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Read Every Day Lead a Better Life

June 6, 2011

My entry is one of the ten finalists! Go here to vote!
http://opinio.scholastic.com/opinio/s?s=5869

Thank you!

Aspiring artists were invited to interpret Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.

To enter the contest, participants were asked to illustrate their own vision of the message Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., emphasizing the importance of reading in the lives of young people.

Scholastic will judge and post the top 10 submissions to the corporate blog, On Our Minds @Scholastic for public voting on Wednesday, June 8. Public voting will be open until 9am ET on Monday, June 13, 2011. The Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. Illustrators Contest winner will have his or her artwork featured on www.scholastic.com/readeveryday and win a deluxe set of signed posters created exclusively for Scholastic by the twelve children’s book authors and illustrators participating in the auction:

This is my entry… fingers crossed!

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New Book Cover

April 7, 2011


Do you ever wonder how animals sleep?
Coming in June 2011

It’s Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

February 26, 2011


The sun was shining brightly, but it was not too warm under the shade of the old trees, and Little Red Riding-Hood went on her way singing and gathering great bunches of wild flowers to give to her grandmother. She sang so sweetly that a cushat dove flew down from a tree and followed her.

Now, it happened that a wolf, a very cruel, greedy creature, also heard her as she passed, and longed to eat her for his breakfast, but he knew Hugh, the woodman, was at work very near with his great dog, and he was afraid they might hear Little Red Riding-Hood cry out if he frightened her, and then they would kill him. So, after following her a little way, he came up to her very gently and said, “Good day, Little Red Riding-Hood, where are you going?”

This is a day that Fairy Tales are made of … It’s Tell a Fairy Tale Day.

To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with “Once upon a time…..”. But, they usually do, and there’s nothing better than a good story that ends with “and they all lived happily ever after”. Read one today!

2010 Cybil Award Winners

February 15, 2011

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations open to the public on October 1st and the winners were announced on February 14. Click on the link to see if your favorite won!

2010 Cybil award Winners

Love is in the air

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day from the Doodle Diner!

The Love of Reading

February 14, 2011

A clever book to read together by Michael Hall.  Each animal is illustrated using hearts in various sizes and colors.

A child explains the different kinds of kisses to her wondering teddy bear. Henry is crazy for Chloe. So much so, that he is willing to give up his prized blueberry muffin given to him by his mom! A  story about infatuation and friendship!

For more about these and other books of interest, Visit the Reading Rockets website. There you’ll find a lot of great information on  things like, crafts, reading guides, teaching aides for teachers and parents, all kinds of valuable tools to make reading fun.

The New York SCBWI Conference

January 28, 2011

The New York SCBWI Conference 2011 starts today!  You can keep track of all the goings on through Twitter or here, The Official SCBWI Conference Blog, that is… unless you’re already there. What fun!

The 2011 Caldecott winner is!!!

January 10, 2011

A Sick Day for Amos McGee…..Just in case you missed it!!

Amos McGee, an elderly man who works at the zoo, finds time each day for five special friends. With empathy and understanding he gives the elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinoceros, and owl the attention they need. One morning, Amos wakes up with a bad cold and stays home in bed. His friends wait patiently and then leave the zoo to visit him. Their trip mirrors his daily bus ride to the zoo and spans three nearly wordless spreads. Amos, sitting up in bed, clasps his hands in delight when his friends arrive.

http://www.ala.org/index.cfm

My New Book

January 5, 2011


I’m so excited to show you a sneak peak of my first illustrated book!
The book is a bedtime story full of sleepy, cuddly creatures of all kinds.

Look for it in early spring of 2011!

www.robertabaird.com

12 Drummers Drumming Loudly!

December 24, 2010

Click it I dare you!

We at the Doodle Diner would like to thank  you for joining in our holiday celebration. We hope it gave you a smile during the holiday craziness!! Remember to check back  and see what we’re up to. We love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays from The Doodle Diner!