Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Congratulations! To Our Prairie Storms Giveaway Winners...

Thank you so much to those who participated in this giveaway.  Darcy Pattison is an excellent speaker as well as being a talented author of children's literature.  What I love most about Prairie Storms is that some of my favorite animals are featured in this book.  In addition, the back is full of extended learning possibilities; a perfect addition for home and classroom settings.  Darcy captures the non-fiction prairie in a creative way. How animals are affected and live in storms becomes entertaining. Kathleen Rietz paints prairie life in a realistic, warm capture...setting an inviting stage...even though the environment is sometimes chilling.
I enjoy Prairie Storms so much and am honored to host this giveaway.

And Our Winners Are...
Jennifer Rumberger
Janet Heller

Shortly you will receive an email from me announcing your giveaway book, Prairie Storms by Darcy Pattison and Illustrated by Kathleen Rietz. Please respond by confirming your preferred mailing address.

Click here to go the Prairie Storms home page for lesson plans and coloring pages.
Click here to go to Author Darcy Pattison's home page.
Click here to go to Illustrator Kathleen Rietz's home page.

Thanks again to all who participated.  And remember, we learn...we grow...we share.  Have fun!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Prairie Storms Giveaway!

There are two books and four days left on the Prairie Storms Giveaway featuring author Darcy PattisonIllustrated by Kathleen Rietz.

PRAIRIE STORMS is a fun nonfiction book about how prairie animals survive storms, my nonfiction d├ębut.

For the opportunity to enter click here and leave a comment.  You will be automatically entered.  Winners are chosen by an automated randomizer.

Thanks and good luck!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

SCBWI Michigan SHINE 2 - Illustrator Mentorship Announced

Mentorship is much like a strong bridge and a worthy lighthouse.  Each person grows and becomes more because they are building value into talent, relationships, and life.  This leadership investment guides new beginnings and new beginnings permeate hope.  Moreover, mentorship draws fresh water from many hands and builds strong connections; bonds which cross significant boundaries.  The joy of mentorship is a gift which knows no limits...a steady joy withstanding the test of weather and of time.
-Michelle Bradford

With this in mind, please read about SCBWI Michigan SHINE 2 Illustrator's Mentorship opportunity coming this summer, Saturday, June 23, 2012 (save the date).

More about our SHINE 2 Writer's Focus coming soon...two conferences in one venue at The Library of Michigan, Downtown Lansing.

Special thanks to Rachel Anderson, SCBWI-MI Illustrator Mentorship Chair, for the original SCBWI-MI post below:

This note is to give you a heads up on the next mentorship, which will be for our illustrators. We have a change in our process from previous illustrator mentorships. Here are the details.Saturday, June 23 in Lansing - HOLD THE DATE! On this date, SCBWI-MI will host the second Summer SHINE conference, and this year there will also be a concurrentillustrator segment. During the course of that day, artwork will be reviewed/judged by our panelists and mentor. At the end of the day, the mentorship will be awarded to one of our unpublished Michigan members in attendance. Therefore, in order to apply for the upcoming illustrator mentorship, you MUST ATTEND on June 23rd. You must be unpublished, must be a current member of SCBWI and you must live in Michigan (and plan to reside in Michigan through the one year mentorship period). I'm very pleased to announce that the illustrator mentor is Wendy Anderson Halperin. Wendy has won numerous awards, provides drawing workshops, and gives lectures on creativity and children's book illustration. She has illustrated a number of books, including Thank you, God, For Everything and Planting the Wild Garden. Please visit her website: http://www.wendyhalperin.com/ to learn more about Wendy and her books. We are excited to have her on board as our illustrator mentor. More details will follow on SHINE-2 and the illustrator segment; the conference chairs (Michelle Bradford and Ryan Hipp) will keep you posted just as soon as details are ready to share. 

Questions? Please contact me at 
writingal@michigancis.com. Thank you, Rachel Anderson SCBWI-MI Illustrator Mentorship Chair Gaylord, MI

For more on writing and illustration mentorships go to Carrie Pearson's blog:

Photos taken going to Mackinac Island SCBWI-MI Fall Conference 2011.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Giveaway: Two Free Books by Darcy Pattison

Only 2 days left to giveaway 2 books.
11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph
Darcy Pattison
Illustrated by
Michael Jeter

To enter click here and follow directions

Holiday Hugs,

Friday, December 2, 2011

3 Questions with Albert Bell..Question 4

Michelle:  OK.  So I can never ask just 3 questions!  If you could send one message to every teen across the US and world, what message would you send?

Albert:  First, respect yourself. You've got enough sense to know what you should and shouldn't do. Don't let peer pressure nudge you in directions you know you shouldn't go. Second, be careful what you post on the internet. Posting stuff on the internet is like getting a tattoo. It's going to be there forever.