17/01/2012 by Patricia Kennon · No Comments
Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! It's the start of the Chinese New Year and there are lots of children's literature activities happening at the Dublin City Public Libraries, including Dragon Stories and Dance, Chinese stories and new year crafts and Chinese New Year arts and crafts. You can see the programme of events over January and February at www.dublincity.ie.
13/01/2012 by Patricia Kennon · No Comments
When I started writing Someone Else’s Life, I had never heard of Huntington’s disease. I was writing a story about Rosie, a girl who was deliberately swapped at birth, and had my scenario all worked out: After a string of miscarriages, Rosie’s “mum” Trudie goes into labour, just as her husband is killed in a car-crash. Trudie is so heart-broken, her midwife, Sarah, can’t face telling her that her new-born baby is extremely ill and is also unlikely to survive the night. Then Sarah…Continue Reading →
4/01/2012 by Patricia Kennon · No Comments
Congratulations to Walter Dean Myers who has been appointed as the third US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, succeeding Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka in the role. This post was created in 2008 by the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. During Walter’s two-year term, his platform will be “Reading is Not Optional,” chosen as a result of his lifelong advocacy for reading among young people. Myers' distinguished career includes…