Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley's YA steampunk novel EXTRACTED (The Lost Imperials, Book 1), in which two siblings, unknowingly stolen from history, fight on opposing sides of a battle to control time and space, was sold to Kate Kaynak at Spencer Hill Press, in a nice deal, for publication in November 2013.
Twice each month Diane Kress Hower is sharing Colorado authors and illustrator's books on TV with KKCO, News 11, Morning Show Book Talks and Blog review. She is taking submissions from all RMC/SCBWI members. One book per author or illustrator. Will require one hard copy book and your postage. Details are at www.bookwisdombydiane.blogspot.com
Nancy Lee Mervar published her second book, Bully Goat to the Rescue, with the help of third to fifth grade students in local schools. During the last month, Dr. Mervar re-visited each of these schools so that students could see their finished product and recognize the value of the revision process.
Karla Oceanak’s book EGGHEAD, the 5th title in the alphabetical Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, was published in May by Bailiwick Press. The series’ DIY art-o-biography journal, also by Oceanak, publishes in June.
Nancy Oswald’s middle grade historical fiction novel, RESCUE IN POVERTY GULCH, received First Place for the EVVY Awards sponsored the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association (CIPA). The same book received a Spur Finalist Award from Western Writers of America, and has been nominated for a Colorado Book Award. Filter Press Books, 2011.
Jean Reidy's picture book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Margaret Chodos-Irvine (Disney Hyperion, 2011) was selected as afinalist for the Colorado Book Award, The Crystal Kite Member Choice Award and The Colorado Authors' League Award.
THE QUEEN OF WATER (Delacorte, 2011), by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango, won the Americas Award Honorable Mention for a work that authentically and engagingly portrays Latin America. The YA novel-- based closely on Maria Virginia's childhood in Ecuador-- was also selected as a Skipping Stones Honor Book for International Literature. http://www.lauraresau.com/the-queen-of-water.html
Amy Kathleen Ryan is delighted to announce that book two in her SKY CHASERS series, SPARK, will be released July 17, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. Early ARC reviews agree that SPARK outshines GLOW, the first book, which was chosen by SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL as a Best Book of 2011.
Todd Tuell has recently relaunched his book blog at www.Books4Boyz.org. The site offers thoughts and resources to help parents and educators of and writers for boys to encourage young men to become avid, life-long readers. Included in the postings are podcast interviews with authors, publishers and educators including Bruce Coville, Adam Rex, Todd Mitchell and Denise Vega.
June 8, 2012, 6-7 P.M.
The Bookworm Bookstore, 295 Main Street C101, Edwards, CO
Jean will be reading and signing TOO PRINCESSY! along with other storytime activities.
Thursday, June 14, 3:00pm start
Old Firehouse Books, 232 Walnut St., Fort Collins, Colorado
Natasha will kick off this Father's Day event for kids with a reading of her new book, The Night Before Father's Day. Kids will then do an art project for dad with the guidance of Creative Specialist Stephie Morton. Book signing during the event. Say Happy Father's Day with a book and one-of-a-kind art!
Tuesday, June 19, 6-8 pm
The Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, CO
Gary Raham will join two fellow authors to present "A Tale of Three Authors. Each author will describe their personal and professional journeys in the creation of their latest books. Raham will take readers to a journey 70 million years into the past with his graphic story, "The Dinosaurs' Last Seashore" and his YA SF novel, "A Singular Prophecy." Meet authors and buy books for the grandkids! Light refreshments, including special muffins.
Friday, June 8, 10am-6-pm
309 E. Mulberry St., Fort Collins
Aldo Zelnick World HQ Open House
Attention parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators and, most welcome of all, kids! Pop in for a tour of an author and illustrator's studio, hang out with Karla and Kendra, watch Kendra draw LIVE, start working on your own kid art-o-biography, and nibble on yummy treats. Free! Kids who attend will get a free sketchbook (while supplies last)! www.aldozelnick.com