Author Interview: Mark Dennis, DDS

Mark Dennis, DDS is not your average writer… and he thinks we need to stop treating kids like they are average readers. He has poured all that he loves about great books into Song for a Summer Night. For his effort, critics have compared his inaugural work with classics like Wind in the Willows and The Bridge to Terabithia. In Song for a Summer Night, Dennis offers advanced and curious readers a compelling story, with the elements that make a classic book: strong, vivid characters, symbolism, and thought-provoking events. By day, Mark is a self-described country dentist. When time allows – between patients, in the evenings, on weekends – he writes. His is a slow process. Song took four years … Read more

Author Interview: Andrew Smith

Four times a year, the Reading Tub publishes the Wash Rag, our newsletter.  The Author Showcase feature introduces our visitors and subscribers to writers and books they might not otherwise know about.  In previous years, we just offered links to the interviews. This year, we’re going to publish each interview individually. Enjoy! Try as he might to keep his identity off the jacket flaps of his books – and to use crazy content on his blogs to remain elusive – Andrew Smith is becoming a household name. As father, teacher, and now award-winning author, Andrew has a passion for reading. xx Drawing on his own love of reading and his experience as a journalist, Andrew is creating books that teens … Read more

CYBILS – Voting Is Now Open

We’re going to try something new this morning: a simulpost on both of our blogs. So here goes … Nominations for the Third Annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literacy Awards (Cybils) have now opened. This is an awards program where YOU get the chance to tell us about your favorite book in up to nine categories. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have pulled all the important information you need to know about the Awards. Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold founded the award to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Nomination process lasts only two week: October 1 to October 15, 2008. Anyone can nominate books in these categories You can … Read more