BLOG BREAK Shortlisting, Critiquing and Networking

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

Let's start off with a couple of posts featuring our Carnegie-shortlisted SCBWI-BI authors (so exciting to write that sentence!) First off, we have Sophie Anderson, who's talking about The House With Chicken Legs on Sarah Broadley's blog.

Meanwhile, here's Carnegie-shortlisted Candy Gourlay delving into a thorny subject - how do you reconcile loving a book from your childhood that is, nonetheless, racist? Candy takes another look at Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and blogs about whether it should be recommended to contemporary readers.

Time for a delightful change of pace. Paeony Lewis gifts us another of her excellent Picture Book Den illustration posts, this time looking at the fascinating subject of Dioramas and 3D Illustration in Children’s Picture Books

Starting a new critique group can be a tricky business. Claire Fayers has some suggestions, based on an unusual online and offline group she's set up in Cardiff.

Kelly McCaughrain really, really hates networking. But she also loves meeting a group of like-minded people. So what gives? Find out in a characteristically entertaining blog post.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Nick Cross

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. An Undiscovered Voices winner, he both writes and illustrates for children, and was honours winner of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post is The Thrill of the Chase - My Quest for the Perfect Agent

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