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Reading Month Bingo Challenge 2021

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Last March, our Reading Month competition got interrupted by the pandemic, so this year, we wanted to do something a little more flexible.  This time, we're running the whole thing remotely, so young readers from all over the country are welcome to participate in our Reading Month Bingo Challenge!

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Kendall's Predictions

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

When it comes to predicting literary trends, there are no crystal balls involved.  It's more like predicting the weather—the key is keen observation, an understanding of how it all works, and the occasional stroke of luck.  We asked Kendall to turn her powers of observation on the world of publishing and give us her predictions for what's coming next.

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How to Write a Love Letter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Ah, Valentine's Day: a holiday often derided as a "Hallmark Holiday" created as a saccharine commercial venture to capitalize on starry-eyed romantics.  I think it's actually quite an interesting holiday, personally, because at its heart—at least, according to legend—is a letter.

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What's in a [Pen] Name?

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

I don't usually write under a pen name.  To be fair, I haven't had much opportunity—I've got several tiny publishing credits to my name, two of which are in scientific journals and another for a story in Teen Ink Magazine I submitted when I was in high school.  But when I was in college, I published a poem in the college's monthly literary magazine under the name "David Andrews."

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Bookish Bingo: 2021 Edition

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

The new year is here, and with it comes an opportunity to expand your literary horizons.  And since it's even more fun to add a little competitive element, why not challenge your friends and family to a game of bookish bingo?  We've created boards with plenty of challenges for adults, teens, and younger kids, too.  Play with your friends, share it online, make it a challenge to your family members...the sky's the limit!

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