“'There's cold chicken inside it,' replied the Rat briefly; 'coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrench

'O stop, stop,' cried the Mole in ecstacies: 'This is too much!'”
-- from
The Wind in the Willows

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Here's what I'm thinking about this first November Wednesday:

THE GREAT ALA KID/YA LIT TWEET-UP:  Coming to Boston for the American Library Association's Midwinter conference? If you're a tweeting librarian (or author, illustrator, publisher, agent, editor, reviewer, blogger, bookseller -- anyone interested in children's and YA lit), join us:

Saturday, January 16, 2010
4-6 pm
at the Birch Bar in the Westin Waterfront hotel
(connected to the convention center)!

Talk social media, chat about books, share program ideas, meet fellow Picnic Basket reviewers and the people you've been re-tweeting, listing, and following, see old friends.

We'll have a BOOK SWAP too so the great Kid/YA Lit book community can continue interacting after our tweet-up's over.  Mingle with children's lit authors, librarians, magazine editors, agents, bloggers, publishers.  And I'd love to see you there, too.  Say yes.  Check out who's in for the fun (just think, you can meet Mitali Perkins, author of SECRET KEEPER which so many of you enjoyed) and register (free) here.

BOOKS FOR TEEN BOOK GROUPS AND BOOK CLUBSThe November 1st issue of Kidsbookclubbing features book giveaways for your teen book groups as well as the inside story from these authors:

- Award-winning author Gayle Forman who writes about how everything changes in a single moment for her seventeen-year-old character in If I Stay.
- New York Times bestselling author Jay Asher, who worked as a bookseller and a librarian, before writing his debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why.

- Laurie Halse Anderson, winner of the 2009 Edwards Award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult readers, as she talks honestly and speaks up loudly about her novel Wintergirls, and
- Amy Efaw, graduate of West Point Military Academy and mother of five, whose spent hours observing juvenile offenders while researching her book After.

Read more of their stories and find out about inviting them to your book group -- in person or by phone or Skype -- here.

RECENT PICNIC BASKET BOOKS GETTING LOTS OF COMMENTS: Did you take a peek at what's being said about THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE, WHO WANTS TO BE A POODLE? I DON'T, and HOW DO YOU WOKKA-WOKKA?. Even though the review copies have been sent, the comments from teachers and librarians who've read these are worth a look.

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