A week-long random round-up of cool links and miscellany: George Shannon and Nina Laden

It's seems there's lots of random links, blogs and bits of good news from friends I've been longing to share lately. Too many for one blog post. So I made a week's worth. Enjoy!

FOR MONDAY:
George Shannon writes some of my favorite read-aloud picture books. He's also one of my favorite people to hear speak about the craft of writing. So lucky for me (and maybe for you), he started a blog a few months ago about the craft of writing. I especially love how he talks about the "sound-track" of picture books.

Also lucky for me (and maybe for you), the amazing Nina Laden, author and illustrator extraordinaire has also recently started a blog.

ENJOY!