Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Let them eat CAKE

The pictures alone in Lauren Chattman's Cake Keeper Cakes: 100 Simple Recipes for Extraordinary Bundt Cakes, Pound Cakes, Snacking Cakes and Other Good-to-the-Last Crumb Treats brought on a pavlovian response in me that doesn't really need an explanation. I enjoy cook books, and there have been a number of good ones for tweens and teens published recently.

Among the nice things about this one are the abundance of colour photos, a great opening explanatory section that covers equipment, ingredients, and techniques and gives recipes for an abundance of different kinds of cakes that will surely offer something for everyone. Who doesn't like cake? Especially one that is designed to stay moist, offers all kinds of ingredients (but which doesn't require too many fancy ingredients or equipment) AND comes with clear directions? A win-win, all the way around.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I was very glad that CPL was able to move their Best Websites (to which I'd been very attached) over to Delicious. I do find that the tag function can be a bit finicky, but at least the sites I've come to depend upon can still be found.

Canadian Children's Book Week

Given that the CCBC (Canadian Children's Book Centre) has moved their timelines for the TD Canadian Children's Book Week, which will now be held in April rather than October, the time has come for any interested authors to apply for the 2011 tour!

The Canadian Children's Book Centre is looking for authors and/or illustrators with new children’s books being released in 2010 and Spring 2011 who are interested in touring schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres, outside of their home province, during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2011.

The next Book Week tour will run from Saturday, April 30 to Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Information and the application form for authors/illustrators is available at the CCBC site at .

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Patrick's Wish

It isn't often that a picture book can make me cry: I suppose that it is only to be expected that a book about a boy who contracted the HIV virus because of a tainted blood transfusion is bound to provide its fair share of sadness.

Yet, as a friend of mine pointed out, when a "message book" is able to educate without having its message overwhelm the text, it will be a successful book. Patrick's Wish is told from the point of view of his younger sister, Lyanne, who knew that Patrick had hemophilia and needed to have transfusions, but "that was just the way it was with Patrick." The day that Patrick told Lyanne that he had HIV, their lives changed only in that she became one of his "secret keepers," he was the same loving big brother to her and he in turn shared his wish with her, that someday a cure for AIDS would be found.

Patrick went on to tell more people, first family, then friends and his school: reactions differed, as indeed many people are afraid of AIDS. Knowing the truth about AIDS would help keep people from being afraid of the disease, and Patrick, who had once hoped to be a doctor, thought that he in turn could help people by speaking about the disease. Lyanne, in writing her book and sharing Patrick's story, is helping to spread Patrick's wish. The book concludes with a list of Some Things Patrick Would Want You to Know About HIV and AIDS.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

About this blank blog

I am grateful for the chance to learning anything new. It always affords me an opportunity -- while I often feel like more of a twit than a tweeter, capable of routinely saying something pithy or clever -- I am looking forward to trying out new technologies. Bear with me, blank blog, perhaps we can develop together.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Getting Started

As good luck would have it, I arrived home tonight to find my contract for Reality Rules II in my mailbox. I'll take that as a good omen, given that I just created this blog this afternoon, as well as an incidence of good timing (not something for which I'm known.) It also ended up being somewhat ironic, as I couldn't mail it back to my publisher immediately, which I would have preferred, since the self-addressed envelope had American stamps and wouldn't have been accepted by Canada Post. But, exciting nonetheless, and a signed contract will be in the mail tomorrow.