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Lori Calabrese’s Newsletter/

Posted on: August 6, 2010

The Book Bugz Newsletter | ISSN # 2155-3785
July 2010/ Issue #9

In This Issue

Lori’s News and Updates

Children’s Book News

Writers 411

Agent Alert


Lori is the National Children’s Books Examiner at Please consider subscribing to follow Lori’s articles.

Don’t miss Fish for a Free Book Fridays at Lori Calabrese Writes! You can find all the latest children’s book giveaways and contests across the web.

Please visit Lori’s blog Get in the Game–Read for all the latest sports books and news for kids/ teens.

Please support the Cybils. Lori is proud to be a round 2 judge in the Picture Books fiction category.

“I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.” –Doris Lessing

Featured Books:

The Soggy Town of Hilltop

Stella is a Star



Ten Black Dots

Butterfly Birthday

Seeds of Change

Dear Teacher

About Lori:

Lori Calabrese is an award-winning children’s author. Her picture book, The Bug That Plagued the Entire Third Grade, won DFP’s 2009 Best Children’s Book Award. To learn more about Lori and her books, please visit her official website.

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Hey Book Bugz!

Summer is a time for books, books and more books! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been able to get in hours and hours of reading time, which is great since my to-be-read list is a little out of control. I’m a firm believer that every writer should read. If you’re having a tough time picking up that laptop when the sun’s beating down and the kids are home from school, make time to read. Because many writers have said that reading counts as writing time!

I just read a fascinating post by author Lisa Schroeder at The Crowe’s Nest. Like Lisa, I’d love to further my education in creative writing, but of course it’s just not in the cards for many reasons. But there’s nothing like learning the old fashioned way. As Lisa says, “That is by writing a lot. And reading a lot.”

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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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July 2009

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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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