Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Petit Collage: 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home Hits Stores Today!

Petit Collage founder Lorena Siminovich's FIRST EVER craft book is out today, and we just KNOW that it is going to appear at the top of everyone's gift list!

Our first craft Book! 

Watch the book trailer for this gorgeous book featured at Oh Joy's blog!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

National Poetry Month Interview with Karen Benke

A Chat with Karen Benke: Author, Poet & Creative Writing Instructor
Nicki Richesin | The Children’s Book Review | April 12, 2014

Karen Benke
Karen Benke
It’s National Poetry Month this April and what better way to celebrate than a chat with author, poet, and creative writing instructor Karen Benke.
Karen is the author of two wonderfully magical books about creative writing Rip The Page! and Leap Write in! Both of these empowering books will inspire your child/tween/teen (or even inner child) to write with more joy and wild abandon and may even unleash a hidden writer. Let’s “leap write in” with Karen…
Nicki Richesin: After reading your books, you seem like you should be an ambassador or Nobel Laureate for creative writing. How did you first come up with the idea for Rip the Page?
Rip the Page by Karen BenkeKaren Benke: I’d been teaching in the California Poets in the Schools program for about 15 years and had a room filled with file folders of student poems and stray notes…word lists, quotes, prompts—so many prompts— everything I use for getting kids inspired to pick up a pencil and dive into a poem or story.  I actually got the idea for RTP! because I wanted to tidy up my office and find a way to bring my lesson plans to class in an easy way that would inspire me and the kids, without papers trailing after me in the hallway! But I didn’t know where to start.  So I shut the door and wandered off to the Library—instead of the Container Store—for inspiration. I was in search for a book that could pull it all together: prompts, word lists, student poems, definitions, encouragement. But I couldn’t find the book I was looking for.  When I mentioned this to my friend Norman, he told me in no uncertain terms that I had to write the book I wanted to find. So that’s what I did.  The idea came because I was attempting to impose order to the chaos and because a friend suggested I write the book I wanted to read.  I also wanted a way to showcase some of the many fine student poems I love.
NR: Both your books offer a treasure trove full of writing prompts, wise advice from authors, inspiration, and life lessons along the way, such as how to cultivate gratitude. How did you assemble this vast collection of writing exercises and magical prompts?

KB: As a poet-teacher who spent a lot of time with elementary school-aged kids, I thought a lot about how I felt as a second, third, and fourth grader and how I loved to write and longed to hear and learn things with catchy phrases, images, and visuals………Click here to continue reading the full interview at The Children's Book Review.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Meet the Authors at the Texas Library Association Conference

Meet the authors Monica Brown, Penny Warner, Diana Lopez, and Carmen Tafolla at the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio on April 9-11, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

FCL Authors at the San Antonio Book Festival this Saturday!

Full Circle Literary will be very well represented at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 5th, 2014, with appearances by Angela Cervantes, Malín Alegría, Tim Z. Hernandez, René Colato Laínez, and San Antonio's own Inagural Poet Laurerate, Carmen Tafolla.

So if you're in town, stop by and get your books signed by these fabulous authors (and the many others who will also be participating).

For a full list of authors participating in the festival this year, go here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Bank Street College 2014 Best Book of the Year

Congratulations Diana Lopez's latest middle grade novel, ASK MY MOOD RING HOW I FEEL, has been named a Bank Street College 2014 Best Book of the Year!

Download a free Discussion Guide here  -- perfect for classroom discussions or mother-daughter book clubs!

Meet Diana Lopez at the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio next week. She will be speaking on the TLA Panel "People Who Look Like Me" on Thursday, April 10, at 10:00 am, followed by a book signing at the Little Brown booth from 2:00-3:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Monday, March 31, 2014

SIDE BY SIDE/LADO A LADO by Monica Brown honors Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez

On Cesar Chavez Day and with the release of the Cesar Chavez major motion picture this weekend, remember SIDE BY SIDE/LADO A LADO: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez by Monica Brown, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (HarperCollins).

NAACP Image Award Finalist
Tejas Star Book Award Finalist

"Cesar was a very smart person and a very hard worker who believed in helping people and reaching goals through nonviolent and peaceful methods." --Dolores Huerta, who will celebrate her 84th birthday on April 10th, quoted in Side by Side/Lado a lado



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