Around the Web with OAV Authors: January 2016

Our authors show up in all kinds of interesting online spaces. Here’s a fresh batch of random cyber-sightings for the first month of this new year — enjoy!

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card #72 by Erik Brooks

Have you heard about Erik Brooks’s Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project in support of protecting the Arctic? Read all about it here and see post card templates students can use if they want to participate. And, here you can view the full selection of beautiful custom-illustrated post cards Erik has sent to President Obama since October 2015. It’s all really cool!

Don’t miss Martha Brockenbrough’s terrific recent essay, “The Surprising Truth About Novel Ideas.”

Watch Dori Hillestad Butler and other authors discuss “Turning Kids into Readers” in this short video.

Suzanne Williams wrote a blog post about the small moments in life that bring her joy.

Dia Calhoun offers a handy — and FREE! — downloadable guide created for classrooms and reading groups wanting to take a deeper dive into her novel After the River the Sun.

Clare Hodgson Meeker dished about her experiences researching and writing her forthcoming title from National Geographic KIDS, Rhino Rescue! And More True Stories of Saving Animals.

If you’re looking for a fun Friday-morning distraction (and who isn’t?), follow “Story Time with Pippin” on Pippin J. Shenanigans, Esq., the Facebook page of Trudi Trueit’s Snowshoe cat. Check the page for a new story installment tomorrow and most Fridays!

Until next month!


Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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