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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it successfully. This requires us to perform a dance not taught at Arthur Murray. It’s one we learn as we go, and it involves a lot of fancy footwork — a complicated […]

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The perfect illustration: Molly Idle’s busy, idyllic life

I know exactly how Tea Rex feels. He’s the semi-civilized tyrannosaur who takes tea with Cordelia and her little brother in Molly Idle’s hilarious breakthrough 2013 picture book, “Tea Rex.” Rex is a real hand-, uh, houseful, but the resolute young lady is determined to make the best of a decidedly awkward situation and does […]

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Picture books about storytelling (and why it’s so important!)

“If I had a little book, I would name it Friend. Friend would go wherever I went, our story would never end.” — from “If I Had a Little Dream,” by Nina Laden Never mind the whole multiverse thing. Our particular universe is complicated enough. It operates on a multitude of scales simultaneously, from the […]

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Books are still being banned? Celebrate the freedom to read

When I see the phrase “Banned Books Week,” I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It seems absurd, in the Internet Age, to think that writing in any format could be restricted. But the fact that there were almost 6,000 official attempts, called challenges, to do that very thing in the U.S. over the […]

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My Day at Camp: Young Adult Writing Program

Double Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo was asked whether she wrote as a child, and if she always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. “When I was a kid, it never occurred to me that human beings wrote books,” she said. “I just didn’t think it was something that people did. Kids […]

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Creative writing classes—for grown-ups!

There’s nothing glamorous about spending the wee hours doing laundry or kitchen duty. When we’re fortunate enough to find time for ourselves, it’s nice to have projects that enrich our lives beyond partner or parenting spheres. Creative writing is a fun choice that fits easily into pockets of time not sucked up by the responsibilities of work […]

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My Day at Camp: Childsplay

Childsplay summer classes at the campus at Mitchell Park in Tempe offer kids ages 4 to 17 the chance to learn theatrical arts from some of the same players they see in Childsplay productions. All plays begin with a script. In the playwriting workshop, kids sit around a table reviewing a script, changing lines and […]

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Showcase features student art

Families can enjoy a free arts experience this Wednesday, May 7 during an “Arts Education Showcase” at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The annual event celebrates the center’s arts education and outreach programs. The event is titled “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!” because the programs this academic year have focused on integrating arts and culture with […]

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Arizona authors sign books to fund literacy

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People stopped and talked to the four Arizona authors seated at a table in front of Sibley’s West gift shop in downtown Chandler during last Saturday’s “Arizona Imaginations” literacy fundraiser. Everyone chatted about books and the people they knew in common. Authors Jena Ekman Adams, Linda Kranz and Tad and Heather Smith signed their books […]

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Tips for introducing kids to poetry

May the road rise up to meet you. So begins the Irish blessing Tucson father Tyler Meier remembers hanging on the wall in his childhood home in Ohio. It was stitched in needlepoint and looked like something from the local dime store. “We memorized it and said it to each other,” Meier recalls while talking […]

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