Free Fall Friday – Guest Critiquer and Winners Announced

Writing and Illustrating

CALL FOR ILLUSTRATIONS: Please remember to send in your illustrations for October. It is a great way to get seen and keep your name out there to get noticed. Send them to Kathy(dot)temean(at) with October Illustrations in the subject area. Please submit .jpgs at least 500 pixels wide.

emilys13croppedEmily Seife associate editor at Scholastic Press, has agreed to be our Guest Critiquer for October’s First Page winners. She works with award-winning authors such as Cynthia Lord, Philip Reeve, Daphne Benedis-Grab, James Proimos, and many others. She is an editor on the Infinity Ring multiplatform series, and is the author of The Hunger Games Tribute Guide. Emily is especially looking for: Young adult and middle grade fiction: stories with a strong voice and emotional core, contemporary humor, magical realism, mystery. She says she is not a good fit for: high fantasy, paranormal.

WINNER: Leslie Gorin wins PENGUIN CHA-CHA!



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Fall Fun: Games and Activities

It seems like as soon as school begins, the holiday season isn’t far behind.  If you are planning parties, hosting harvest festivals, or just want to get into the spirit of autumn, Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are some great websites filled with activities,games and crafts for children of all ages.

Here are four of them:

1. For games, puzzles, and online challenges with a fall theme, try:

2.   has lots of indoor games for parties or when the weather is too chilly for outdoor play.

3.  At  you can find 15 Harvest and Fall Party Games For Kids.

4.  For more outdoor fun, visit  The site has directions for such games as, Pumpkin Ring Toss, Apple Challenge, and Haystack Find, to name a few.

Happy autumn and may all your days be cause for celebration!