most poetic use of language, and most memorable passage. You can enter as often as you like, but you must enter by November 5th. There are prizes!

Oh, there is plenty more. I again have more than 100 unread posts in Google Reader. But this should be enough food for thought for now. I'm going to go watch the Charlie Brown Halloween special (which we Tivo'd) with Mheir. Happy fall, and happy daylight savings, to all!