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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Edward Gets Book Clubbed!

Hi, friends! There a few happy things I'd like to share today: 

1) ALL New York City libraries will be waiving ALL fines for kids and teens today so they can start off with a clean slate and get their borrowing privileges back! This is a very good thing, so come on back to the library if you have been avoiding it because of $$. 

2) My picture book Edward Gets Messy has been picked up by Scholastic Book Club! I loved the Scholastic Book fair as a kid and I'm so excited that more kids will have access to Edward nationwide starting this February (in paperback, how cool)! 

3) This is more practical news than purely happy, but with the help of a very generous friend and colleague named Mike, I've finally got an official website up and running. You can find it at ritameade.com and more than likely I will be updating that more than I do this blog (hopefully more than once every five months, at least). The site still needs work, obviously, but at the very least, I have an official landing page. Thanks, Mike! 

And thank you, reader, for your support (as always)! I hope you have a happy day too. 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Edward Gets An Award!

Hi! I have some VERY belated news/ a follow-up from a post from a few months agoEdward Gets Messy won the Dewdney Read Together award! Hooray! Here's the press release from the Children's Book Council, and a few photos from the award ceremony. I am so beyond honored about this and I want to thank everyone involved and everyone who has ever read Edward with kids! Keep reading, y'all. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Let's Get Messy With Art

Art imitates life.

Life gets messy. 

Mess imitates books.

Okay, I kind of lost the thread there. Really, I just want to share some photos of messy art inspired by Edward Gets Messy (illustrated by the talented Olga Stern) that some lovely people have created and allowed me to post here. 

1) A wonderful library mom shared her toddler son's creation. Many artistic techniques (I assume, I know nothing about art) are being used here: 

2) Lauren Manu at the Poplar Creek Library District in the state of Illinois does a wonderful "Messy Art Monday" program at her library and used Edward Gets Messy as the book for one of the sessions. Here are some of the pointilism-esque (that's an art term, right?) paintings the kids made: 

3) A recent visit to a children's center on Long Island yielded many fantastically messy results:

Edward as drawn by one of the teachers! 

Sorry, parents. 

4) And this simple-yet-colorful Edward silhouette was created during a library visit with some "magic" no-mess Crayola paint and paper (which I think they don't make anymore, boo): 

If you have any Edward-inspired art, I'd love to see it! Please email me at ScrewyDecimalBlog@gmail.com. Thanks to all who have shared with me so far! 
Get messy, everyone. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Edward Gets Nominated!

Just a quick note: I am very happy to tell you that my picture book Edward Gets Messy has been chosen as a finalist for the Anna Dewdney Read Together Award. This is is the first year of the award's existence - it "will be given to a picture book published in the U.S. during the previous five years that inspires empathy and connection and makes for an exceptional read-aloud." 

I wrote 'Edward' specifically to be read aloud and to be a resource that might help kids alleviate anxiety (or at least recognize that they are not alone in experiencing it), so being nominated for this particular award is especially meaningful to me. 

Thank you to anyone who may have nominated the book for this award, and thank you to all of those who have read the book to/with children, use it in library programs, review it online, etc. I appreciate it so much and I'm very honored to be in such fine literary company on the finalists list.

Happy reading, everyone! 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kid Notes

I recently found a few cute kid notes in the library. They helped my day and I hope they help yours. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017