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Posted on: September 26, 2009

wordpoolnews] Wordpool Newsletter‏

From: on behalf of Diana Kimpton (
Sent: Fri 9/25/09 4:53 PM

—- The Word Pool Newsletter – September 2009 —-

I’m sorry we haven’t sent a newsletter lately. We had a long break over the
summer while I finished off my new series – Amy Wild – Animal Talker – and
explored the delights of Russia. Now the series is ready to be published
next month, we feel refreshed and ready to start working on the site again.

The War and Peace page has been getting rather long so we’ve now created two
new pages – one on the First World War and one on the Second. That’s let us
move several reviews of books about the Second World War to a new home.

The War and Peace page is now for books about more general issues and about

Sometimes we decide to create a new page just to make a home for a book we
love and that’s what happened with Michael Morpurgo’s ‘War Horse’. We loved
it so much that we found a couple of other books about the First World War
to go with it.

We’ve also added a fast moving story to our page about books with a disabled
main character.

Getting an agent is a major problem for new writers so we’re delighted to
have some hints on how to do it, written by an agent.

We’re often asked for advice on helping children who want to write so we’re
pleased to be able to tell you about a new writing competition. It’s run by
Usborne Children’s Books and asks children to finish a story started by one
of their authors. The closing date is 23 October so there’s still time to

If you’re busy planning Book Week for your school or a workshop for your
writers’ group, you might like to look at our other site that helps you
locate authors willing to give talks.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to do another update soon as I’ve got other
reviews waiting to go online and the new christmas books are just coming in.

Best wishes


Steve and Diana Kimpton
The Word Pool

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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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