Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Conference Blog Break

Logo by Melany Pietersen
OK, I admit it - by midday yesterday, I was beginning to doubt myself. Would anyone remember my Conference Blog Challenge? And even so, would anyone actually enter it?

Then at 12:48, the first post appeared. And they kept on coming! The lesson here being: put your faith in Scoobies and they won't disappoint you :-)

Monday, 23 November 2015

A Visit to Paddington Children's Library

Paddington Children’s Library sits almost across from the Royal Oak tube station in central London, hidden away down a ramp from the street. Inside, on a Friday morning, a few women and children are sitting on the floor reading or choosing books. They reflect the diversity of this very heterogeneous neighbourhood. Behind the desk is Sue, a cheerful volunteer doing some paperwork. Just before 10:30, more mothers, nannies and grannies and small children file in and sit on low chairs; it’s almost Toddler Time (“songs and stories followed by simple crafts”).

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Proofreading Tips - False Friends

False Friends 3

Here’s another batch of homophones, heterographs and easy-to-mix-up-pairs-of-words. 

Having used up all the obvious words that get mixed up in False Friends 1 & False Friends 2, I wonder anyone writing for children is using False Friends 3?

See False Friends One here  and False Friends Two here 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Ten-Minute Blog Break & Conference Blog Challenge

Logo by Melany Pietersen
It's that time of year again, when you're trying to concentrate on the things you should be doing, but you can't help being distracted by an imminent once-a-year event. No, not Christmas, silly - the SCBWI British Isles Conference in Winchester! And to that end, I've got a little challenge for you...

Monday, 16 November 2015

They come in threes

Image via Pratham Books
That vitally important triumvirate of Parents, Teachers and Librarians (which often intersect) are our theme of the moment.
 Especially for creators of work for younger readers, these are the people who put books into children's hands. Yet sometimes a less than friendly term is used for them collectively...

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Two new members of the team!

I'd like to introduce two new members to the Words & Pictures Team. Please give a very warm welcome to our new Slushpile Challenge Editor, Elaine Cline - who has taken over from Chitra. And to our new Events Editor, Vivienne Dacosta - who will be taking over from Lou in January. Lou will continue with her other role of doing a fabulous job of being joint Writing Features Editor with Julie.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Three for the Price of One!

Today we celebrate the power of three as picture book authors Rebecca Colby, Karen Owen and Clare Welsh celebrate their book birthdays.