So happy to announce that "To the Copper Country--Mihaela's Journey" is the 2018 Midwest Book Awards Winner in the Children's Fiction category, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association. An honor and a thrill!
Virtual visit with fifth grade students in Montague, Michigan
It's been a busy time! I enjoyed the luckiest Friday the 13th ever in April, with a virtual visit with fifth grade students in Montague, Michigan. After choosing to read "To the Copper Country--Mihaela's Journey" for their March Reading Month selection, teachers, staff and Friends of the Library helped create an immersive experience by preparing foods mentioned in the book. So thrilled and honored to have had the chance to interact with these great readers.
There's a crocus or two poking up through the cold, dry earth, and even a few cherry blossoms popping out around that sunny corner, lucky enough to get some protection from the wind. BUT that wind! March is certainly coming in like a lion. It's been a long winter, even without snow.
Thrilled to be able to guest post on The Mitten, the official blog of SCBWI Michigan. I love the Great Lake State! https://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/2018/02/writing-historical-fiction-by-barbara.htmlRead More
Enjoyed meeting readers at Busboys and Poets on November 26!
What a privilege it was to attend the Virginia Association of School Librarians conference November 2-4! It was great to meet such enthusiastic professionals passionate about getting the right books into the hands of their students. Wonderful to be with other SCBWI members as we gave our five-minute pitches for school visits. The exchange afterwards of how authors can be of most use to school librarians was enlightening. The folks at Bookworm Central, the book distributor for the SCBWI authors, were truly delightful. It was a terrific experience in all ways.
What a great couple of days at our region's annual conference! A fabulous morning workshop on Friday with Matthew Winner, a library media specialist, co-founder of All the Wonders children's literature website and host of All the Wonders podcast. Matthew presented invaluable information about how to connect author's with schools and libraries. Check out his website and podcast info. http://www.allthewonders.com/about/
In the afternoon, a roundtable of both long-published and newbie authors shared information about how to balance writing and making a living. So collegial and generous.
The keynote speaker on Saturday was Gary D. Schmidt, a prolific, award-winning writer and professor at Calvin College in Michigan. He inspired us with his remarks about writing to serve and challenged us to keep our awareness of different perspectives in the world. https://calvin.edu/directory/people/gary-schmidt
A wonderful gathering of the tribe!
So happy to report that the book launch party went well! A great turnout by many friends and I am so grateful for their support. Busboys and Poets was a wonderful location.
My radio interview with Zinta Aistars of WMUK-FM, Western Michigan Public Radio. Listen or read the transcript here: http://wmuk.org/post/between-lines-copper-country
Small steps, they told me. Many, many small steps. And now my book is out there. I am about to "launch" this baby and hope it finds readers. The writing process has always been a labor of love for me, so sending love out to all who read it.