Monday, January 13, 2014

Cybils Awards and those crazy dinosaurs!

Happy New Year! Glad to be back with you here in 2014! I'm sure many of you have already seen it, but in case you haven't, the Cybils Awards shortlists were announced. The middle grade fiction list is full of wonderful books, if I do say so myself! It includes:
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  • Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg
  • The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus
  • Ultra by David Carroll

To see all the shortlists, including fiction picture books (another favorite), click here.

I'm sure many of you are hoping for a new MMGM today, and I promise one next week, but for today I wanted to share a fun picture book by one of my favorite authors.

by: Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott
Carolrhoda Books 2013

Dino-Wrestling is another wonderful addition to the Dino sports books.  I shared Dino-Baseball a couple of years ago here. My youngest loves these books, and what boy wouldn't? Dinosaurs, sports and terrific rhyme - what a match made in heaven!

In this installment, the Dino-Wrestling Jamboree has come to town. The dinos are wrestling to win their matches, but things get a little crazy when the Ptero twins try to join in each match. Who will win?

What kids will love - Everything I mentioned above, plus the colorful illustrations. And each book leads into the next in the series, which pulls them all together. 

What I learned as a writer - Lisa is a master of rhyme, so reading her books is like a tutorial in the subject. As a past attendee of Lisa's Picture Book Boot Camp, I love reading her books with my notes alongside. She is a master in the picture book field! If you ever have a chance to attend a boot camp, I highly recommend it. Check out her website for information:

I'm looking forward to 2014 and sharing children's books and writing with you. See you next week!