An occasional roundup of blogs and other writings for kids’-book writers and illustrators… stuff that’s inspiring me, so I hope you’ll enjoy it, too.
1. Are we turning teens into readers… or turning them off reading?
Over at Writers Rumpus, Marti Johnson asks, ”why is it that our high school age students abandon – no change that to – are driven from reading?” Does required reading instill great habits, or just make teens resent books?
I had spent two months of the summer prodding, pleading, arguing, punishing and bullying this 16-year-old into reading a classic that he will now abhor for the remainder of his life. I decided to read it. Well, I hated it too. As a matter of fact, I didn’t finish reading it. IMHO, it was AWFUL.
Read more from Writers Rumpus in How to Build Better Readers: IMHO
2. Want to write a book with “Happy Birthday” in it?
Or any other song, for that matter? Chances are, you will write a book someday that has lyrics in it. Do you know how to do it without getting yourself sued? Helen Sedwick explains that it’s not as tough as you might think. She also lays out some great alternatives if you don’t want to pay.