Not April Fooling You

written by Linda Ravin Lodding, illustrated by Suzanne Beaky

Author Linda Lodding is a featured interviewee on Julie Hedlund’s April Author-Palooza! Read what she has to say about writing and publishing picture books, and leave a comment on that post to be entered to win a manuscript critique from Linda or one of the other multi-published authors.

Winter weather + warm mittens = cozy little fingers

Pobble's Way, written by Simon Van Booy, illustrated by Wendy Edelson

Now you can knit cuddly mittens just like the ones Pobble wears (and loses and finds!) in Pobble’s Way. Click here for the knitting pattern.

Note to bloggers (knitting or otherwise): Please help us spread the word about this heart-warming story by award-winning author Simon Van Booy, by posting this announcement on your blog. Send us an email with a link to the post to be entered in our weekly lottery for a free copy of Pobble’s Way. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Monster Mash

We are thrilled that I Need My Monster is included in the top level Barnes & Noble store display from now until Halloween. Send us a photo of I Need My Monster on display at B&N (on the front table until Oct. 25th and in the children’s department until the 31st) to win a free signed Monster BOO!kplate and BOO!kmark.  If you can include some other best-selling books in the photo, even better, so we can see the company we’re keeping. Email your photo to Please note at which store location your photo was taken and provide your mailing address so we can send your bookplate and bookmark. In addition, I Need My Monster is included in the B&N online Halloween store.

For fun Monster-related Halloween activities, try our Monster finger puppets, Make Your Own Monster, check out several activities for the classroom, and be sure to look at our printable Trick or Treat Safety Guide.

I Need My Monster is being read at Storytime at many B&N stores. Check the B&N near you. Here are two of tomorrow’s listings:
Tues., October 25, 2011 10:00 AM  B&N Booksellers Northcross, 4005 N Tenth Street, McAllen, TX
Tues., October 25, 2011 11:00 AM Oakview Mall, 3333 Oakview Dr. Omaha, NE 68144

Happy Halloween!

Win a free When a Dragon Moves In book through NYJB

The New York Journal of Books offers book giveaways through its website.

This week When a Dragon Moves In (author Jodi Moore, illustrator Howard McWilliam) is up for grabs. There is a bit of information they would like from you first of course, to be entered into the drawing. Click here for the giveaway page and good luck.

That Cat Can’t Stay gets CWA Certificate of Excellence

That Cat Can’t Stay (Thad Krasnesky & David Parkins) was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the Books for Children category by the Cat Writers’ Association, Inc (CWA). All Certificate of Excellence winners are also finalists for the CWA Muse Medallion, to be announced at the Awards Banquet on November 20th, part of the CWA Annual Conference. Author Thad Krasnesky will be attending the Awards Banquet. We’re thrilled to share this award with Jane Yolen’s book How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Cats.

Paws for Poetry on

That Cat Can't Stay
That Cat Can't Stay, the website for cat lovers, has blogged about the Paws for Poetry contest and That Cat Can’t Stay.

Flashlight Press Co-sponsors Paws for Poetry Contest

Paws for Poetry Contest
Paws for Poetry Contest

Announcing the Paws for Poetry Contest!

Do you have a cat, dog, mouse, hamster, gerbil or any other type of pet you feel poetic about?

MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids and Flashlight Press want to celebrate with poems for our four-legged friends. Put your thoughts and feelings into a poem and submit with a photo of your pet. The winning poems and pet’s photos will be highlighted in a MEET ME AT THE CORNER video podcast during 2010. See rules and regulations below for prizes and details.

The poems will be judged by Thad Krasnesky, poet and author of That Cat Can’t Stay (Flashlight Press, 2010).

Rules & Regulations

  1. The poetry contest is open to children 5–12.
  2. Each poem must be an original work. (Only one poem per child, please).
  3. Your poem about your pet may be of any length and in any style.
  4. Each poem must be titled and submitted with a photo of your pet.
  5. Poems may be submitted in one of two categories: ages 5–9 or ages 10–12.
  6. Each poem entered must be submitted on a separate sheet of 8½” x 11″ paper. Typed entries are preferred.
  7. On the back of the poem, include contestant’s full name, address, phone number, email, age and category.
  8. Poems will not be returned and become the property of MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids.


All entries must be sent to:
20 West Del Norte
Colorado Springs, CO 80907


One grand-prize winner in each category will receive an Amazon Gift Certificate worth $50 and an autographed copy of That Cat Can’t Stay by Thad Krasnesky.

Entries will be judged for theme, originality, creativity, and artistic quality. Winning poems in each category will be highlighted in a video podcast for MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids during 2010.

Sponsored by:

Meet Me at the Corner: Virtual Field Trips for Kids and Flashlight Press

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