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Here's a great post by Gene Luen Yang about science in comics.

Peek:  ". . . our society puts up a wall between activities it deems “left brain” and those it deems “right brain.” Math and science inhabit one world, art and story (and comics) another. But this division is artificial."

The list:

Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Clan Apis by Jay Hosler

Super Scratch Programming Adventure by Mitch Resnick and the Lead Project

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Howtoons by Saul Griffith and Nick Dragotta

Lego Instructions (This isn’t a book, so don’t go looking for it at your local bookstore.)

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Fleep by Jason Shiga

Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bayard Rustin by Jacqueline  Houtman

Bayard Rustin

by Jacqueline Houtman

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Available for preorder

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Reduced price for advance orders at

Upcoming release

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Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist will be released this fall from Quaker Press. It was co-written by Michael G. Long (an academic who edited a book of Bayard's letters), Walter Naegle (Bayard's partner for the last ten years of his life and the archivist of the estate) and me. Here's the cover:
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Labor Day

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Over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors, I wrote a post about the true meaning of Labor Day. Books about the labor movement and the people who worked hard to give us weekends and safer workplaces. Books about the children (like my grandmother) who worked hard in mills and mines before we had laws about child labor. 

A biography panel

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On May 8, I'll be participating on a panel about writing for children about real people. Join Ann Bausum, Don Tate, Jan Pinborough and me for what promises to be an interesting evening.

Children's book panel poster

Interview with Crystal Chan and Book Giveaway

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Check out my interview with Crystal Chan over at From The Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors.

Comment and enter to win a UK version of her wonderful debut novel, Bird.

Productivity tips!!

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Write so fast your hands get blurry!

Check it out here, and add some tips of your own to the comments.
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I've been blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors.
(I obviously haven't been blogging much over here.)
Today I posted a piece on the reboot of Seymour Simon's Einstein Anderson series.

Head on over there and read it. (There's a giveaway, too!)


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Jacqueline Houtman
I'm a freelance science writer based in Madison, WI. I also write sciency fiction for kids. My award-winning debut novel, THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS, was published by Front Street/Boyds Mills Press in March 2010.

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