IMWAYR: Giveaway Fun!

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School starts tomorrow, and there’s a storm brewing here, so I’ll start reading Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie tonight. It will be the perfect night for a spooky story.

THANK YOU Lindsay Currie and Sourcebooks for Young Readers for the #Giveaway prize!

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Coop Knows the Scoop by Taryn Souders

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly blog hop with kidlit co-hosts Jennifer (at and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers. The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s a great way to share what you’re reading and get recommendations from others. We encourage you to write your own post sharing what you’re reading, link up, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

I’m at #NCTE18!

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I’ve been reading more than writing lately, which is strange, because my round table session on Friday at 2:00 at #NCTE18 is called “Overcoming the Fear and Seemingly Impossible.” (Stop by Room 320AB) I’ll be talking about FEAR and what I have done to overcome it in regards to writing. But am I still afraid? Yep.

This is my BIG week of learning each year. NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) is my event! I’ll reunite with my #g2great “cousins” and learn with the “#BowTieBoys (I hear the #HairBowGirls will be here next year!). I’ll see some fellow Swing Launch Team members and Kwame Alexander. I’ll hang out with my #NerdyBookClub friends and talk about the National Book Awards (Congratulations, Elizabeth Acevedo for winning the YA Award with The Poet X!).

If you cannot be here, follow my tweets (@jdsniadecki) — I’m sure I’ll be retweeting everything the next 3 days. Reading and writing are so much more fun with friends!

National Day on Writing: #WhyIWrite

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#WhyIWrite — I answered questions, made lists, reflected on my reading, and held conversations.  I wrote that chapter about my teaching life called “Shut Up!” (Thank you in advance @lester_laminack.) I write to learn. I write to wonder. I write to celebrate. #NationalDayonWriting