5 Prompt Friday!

Git your writin’ stick and git goin’!

Writing Prompts to move you and your pen:

  1. The moment you notice spring has arrived.
  2. A strange little boy is seen wandering the neighborhood and then, watching your house at night.
  3. “You’ve just won one million ______________!”
  4. Melody never even wanted to join marching band.
  5. Quirky traits of a new teacher.

Add your own! Share your story ideas! Have a great writing weekend!


March 12, 2010 at 10:35 am 2 comments


Sometimes, “addictions” can be a good thing. Like when you’re addicted to BOOKS!

Check out this wicked blog I discovered: Addicted 2 Novels. The blog’s creator, Lena, LOVES books but, better for you and me, LOVES to give books AWAY!

Contests to win Teen novels are ongoing. See you there : )

P.S. Speaking of teen novels, check out my interview with Bonnie Hearn Hill and enter to win a copy of Aries Rising

March 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm



Would your school or library like a visit from Katherine Paterson, the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature?

The newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2010-2011 is Katherine Paterson, author of such critically acclaimed and popular classics as “The Bridge to Terabithia” and “Jacob Have I Loved.”

Paterson’s theme for her ambassadorship is “Read for Your Life,” and she will be carrying that message with her during her travels as National Ambassador.

Tell us what kind of event you would develop if Katherine Paterson were to visit. Also, tell us how you would promote the event and to whom. Describe the event and its promotion in detail in no more than 250 words.

The Center for the Book, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader — the CBC foundation — sponsors of the National Ambassador program, will choose one winner. It could be you!

E-mail your entry no later than midnight EDT on March 15 in a Word document attachment to cbc.info@cbcbooks.org.

No more than one entry from each institution, please.

March 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Macaroni Monday


{photo courtesy of kinderteacher.com}

Remember the macaroni art from your younger days? Your home room teacher, or maybe art teacher would pass out bowls of uncooked elbow noodles or fusilli or mostaccioli to paint and paste in a unique design? Or perhaps you’d string the noodles on colorful yarn to make necklaces and bracelets which were then regifted to Mom or Grandma.

Well, today’s writing prompt has to do with Macaroni:

You have two options – either Write a Memory about a Macaroni Art Project you completed (describe the textures, the colors and the finished piece of art and who you gave it to and what their reaction was)

OR …

Write about a funny time you either cooked or ate macaroni (we all know someone who laughed until a slimy wet noodle came out of their nose!) Ew! Gross! I know, but give us the gory details.

Feel free to post some of your writing here! We’d all like to read it…

March 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

{image courtesy of Mrs Derek's Fourth Grade Class Blog}

To celebrate the author/poet/illustrator  get out your Dutter and Dutter, cake cutters, play your Drum-tummied Snumm and your Hinkle-Horn Honkers! The Time-Telling Fish and Great Birthday Bird would like to recite a Birthday Poem! (a smooshing snooshing of absurd words and images. Enjoy!)

Silly sally, dilly dally

All the day long

With striped legging-ly


Across the pages of bloom


A sniff, a snaff

A purple butterfly bath

Bubbles float up and

pop   *     pop  *     pop

Suds fizz down – plop




And Silly Sally dallies on…


~ Mary Jo Campbell


What kinds of characters and worlds can you create today to honor the Sultan of Silly, Dr. Seuss?


March 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Local Events for young writers (and readers!)

Indie Bookstores need our love!

They’re worth it! Look at the fun events Anderson’s Bookshop (Naperville, IL)  is hosting over the next week:

Maryrose_Wood_01Maryrose_Wood_02 MARYROSE WOOD

In her first middle grade book series, Maryrose Wood presents some wild, canine-like children that will have readers howling! In The Mysterious Howling, a young governess is charged with raising the Incorrigibles, and facing some most unusual mysteries. Come meet the author-a former stand-up comic-and find out about this Book 1 in her The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville



We’re celebrating with young adult authors Carrie Jones and Alyx Harvey, who each have books to share. Ms. Jones book, Captivate, puts readers in a pixie world with a demanding King and escalating turf wars. Zara makes a daring rescue of love interest, Nick, and finds her life is on the line. And in Hearts at Stake, author Harvey brings a vampire romance teens will love. Alliances are formed, family ties are strained, and a power-hungry queen threatens. Free tickets are available at Anderson’s in Naperville for this event, but are limited to 40 guests. Books will be offered for purchase at the event. Please avoid disappointment and call today!

THURSDAY, MARCH 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Lou Malnati’s, 131 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville




What if you had just one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? In Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver’s new raw, emotional teen novel, the value of everything in life is weighed. Please join us to meet the author of this heartbreaking, but beautiful, story.

MONDAY, MARCH 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville

February 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm

5 Prompt Friday!

Hey – remember these?  I’ve been off my game lately – the “other” world sucking the energy outta me (ya, know: day job, traipsing my boys across the city, surviving this brutal Midwest winter)

So, without further ado..

Get ready to Write Like CRAZY! See where these prompts, quotes and images take you…

  1. The rickety limbs of a winter tree
  2. Stepping in dog poop
  3. Citrus scent of a tangerine
  4. “Did you hear what happened to Miss Simmons?”
  5. Finding the wrong color hair in your brush

Share your ideas with us!

February 19, 2010 at 9:34 am 1 comment

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