BLOG BREAK Diaries and Dragons

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

We're back! It seems like a long time since I last surveyed our SCBWI-BI bloggers, but luckily they've kept going in the interim...

With the year still young, several of our bloggers have been thinking about new year resolutions. Chitra Soundar's blog post at Picture Book Den explores picture books that help children form good habits and break bad ones. Meanwhile, Vanessa Harbour is thinking about her own habits and resolving to read more for pleasure, not just for work.

Something you won't want to face the new year without is a diary. And luckily, Kelly McCaughrain is blogging all about her favourite Redstone Diaries, which are so good that they even inspired her award-winning novel!

Here's a blog post from way back in November that I obviously missed because of the Blog Break's, erm, break. Sally Poyton - who is an artist as well as a writer - discusses the challenges of sharing a writing work in progress, compared to more visual artforms.

Liz Flanagan clearly loves dragons, having written two books about them! But her article in Books for Keeps asks why we have such a fascination in society more widely.

With the publication of the fourth and final Cogheart adventure, Peter Bunzl gets a nice spot on the Waterstones blog to talk about his favourite animal sidekicks from children’s literature.


*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 post sees him teaming up with his agent Heather Cashman, for an investigation of the value of comp titles.

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