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Welcome to the mid-June edition of the Children's Book News Email! I'll be heading off to ALA next week. For those of you interested in following along with a first-time ALA attendee, I'll be blogging about it later next week at the link below. Otherwise, I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Fran's Blog


Bloomsbury auctions children's book illustrations.

Bloomsbury Auction

The next Carnival of Children's Literature is putting out a call for submissions on "Fathers in Children's Literature." You can submit until June 21st.

Carnival Submissions

Dragonology series may be turned into a feature film.


A political parody of Goodnight Moon, by Little, Brown.

Goodnight Bush

Book banding: a viewpoint in favor.

Text Version - Link 2

Can you believe it? Another celebrity author is writing a children's book! Hey, if the Bushes can do it, why not the McCains? Chelsey, are you taking notes?


Prequel to Harry Potter sold for $48,000+

Harry Potter


Shrinking Violet blog does a great job of "decoding" what the marketing information on the back of ARCs actually means. Well worth the read!

Decoding the ARC

Here are some suggestions for what an author's email signature should look like.



The National Institute for Literacy and Mocha Moms, Inc., a national support organization for stay-at-home mothers of color, have launched a partnership to boost children's literacy skills - in barbershops! (Note: you'll have to scroll down the page a bit to find the article).

Barbershop Reads

Here are some tips for engaging dads (and boys) in reading!



SCBWI Nevada is up to its old tricks - it's putting on another incredible program for writers. This time, it's a novel immersion retreat in September, 2008. 3 tracks for beginners on up to published writers. I can personally vouch for Nevada SCBWI - they helped launch my career in children's publishing!

Nevada SCBWI Novel Immersion Retreat

SCBWI Annual Summer Conference is August 1-4, 2008 in Los Angeles! Register Now!

SCBWI Annual Conference

SCBWI Western Washington has its retreat November 7-9, 2008. My own editor, Patricia Lee Gauch will be there - she's an amazing speaker!

SCBWI Western Washington

That's all the news that's fit to link to, for this time. Hope to see you at ALA!

Happy Reading (and Writing!),

Fran Cannon Slayton
How To Stop a Moving Train
Philomel Book/Penguin
August, 2009

Fran Cannon Slayton


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