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Never Underestimate the Power of a Picture Book…

rnewman504:

Please help support this great cause.

Originally posted on Michelle Eastman Books:

I am celebrating the power of picture books through an initiative called #MARCHingBookstoKidshttps://www.facebook.com/PBPiO Please join us by donating a book to a child of an incarcerated parent.

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The Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project is collecting books for children birth-17 years of age. Each month, VNS volunteers record an incarcerated parent reading a book to his/her child. The book and the recording are mailed to the child to keep. Please include a note stating that your book is part of the Picture Book Pass it On/MARCHing Books to Kids initiative.

VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project

c/o Tabby Kuehl (MARCHing Books to KIds)

1111 9th Street

Suite 320

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Thank you for making a difference to a family in need.

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The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman

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Five bookworms for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake!!! Please check out Erik Weibel’s review at thiskidreviewsbooks.com.

Originally posted on This Kid Reviews Books:

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By Robin Newman

Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Creston Books  on May 12, 2015

Synopsis- From GoodReads: “When food goes missing on Ed’s farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves. In this case, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake has disappeared. Has it been stolen? Or eaten? Or both? Who dunnit?

What I Thought- First off, I love the fact that the detectives are mice, and that they are MFI’s (Missing Food Investigators). That is just plain awesomeness there! The story is everything a kid would want – the writing is kid-friendly, there are cute main characters, a mystery to solve, humor, and great illustrations. The mystery keeps the main characters wrapped up in it and guessing. As more and more carrot cake goes missing…

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UP! — BANK STREET BOOK STORE Bonanza!

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Please check out Writer Side UP’s AWESOME post on Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening. Don’t pass this one up. You’ll be missing out!

Originally posted on Writer Side UP!:

Bank Street Storefront with red carpet copyFor a children’s book lover like me, attending a big KidLit event is akin to a giddy movie fan attending an after party for the Academy Awards. Granted—it’s been a long time since I’ve cared to watch an award show, but that’s not the point. In my opinion this far exceeds any of that brouhaha, and I can tell you—I’ll eat my bookmark if I didn’t see a red carpet on the sidewalk in front of the Bank Street Book Store for its Grand Re-Opening celebration on March 7th!

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Never mind that this was in Manhattan, much like the Bronx Bombers’ “Murderers’ Row,” the line up of 31 guest authors and illustrators was filled with KidLit “home run” hitters. We’re talkin’ Newbery and Caldecott, people! No, I kid you not!

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A Special Treat: Laura Sassi at the Financier Patisserie

What could be better on a rainy day, not to mention more appropriate, than listening to Laura Sassi read her playful, rhyming tale of Noah in Goodnight, Ark, illustrated by Jane Chapman (Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company 2014), at the Financier Patisserie.

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Laura’s super-adorable, pint-sized fans were thrilled when two stuffed skunks came out to greet them. They also enjoyed a craft project with animal stickers.

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The Financier Patisserie, located at 35 Cedar Street in lower Manhattan, hosts children’s book events once a month. So, bring your kids for a fun read, craft, and then don’t forget to have lunch and dessert. We did and it was DE-LI-CIOUS! For more information regarding the Financier Patisserie’s events, please check out their Facebook page by clicking here. Bon Appetit!

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Win A Doodle! Woo!

rnewman504:

What could be better than a chance to win one of Mike Allegra’s awesome doodles?

Originally posted on heylookawriterfellow:

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When I posted my first “Win a Doodle!” contest last year, my motives were simple: I didn’t have a post but I still wanted to post something. I figured that maybe a dozen blog followers would enter. Instead, the comments section went nutty. I was bewildered.

So I did the doodle contest thing a few months later – and that turnout was even nuttier.

It’s been a quite a while since my last doodle contest — and a few of you rabble rousers won’t let me forget it. I have been harassed! Harangued! Badgered! Bullied!

And, like France on the eve of a major war, I have capitulated.

So TAA DAA! Here’s another chance to win your very own doodle!

IF YOU WIN, I WILL DRAW WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Yep. It’s true. Need proof? Fine.

Jenion, the winner of the first doodle contest, is an avid cyclist. She asked me to doodle a cyclist. So I did.

Ta daa! Ta daa! (Click to see larger.)

Kid…

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Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening

 

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It was a day of celebration for the Upper West Side, as Bank Street Book Store cut the red ribbon and opened its doors at its new location on 107th Street and Broadway. Children, parents, authors, illustrators, politicians, and friends of Bank Street from near and far came out in droves to show their love and support for the bookstore.

I am thrilled beyond words to have been a part of this great day.

Here are some highlights (contributing photography and videography by Zoe Newman Sachs, Donna Marie and Eric Pearl).

