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Children Reading Preferences

Posted: 28 Jan 2010 10:00 PM PST

Since we write for children, I figured you would be interested in the post that David L Harrison brought up on his blog.  I thought the information was very interesting and felt you would, too.

This issue of Language Arts (January 2010) includes an article by Denise Davila and Lisa Patrick. The article is called “Asking the Experts: What Children Have to Say about Their Reading Preferences” and presents the findings of several studies on the subject. The authors remind us, “For the most part, adults control the world of children’s literature: adults write the books; adults choose which books to publish; adults review the books; adults bestow the awards on books; and adults purchase the books for their homes, book stores, and libraries. In the midst of all this adult control, children’s opinions are often overlooked.”

Be sure to check Kathy’s blog for the rest of the article.


I wish I’d said:

 I would  have loved to said something that was funny and smart that would make others laugh and think at the same time. However, I have a rather dry sense of humor and I forget the punchline  to jokes all the time.

I wish I’d said:

 I love crafts and doing them with my niece and nephews. I think I had more fun with it than they did. I’ve done them for years and will probably continue to do them until the arthritis in my knuckles stops me from finishing them.

I wish I’d said:

I love animals, dogs, cats, horses, but not bugs, mice and snakes. Those make my skin crawl.

I wish I’d said:

How the words in the stories I read as a child painted pictures in my head and then splashed over to my heart. They lifted me up and carried me away to places I couldn’t even imagine existing. 

Reading grounded me and kept me safe when my life wasn’t so secure. It let me dream I could be anything and do anything that my heart desired.

I wish I’d said:

I helped raise some of my nieces and nephews and I fostered that love of reading.

I wish I’d said:

Each and every day, I know just how blessed I am. It makes me a good friend to the people I am lucky enough to know.

I wish I’d said:

I’m so glad to have such an awesome faith. When I was at my lowest point, I did what may well be my best writing thus far.

I wish I’d said:

I like encouraging other writers because I know what the encouragement offered to me has meant to me. I love the pay-it-forward philosophy. the writing community rocks. 

I wish I’d said:

How heart breaking my job at the Social Services was and how typing reports about those kids made me a better person.

Since I didn’t on the interview, here are the things I wish I’d said.

Be sure to check out Kathy’s site for the 200 words to describe hair.

Writing and Illustrating‏ From: on behalf of Writing and Illustrating ( Sent: Thu 1/28/10 10:23 AM To: Writing and Illustrating —————————————————————————— 200 Word Descriptive Hair List Posted: 27 Jan 2010 09:16 PM PST

Last year I put together a list of descriptive words for food. This year I thought a descriptive list for hair might help you when starting to describe your characters. I included colors, and words of items that adorn the hair. There must be more words, so let’s work together on this. Please leave new words to add in the comment’s section. Thanks!

I’m being interviewed about my writing journey on on Wednesday, January 27, 2009.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

This so applies to writing. I am amazed at the multitude of new things I learn each day.

Today while doing some research on hippos, I discovered that they actually can stay underwater for six minutes and often walk along the river’s bottom. They can run eight miles an hour underwater as well.

May the learning never stop.

PBM Training #7‏
Sent: Sat 1/23/10 10:00 PM
This coming week is the time to get those household chores done: stuff like stocking up on groceries, paying your bills, scheduling appointments (for March, of course), laundry, and cleaning. The more you don’t have to do in February, the more time you’ll have to write (and fewer things to distract you).
This sounds like a great idea. My concern will be how do I schedule in the things that happen with my two nephews and their special needs. Still, I’m making the committment to try my very best to complete this challenge.
I’m having a TOO PURPLEY! Online Party! Please help me spread the word.‏
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I’m having a party!!!
When: 1/25-1/31, 2010
Who: Anyone who loves children’s books
What: Party favors, Door prizes, games, videos and more!!

Teachers/Librarians – win a 30 minute Skype author visit or The Grand Prize TOO PURPLEY! Package.

Authors – win a Picture Book Peek Critique

Please help me spread the word. If you announce my party on Twitter, Facebook, your website or your blog, I’ll repay the favor and link to your site from the party. Just let me know at so I can post the link in time.

Jean Reidy
TOO PURPLEY! Online Launch Party
Party favors, door prizes and more.
January 25th – 31st!!


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

Favorite Quotes.

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