“'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

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Love books and want to meet some authors?

Silly question.  I know that, if you're coming to The Picnic Basket, you're a book lover, a book devourer, an I-want-to-know-everything-I-can-about-kids-books kind of person.  For me, I love hearing the stories-behind-the-story directly from the authors.  I mean, who knows their books better than they do?  This week, you can meet -- and win FREE books from:

Lita Judge, author and illustrator of BORN TO BE GIANTS:  HOW BABY DINOSAURS GREW TO RULE THE WORLD.  She tells readers that "as a kid I ... was obsessed with dinosaurs. My grandparents were scientists who studied birds of prey, and as a youngster I imagined I was feeding a baby dinosaur when I helped care for baby hawks and eagles. By the time I was fifteen, I got myself a job on a dinosaur dig and spent three summers digging fossils for the Tyrrell Museum in Canada." Read more here or email the author for your chance to win. 

J.M. deMatteis, author of IMAGINALIS.  He tells us that "as someone who struggled (mightily!) as a student—and was saved by some exceptional teachers who saw past the surface to who I really was—the world of books provided an entrance to endless universes that stimulated both mind and spirit."  You can win a signed book or arrange to Skype with the author. Read more from J.M. here

So, what are you waiting for?