pattycakes: musings on life, love, writing...

No "EL", No "L", No "L" and "NOEL"

December 22, 2011

To all my friends, colleagues, readers, beloved teachers + librarians and book-loving people who celebrate Christmas, I wish you and yours the PEACE, JOY, and LOVE of NOEL and a blessed NEW YEAR! (Click on the images that I've included with this greeting on the right margin!)

For everyone else, I wish you the peace, joy, and love of YOUR holiday--and the happiest 2012!

PS I will be sending a NEW YEAR greeting, too. Keep a look out for it! xx oo PJM

A Few Things I Learned On the Way Thru My First ALAN Workshop

December 4, 2011

I had the honor and pleasure of attending the ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English) two-day workshop after the NCTE Conference in Chicago this year.

I felt like I had won the "golden ticket" to attend, but I had no idea what I was in for or the amazing teachers, librarians, and other book people I would soon meet. And, while I have been fortunate to attend ALA Conventions (with the most wonderful librarians) and SCBWI conferences (with the equally extraordinary fellow authors and illustrators), it has, however, been a while since I felt so connected or akin to book people as I did during those two days.

Here are just a few of the things I realized, learned, promised, and even pledged on my way through what I like to call my first ALAN YA LIT LOVE FEST: (more…)