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Crayola’s Accidental Blue and the Brains Behind It
Crayola’s new blue crayon is the by-product of an accident, but there’s more to the discovery than just a simple fluke.
Congratulations Writing Contest Winners
Congratulations to this year’s award-winning authors of the McNally Robinson Grade 5/6 Writing Contest! Thank you to everyone who entered, and I hope you continue to pursue your writing well into the future.
“Slow Growers” by Alanis G.
“Solving the Riddles of Snow” by Alexa C.
“The Switching Machine” by Felix W
“Money Tree” by Jasmine H.
“The 4-Stroke Engine and Gas Cars” by Dillan G.
“Homeworkanator” by Macy N.
Speakers and Presenters for Your School or Library
Teachers and librarians in Winnipeg and surrounding areas looking for speakers and presenters have a new option. Prairie Bookings is a locally-based booking agency with a slate of poets, illustrators, screenwriters, and authors (yours truly among them) who are available for school and library visits. For more information, please check Prairie Bookings.
Book Fairs The Story Emporium Way
Rebelight Publishing gives the traditional in-school book fair a new spin with Story Emporium. From novels and comic books to picture books and non-fiction, games and music, every item at a Story Emporium book fair has a Manitoba connection. In addition to featuring Manitoba-based authors, musicians, illustrators, game-makers, and publishers, Rebelight takes the pressure off teachers and librarians by handling set-up, sales and distribution. Schools benefit financially, too. For more information, check The Story Emporium webpage.
Literacy Blog Posts
To celebrate the many literacy programs that kick into high gear from February to May, you’ll find these literacy-related posts and others on The Footloose Writer.
Journeys by Journal
What You Might Not Know About These 6 Kid-Lit Authors
Rhymers are Readers – Maybe Writers, Too
How to Experience the Prairie and Desert Without Going There
The Power of the Well-Told Story
The Science of Walking & The Art of Creating
Of Saints, Sinners and Reluctant Boy Readers
Freedom to Read Week – What Does Free Expression Mean
I Love to Read Month – Finding Story Magic
Indulge Your Inner Paleontologist This Summer
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden, Manitoba offers a range of summer programs from fossil digs to up-close and personal meetings with Bruce, the world’s largest exhibited mosasaur. Check out what’s being offered at CFDC’s website.