Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
by Samantha L. Hagar
Stuck between your fingers,
Glued to your feet and toes,
Itching the bend in your arms,
Scratching inside of your ears and nose.
It can be smaller than a crystal,
Or even tinier than the tip of a pen,
And if you mix it together with some water
You can recreate London, England’s Big Ben.
It can be coarse enough to polish wood,
Or as silky soft as Baker’s flour.
It’s found in glass, paint and concrete,
And it’s also used to tick down the hour.
It runs rampant in the Sahara,
Covers dunes in New Mexico,
And comes in many different colors,
Brown, black, pink, or white as winter snow.
I use it to build castles, mermaids and towers,
Or to bury my brother’s legs just within sea’s reach.
I love to jump and splash at the sparkling, foamy edge,
But mostly I love sand, and I find it at the beach.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
(All photos property of Richard Hagar. Any unauthorized use is prohibited and illegal).
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
I love Molly Shannon, so I was super excited to read that she's written a picture book called Tilly The Trickster (Abrams) scheduled to be released in September of this year. In an interview with EW's Shelf Life, Shannon talks about being raised by a funny dad who encouraged goofiness, and says she feels it's important to pass on a sense of fun and silliness to kids. She also talks about how writing a picture book was harder than she thought, how it took a lot of trial and error, and that it's important to keep it simple. If you've ever tried writing a picture book I'm sure you can relate (I can) because you may have a spectacular idea, but that means nothing if you can't make it fit within 32 pages and make it compelling and unique.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
As the Executive Director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a non-profit international organization of 24,000 professional children's book writers, illustrators, publishers, editors and agents, I have to express dismay at the decision this week of NBC's Today Show not to run the traditional interviews with the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals. The books that are granted these prestigious awards represent the best of what we have to offer children---great storytelling, strong values, a legacy of literature and hope and high-minded ideals. What they elected to run in that spot, an interview with reality star Snooki, represents the exact opposite.
In choosing not to run the interviews with Clare Vanderpool and Erin Stead, television has once again underestimated the intelligence of its audience. Parents are dying to get their hands on good books for their kids. Booksellers are eager to sell and promote good books for kids. It's good business, good broadcasting and good ethics to honor the best books for children.
Executive Director, SCBWI
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Sometimes and Always ~
Sometimes clouds don’t part in the sky.
Sometimes water comes up chin high.
Sometimes snow doesn’t melt on your face.
Sometimes life seems no colder place.
But always you should know that the worst is almost over.
Always the storm passes and the wind blows over.
Always you will find that things fall exactly into place.
Always the sun will shine with a smile on your face.
So keep your chin up, your luck’s about to change.
Keep your chin up, my friend, a new beginning is in range.