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 (Left to right) Council Member Mark Levine, Borough President Gale Brewer, Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky

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 A dream come true to see my book at Bank Street Book Store

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Jerry Pinkney 

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Rebecca Stead and me 

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Deborah Heiligman and Andrew Laties

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Betsy Bird 

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Robie Harris and Amy Hest

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 Shael Polakow-Suransky and Cynthia Weill

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Todd Tarpley

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Vin Vogel and me 

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Sandra Jordan 

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Donna Marie 

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Peter Lerangis 

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Me and Chris Grabenstein 

My niece, Zoe, is a HUGE fan of Chris Grabenstein. She couldn’t make it in time for his reading so he was kind enough to make this video for her.

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Jill Davis and James Grimaldi 

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Jill Davis and her adoring, super adorable fans

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Me and Jill Davis 

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Nina and Leslie Zampetti

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Mawrters in the House!

Annina Luck Wildermuth (Bryn Mawr ’84) and me (Bryn Mawr ’89) 

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Francoise Newman, Vanessa Rule (Bryn Mawr ’91), Hilary Newman (Bryn Mawr ’89) and Zoe Newman Sachs (Bryn Mawr Year T/B/D) 

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Rory Deutsch, Judith Meehan, and me

If you love Bank Street as much as I do, please show your support for the bookstore. Become a frequent customer, encourage friends, neighbors and family to become frequent customers, and become a friend of Bank Street Book Store. To learn more about how you can become a friend of Bank Street, please contact the store.

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Three cheers for Bank Street Book Store! Congratulations and thanks so much for a wonderful day!!!

Mark Your Calendars for Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening

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On March 7, 2015, Bank Street Book Store is having their Grand Opening at their new location at 2780 Broadway (corner of 107th Street and Broadway).

The ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am will be followed by an all day Story Time Festival featuring over twenty children’s book authors. Please come by to check out the new space, schmooze and enjoy refreshments.

Guest Authors:

Peter Ackerman

Meg Akabas

Betsy Bird

Jill Davis

Alix Delinois

Monica Edinger

Tim Federle

Isabel Gillies

Chris Grabenstein

Robie Harris

Deborah Heiligman

Amy Hest

Nina Jaffe

Sandra Jordan

Susan Kuklin

Patricia Lakin

Peter Lerangis

Carolyn Mackler

Robin Newman – Reading at 4:00 pm!!!

Jerry Pinkney

Doreen Rappaport

Chris Raschka

Jill Santopolo

Eliot Schrefer

Rebecca Stead

Rachel Vail

Cynthia Weill

Carol Weston

I will be reading The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015), at 4:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

#KidLitArt28 + a birthday greeting post

rnewman504:

What a great birthday present from my friend, fellow blogger, writer and illustrator, Teresa Robeson! This made my day! xo

Originally posted on One Good Thing:

I think my friend, Sylvia Liu, and I are becoming Queens of Multi-purposing. :)

This post is used for 1) a post for One Good Thing, of course, 2) a birthday greeting for Robin Newman, the author of the book “A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of The Missing Carrot Cake,” which is getting some rave reviews, and 3) for the one-a-day-in-February #KidLitArt28 challenge.
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All-Points Bulletin: Have You Seen This Egg?


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Photo source: Wikipedia

Name: Penny

Last seen: At chicken coop

When: Evening before the Egg Speggtacular

Feb. 6, 2015 – Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold, Missing Food Investigators, have just been assigned to their second case, The Case of the Poached Egg, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, release date T/B/D).

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If you see or hear anything, please contact the MFI at:

1-800-MFI-FOOD

Proceed with caution. Suspects considered dangerous.

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© 2015 Deborah Zemke. All rights reserved. This illustration cannot be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information or retrieval systems without permission in writing from its publisher, Creston Books, LLC.

Kirkus Starred Review for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

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Two police mice, one missing cake, a bunch of suspects—it’s a big case!

When Miss Rabbit leaves her carrot cake (with cream-cheese icing) out to cool and returns later to find only a mess of crumbs, she calls Detective Wilcox and Capt. Griswold. Over 100 animals on Ed’s farm means there’s a lot of suspects. Tongue firmly in cheek, Wilcox tells the story of this challenging case in clipped tones reminiscent of Dragnet. Fowler, the observant owl, loves rabbits, he informs readers. “She liked them for breakfast. She liked them for lunch. And she loved them for dinner.” His narration is peppered with food references that elevate this entertaining mystery, already fizzing with humor and inside jokes. To open their investigation, they slide down the rabbit hole, but Miss Rabbit does not have a crumb of an idea. The repeated food-based idioms (hard nut to crack, slower than molasses, take the cake) alternate with puns that a young reader will appreciate. When questioning Porcini the pig, Wilcox accuses, “Seems like you’ve spent some time in the pen.” The droll language is complemented with full-color cartoon illustrations that extend the text and add to the laughter. Readers ready for chapter books will solve the crime and then be surprised by the twist at the end.

Here’s hoping for more hard-boiled detecting from Wilcox and Griswold! (Mystery. 5-9)

Please click the word link to go to Kirkus Reviews.

p.s. Thanks, Kirkus! You made my year!!!!! :)