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Here’s me using A. S. King in a sentence.

12 Oct


A. S. King was amazing! I went to her small session where she told us about her experience working and presenting to kids.  Then she was our evening guest speaker where she told us about her experiences growing up, becoming a writer and the books, people and experiences that had the biggest impacts on her. She had us laughing and crying and wanting to be better people. She also made me want to reread  Paul Zindel’s The Pigman   for the first time since about 1978. I learned the word congealed from that book, but it was one of the first books with truly realistic characters that really spoke to me as a teen.

Here is a cool fact: at about age 14 she wrote down that she wanted to write books that would help kids understand adults and adults understand kids.  How cool is that!?

Here is an important question for educators: How often do we let kids just write? No prompt, just write about what they are thinking, experiencing, worrying about, either as narrative or as fiction.

And now, just for laughs, here is the outtake:


Now, go out and read her books!

Happy “I Love Yarn Day”!

11 Oct


Today is I LOVE YARN DAY and I probably won’t have time to knit. I’m currently working on a Kithara Shawlette, which is the October shawl in my shawlette club at my local yarn shop.


I’m at a conference all weekend. It is an awesome conference and I am most excited to see A. S. King. She is our Saturday evening speaker. I saw her at Powells last October, on a night of torrential rain & a presidential debate. There were only about 6 of us there, but she was great! Reality Boy comes out on the 22nd. I know it is unlikely, but I’m hoping she has some copies with her.

Tomorrow, I am presenting a session about the Teacher Read Aloud Book Club I ran last year. I am presenting at 3, the same time Kadir Nelson presents. If no one shows up, I will go to his session.

I will bring my knitting along, in case I have some down time. And so I can fondle some yarn on I LOVE YARN DAY!

Come to a great conference October 11th and 12th!

6 Oct

Here’s what I’ll be up to next weekend. i hope to see you there. I am also presenting a session about the Teacher Read Aloud Book Club we had at William Walker Elementary last year.


The Oregon Association of School Libraries is “Branching Out’ and sending an open invitation to all educators to join them for the annual Fall Conference.  We’re thrilled that the conference is moving to Portland for 2013.  Jesuit High School in southwest Portland will be hosting this year.  We will still have the same high quality keynote speakers, authors, workshops, concurrent sessions and vendors as before.

Click HERE for registration information.


Growing up in Pennsylvania, Amy Sarig King (who writes under the name A. S. King) was an avid reader and thought about being a writer. What motivated her to sit down and start typing on her Swedish typewriter was reading one book a day for six months, with Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses physically moving her into the writer’s chair. Along her circuitous career path, she has been a rare poultry breeder, photographer, master printer, contractor, summer camp counselor, adult literacy teacher, and pizza delivery driver. After writing seven novels over a fifteen year time span, King’s first book The Dust of 100 Dogs was published in 2009. Her subsequent writing has won numerous awards. Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a 2011 Printz Award Honor Book, as well as an Edgar Award nominee, while Everybody Sees the Ants was one of YALSA’s 2012 Top Ten Books for Young Adults and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Her last YA novel, Ask the Passengers, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for young adult literature, a Lambda Literary Award, and a spot on School Library Journal’s Best Books 2012 list. Three new books will be published in 2013 with King’s work in them (two anthologies and a novel, Reality Boy), which we certainly won’t want to miss.


Although she was born in Puerto Rico, Carmen “T” Bernier-Grand lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their bilingual dogs, Falcon and Lily. She is a multiple national and local award-winning author of eleven books for children and young adults. Recently, she wrote Our Lady Of Guadalupe, as well as the biography in verse Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice. In addition to biographies of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Alicia Alonso, Don Luis Muňoz Marín, Pablo Picasso, and César Chavez, she is also well-known for her two collections of folktales, Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico and Shake It, Morena! And Other Folklore from Puerto Rico.

When Carmen was growing up in Puerto Rico, she had no idea that she would become a writer. Her teachers always told her that she had a great imagination, but she wasn’t sure how she felt about that because her sister Lisette used to say that making up stories meant you were a liar. In third grade, her teacher read one of Carmen’s stories to the class, and told them she wanted to publish it in the school newspaper.” Despite such an enthusiastic endorsement from her teacher, Carmen did not initially choose to become a writer. She studied and taught math and later became a computer programmer. After deciding to stay home with her children, Carmen felt the need to write. She took on the challenge of writing a story in her second language of English and submitted it to a Willamette Writers contest. When she found out she had won, Carmen determined that she would write for children with the hope of one day having her stories published in Spanish. We are pleased to welcome Carmen Bernier-Grand to the conference. She is presenting with Rosanne Parry on Saturday’s Session 3, 1:30-2:30.

 We are all excited to enjoy the work and words of Kadir Nelson, most recently author-illustrator of the children’s biography Nelson Mandela, as well as Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, and the award-winning We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. In addition, his gorgeous oil paintings have illuminated other authors’ work, including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s illustrated I Have A Dream, Matt de la Pena’s A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis, and Carol Boston Weatherford’s Moses and Ellen Levine’s Henry’s Freedom Box for which he won a Caldecott Honor Medal. Nelson has garnered both the Coretta Scott King Illustrator and Author awards, a Sibert medal, the NAACP Image Award, the CASEY award for best baseball book, as well as having his fine art collected by major public and private institutions worldwide.
In addition to Saturday evening’s 7pm presentation, Kadir Nelson will be presenting a session from 3:00-4:00 on Saturday.
Click HERE for registration information.

Looking ahead

1 Oct

There are a couple of books coming out this month that I am very excited about.

First up is Reality Boy by A. S. King.


If you haven’t read any A. S. King, you should. In the meantime, click HERE to learn about Reallity Boy.

Next up is Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the final book in the Divergent series.


It is supposed to be out October 22, but get a sneak peak HERE!

Always on the lookout for a good dog book, I’m looking forward to Cynthia Rylant’s God Got a Dog. You can learn more about it HERE.


Finally. local author Deborah Hopkinson has The Great Trouble coming soon.


You can find out why I’m excited HERE

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