Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week, Our Contest Winners, and More Buzz

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. So let me begin this post with a little classroom humor:
A child comes home from his first day at school.
Mother asks, "What did you learn today?"
The child replies, "Not enough. I have to go back tomorrow."
This joke is courtesy of the Teacher Appreciation website. In addition to teacher/student jokes, the site contains ideas for showing our teachers how much we appreciate them. Please don't let this week go by without saying "thank you" to a teacher.

This post is later than usual for me because I spent the morning visiting Union Ridge Elementary School in Harwood Heights, IL. The students were so attentive and enthusiastic, and they made me feel very welcome. Thank you, Huskies! And I have to commend and thank the teachers and staff at Union Ridge for celebrating their marvelous young authors. I had the honor of presenting a writing workshop to the winners of their Young Authors competition. What a creative group!

Speaking of winners, today I have the pleasure of announcing the winners of not one, but two Teaching Authors contests. As it turns out, both our winners are teachers--how appropriate for Teacher Appreciation Week! Before I tell you their names, I want to thank everyone for celebrating our First Blogiversary with us. Your response was phenomenal, and we're thrilled to welcome so many new readers.

The winner of our First Blogiversary Critique giveaway is Tricia, who blogs at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Tricia is a former middle school teacher who now prepares future teachers. She's going to have to decide between having a critique of her poetry or a nonfiction picture book manuscript.

The critique giveaway was such a huge success that we will definitely do it again. Meanwhile, if you're looking for a critique, you may want to consider placing a bid for one in the Hunger Mountain Critique Auction going on through May 9. Here's how Cynthia Leitich Smith described the auction on her blog, Cynsations:
"Bid to win full length manuscript critiques with Tanita Davis, author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mare’s War (Knopf, 2009), Michelle Poploff, Vice President, Executive Editor at Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, and picture book writer Tanya Lee Stone, who won the Sibert Award for Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream (Candlewick, 2009). In addition, National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles and Jacqueline Kelly, author of Newbery honor book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Henry Holt, 2009), will offer young adult and middle grade manuscript critiques. Bidding ends at midnight EST May 9."
Visit Ebay to place your bid.

Our second winner is Sandra, a middle-school teacher who has two blogs--one on reading and one on writing. Sandra will receive an autographed copy of Irene Latham's Leaving Gee's Bend.

Again, a huge thank-you to all who participated in our two contests. We'll be having another giveaway soon, so please stay tuned.

Blogosphere Buzz
  • In case you haven't heard, Alice Pope will no longer edit the annual Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, so her CWIM blog has come to an end. However, the good news is, she will now be blogging for SCBWI at the all new SCBWI Children's Market Blog. I've already added it to my blog reading list!
  • The latest edition of The Prairie Wind, the SCBWI-IL online newsletter, is now online. As usual, it's packed with amazing advice, inspiration, and information. And for all you bloggers, be sure to read Hilary Wagner's article, "Ma’am, Put Down the Laptop and Step Away from the Blog!"
  • I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on my friend Bruce Black's Wordswimmer Blog. We discussed one of my favorite topics: character names. You can read the interview here.
Have you read something online recently that would be of interest to children's writers or those who teach writing? If so, please post a comment with a link.
I think that's all for now. I need a nap. :-) 
Happy writing!


Hilary Wagner said...


Happy Teachers Appreciation Week and what an awesome round-up of winners and contests and of course the Prairie Wind! So much good stuff going on these days!

My 7 year old would love your joke! So far his this week, his teachers have received homemade brownies and Starbucks gift cards! TEACHERS ROCK!!

xoxo -- Hilary

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Hilary. I forgot to mention in my post that the school I visited this morning had put out a lovely spread of breakfast food and drink for their teachers. I was happy to see the appreciation there!

Amy L V said...

Thank you for the fun this week...I am so glad to have found you out here. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Maureen said...

I love your blog and speaking as a teacher it is nice to see teachers appreciated...I wish that happened in my country.
Gail Carson Levine
has a great blog on writing especially writing for children...
Thanks Carmela for stopping by my blog...Your comments are much appreciated.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Amy. We're glad you found us too. :-)
Maureen, thanks for sharing the link. I didn't know Gail Carson Levine had a blog. I've added it to our blog roll.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to both of you, too.

pshaw said...

Love, love, love the critique auction. I'm not ready yet, but hope there will be similar opportunities in the future. Please keep us posted.