The Evolution of LGBTQIA+ Representation in Picture Books – Notes 3/4/23^M

-Posted on: March 6, 2023

Representatives of the Long Island Library Pride Alliance (LILPA) explored and shared past and present portrayals of the LGBTQIA+ community in picture books.

Queer Coding

  • • Queer coding is the subtextual coding of a character as queer. Authors sometimes used

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“Introduction to Procreate” Presented by Stephen Ingram – Notes 1/31/23^M

-Posted on: February 7, 2023

Stephen Ingram introduced and demonstrated of one of the best art apps for the iPad: Procreate.


  • • Costs about $10.00 to own on your iPad, and updates are free for the foreseeable future
  • • Works on phones
  • • Offers

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“What You Need in Your Revision Toolkit” Presented by Harold Underdown – Notes 1/22/23^M

-Posted on: February 6, 2023

What is Revision?  It’s seeing what you’ve written and deciding what needs to be done. Then rewriting, acting on what you see.

General Principles When Thinking about What to Revise:

  • • Ask yourself: “Why was I getting this response?”

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“Read Like an Editor: Understanding Your Reader” with Harold Underdown Notes 1/8/23^M

-Posted on: January 18, 2023

Harold discussed Reader Response Theory and how understanding it will help authors and illustrators when writing and revising as well as inform them on what most editors look for in a manuscript. Harold invited participants to submit 3 pages of …

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SCBWI Long Island Kid LIt News Winter 2023^M

-Posted on: January 4, 2023


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Everything You Need to Know When Getting Started: The Basics with Harold Underdown – Notes 12/4/22^M

-Posted on: December 15, 2022

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READ current children’s books to learn about books and about publishers and publishing.

UNDERSTAND: GENRE: Kind of story (fantasy, historical fiction). Not a genre: YA (age range) and PB (format); AGE RANGE: middle grade, YA; FORMAT: Picture book, easy reader, …

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“Kane Press Introduction with Harold Underdown” Notes 12-4-22^M

-Posted on: December 11, 2022

Kane Press was founded in 1992.  Their original focus remains fun, kid-friendly, educational series. Most of their series originated in-house with writers brought in. Topics include STEM, history, and SEL. The books could be stand-alone titles (e.g., Math Matters series) …

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Successful School Visits With Darren Sardelli Notes 10/17/22^M

-Posted on: October 20, 2022

Darren Sardelli provided guidance on how to develop a school visit program that’s engaging, interactive, and fun. He offered tips on how to spark students’ creativity, hold their attention, and leave them with valuable tools that help them become better …

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“How to Promote Your Book Using GIFs and Videos” With Sherene Strausberg 10/12/22^M

-Posted on: October 17, 2022

Why use video or animation? The brain responds and processes images faster than text.


  • • GIFs: looping animations – about 3 seconds long – can use Procreate; Animated logos, titles, characters; Text should be the best quote,

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Rhyming 101: Writing Successful Rhymes with Darren Sardelli Notes 10/2/22^M

-Posted on: October 4, 2022

Darren Sardelli presented on the art of writing in rhyme for children. He provided tips and tricks that help make poems stand out.

Forced Rhymes

  • * A forced rhyme is when a poet says something in an unusual way just

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