Ten-Minute Blog Break - 25th April

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Nick Cross writes:
Welcome back to the Blog Break. Hopefully, you saw the Words & Pictures editorial a couple of days ago, but if not:


Thank you.

Spurred on by Candy Gourlay, lots of SCBWI folk have been participating in the Read Out Loud Challenge to build school libraries in the Philippines. Kathy Evans blogs about doing her part (she's recorded 20 videos at time of writing), and so does Peter Bunzl.

What do poems make? Prizes! That's if you're reading Rebecca Colby's blog anyway, as she's offering some great giveaways for adults and children if they write her a poem to celebrate National Poetry Month.

When she isn't recording videos, Kathy Evans is struggling to write what will become her second published novel. Blogging for Notes from the Slushpile, she delves into the psychological torment that is Second Book Syndrome, and asks a host of other children's writers to contribute their hints and tips for getting through it.

The appearance of lots of new kidlit books in my house is one sign that the Carnegie awards are imminent, and another is Space on the Bookshelf's annual Carnegie Shadowing series of blog posts, reviewing the shortlisted titles.

How do you find the right voice and story to appeal to young readers? It's an eternal question, but Kellie Jackson is tackling it via a perceptive blog post where she takes her eighteen-year-old daughter down memory lane to talk about the books she's loved growing up.

The world of technology moves so fast, and yet it seems to take just as long to bring a digital product to market as it does to publish a printed book. It was two full years ago that I first mentioned Sarah Towle's Time Traveler Tours project, and in her latest blog post she marks a real milestone on her journey - the first professional review of the finished app.


Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile - his most recent post finds him asking the question Can Acting Make You a Better Writer?.

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