Tag Archives: children’s books

Bless This Mess

Today’s post is a review on Lutheran Lori Ehlke‘s first book, as author and illustrator no less (!), Bless This MessTo sum up briefly, it blessed this mess, which is me.

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Augustine the Hippo

I meant to blog this last week! How did I let so much time slip by?! Want to read a clever and cute children’s text posted on another writer’s blog? Let me introduce you to Augustine the Hippo.

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Puzzled

These days when I’ve sat down to write, I find myself puzzled. I have ideas in a few different genres and projects at various stages of progress. You’d think I could sit down and write what I want, right? Somehow it isn’t happening that way for me right now.

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Sometimes, instead of google, I’d like my old hometown library within reach. I knew those sections so well, I’d be able to walk through and scoop up tons of books for me and my kids now. Instead, I’m often left googling and Ama-zoning without resolution. For example, there was this kids’ book I really liked. There was a boy, a telepathic-to-him dragon (?), a weird bathing in blood that caused the telepathic link/ special connection, and I seem to recall some random reference to a human skin map on the wall of some dodgy place. This is not google-friendly language. I think it was a three part series but don’t really have any idea.

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Kloria’s Two New Reformation Books

I got a press release from Kloria Publishing about Kloria’s two new Reformation books:  A Mighty Fortress is Our God and Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your WordI’ve written about Kloria and their previous release, God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say Itand I’m thrilled to say the excerpts of these illustrated hymn texts look just as good!

 

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Ball keeps dribbling

I thought I was heading into a good time and place. I practiced and prepped. Got myself looking good on paper and sent in a proposal to an agent. I was going to post about how good it feels to have the ball in someone else’s court for a while! Sigh. Nope. The ball keeps dribbling.

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Who Chooses Illustrator?

When working toward a children’s picture book, who chooses the illustrator? Many traditional publishing houses prefer to pick one from previous projects. That way they can pair a better known name with a lesser known name and try to maximize visibility and lend experience to both. On the other hand, you may know people the publishing houses do not.  If you do, then “who chooses the illustrator” can become a factor in where or how to publish.

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Wanting My Magnus Opus

I’ve been craving more writer community lately. I daresay I’m not alone in that! Do any of you hang onto an idea for years and years, hoping a certain project or two could become your magnus opus? But, um, not put any work into it? I’m just wanting my magnus opus and prayerfully stewing a while. Sigh.

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Pictures and Analogies

Let’s talk about pictures and analogies a little today. If I haven’t said it before, I’ll say it now. Analogies only go so far. To me, analogies seem to work best for adults who don’t press limits. Analogies are a loose way of finding examples. Pictures are funny though, because they have a close relationship to analogies, depending on what you’re writing about. Hence, I’m a little stuck in my current writing project. I want my piece to be biblical rather than analogous, but, well, Jesus used parables for very good reasons.

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The Love Bridge

Here’s a review of CPH’s most recent children’s book, The Love Bridgeby Jonathan Schkade. I’m glad to see Jonathan writing for an even younger audience than some of his other works, which I continue to recommend.

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