Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CT Children's Book Fair 2017: Part 1


Excellent guessing, Riddlers! This week we're featuring highlights from the CT Children's Book Fair on the UCONN campus. We always have a fabulous time, and this year was no exception! It was fun to listen to the authors talk about the stories behind their stories. The day was inspirational, and we'll be back again next year.

Moments that arise may be a book's birth in disguise. There are those with eyes to see all a scene can really be. They ask, "what if?" or "where'd it go?'- this person will imagine it so. A blank page is the space where they'll shave the story's face. Stringing words in lines, meanings point to signs. Inner space cosmonauts, creating with inky thoughts.

What am I referring to? Answer: Authors!

Happy reading!
~ Jess & Stephanie

MARC BROWN, Arthur books/ PBS cartoon, Mary McScary


Marc Brown's presentation was fun, and it was interesting to learn about the evolution of Arthur's nose and how many of the stories and characters are based on real life. We also enjoyed hearing about Mary McScary. Watch out! She's looking to give you a fright!


Meet Mary McScary. Mary likes to be scary. She scares her mom, her dad, her pets, and even a balloon! But there's just one person Mary can't scare -- her cousin, Harry McScary. He's not afraid of the usual things, like spiders, snakes, and other creepy crawlies. But Mary doesn't give up that easily, and one way or another she'll find a way to give Harry the scare of his life. . . Beware of Mary McScary! ~Scholastic




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CAROL WESTON, Ava and Pip, Girl Talk, Speed of Life


As an active columnist, Carol Weston lends advice to girls living in the world today. She talked about how her own experiences influence her stories. When it comes to writing, she explained that there is always more than one draft of a story, and the best ones appear after many sloppy copies.


We're excited for the new book she's planning about the Spanish princess Infanta Margarita, a fascinating character, who must have had plenty of issues growing up as a royal young girl!


Tune in Friday for part 2 of our highlights from the CT Children's Book Fair. Featuring: Gordon Korman and Cammie McGovern
See you all around the book block! 
Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson,
co-authors of the Fairday Morrow series

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like Mary is a girl after my own heart! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Hopefully part of the highlight is you two featured at that conference!

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  3. Yay for awesome riddle :D And these events sounds like so much fun. Glad you had a great time :)

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  4. Always great when a grand time is had and one wants to keep going back.

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  5. Hi Jess and Stephanie - sounds like you had a great time ... fascinating to see how others got to publish their books ... but your artwork is wonderful - while those words guzzled by the bookworm are such a great idea ...

    Cheers Hilary

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  6. That looks like a great fair. It must have been fascinating to get those insights into stories as well as future works.

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  7. Definitely sounds like you had a great time! It's always fun meeting other authors and learning about their stories.

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  8. It sounds like you had a fantastic time there.

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  9. Oh what fun. Did you come home with armloads of new books as well as inspiration? I hope so.

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  10. What fun! I love Marc Brown! And Mary McS are, too!

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  11. It definitely sounds like you had a great time, which is fantastic!

    All the best Jan

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  12. What a great experience. I can see why you're ready to go back next year.

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  13. That was a tricky riddle this week!
    Sounds like a fantastic time!!

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  14. Yay, I got this one right and I was not sure of it at all... xox

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