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#5OnFri: Five Favorite Books of 2015

It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost over! One of the things we encourage here at DIY MFA is reading with purpose. Every reader may not be a writer but I think it’s safe to say every writer is a reader. We asked five members of the DIY MFA team to tell us what their… Continue Reading »

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#5OnFri: Five Fabulous Picture Books in honor of #PiBoIdMo!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short.  What you may not know is that it’s also Picture Book Idea Month—PiBoIdMo!  Tara Lazar created PiBoIdMo for picture book writers who want to get in on all the zany fun novelists have in November… Continue Reading »

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The Short Answer to Long Series for Kids

What’s up with all the long-running series for middle grade readers?  For the purposes of this article, I’m talking specifically about books series that span more than fifteen books—in fact, some of them feel like they might never end!  Kids love them, adults perhaps less so when our bookshelf threatens to collapse from the weight… Continue Reading »

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#5OnFri: Military History Is Not As Dusty As It Seems

Military history is often an underappreciated genre supposedly filled with stuffy biographies, or a litany of dates and battle names. When I took on the project of writing Flying Colors, even I approached the genre with the same perspective. As I would with any new project, I began with exploring possibilities and took to reading…. Continue Reading »

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5onFri: Five Children’s Book Role Models

When I was a kid, books were like my third parent. I absorbed the wholesome lessons of loyalty to friends, obedience to parents and faith in myself as if a stack of children’s novels were my personal guide to life. At the time, I didn’t consider the impact that children’s literature would have on me… Continue Reading »

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#5OnFri: Upper Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is like your personal time machine.  Hop into a book and whisk off to medieval England, the Wild West, or ancient Rome—the options are endless.  Historical fiction takes facts and events from the past and deftly weaves them into a fictional tale about characters we grow to love. Plenty of recent books for… Continue Reading »

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Dear Fans of Greg Heffley: Here’s How Your Favorite ‘Wimpy Kid’ Was Created

Every month or two, DIY MFA’s Wendy Lu will be hosting “New Spin,” a column that covers everything that falls within alternative storytelling: literary mash-ups, books that put a new spin on classic stories, and “meta-books” that use new media, graphic illustrations, and interaction between words/design for an enhanced reader experience. Whether your English teacher… Continue Reading »

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#5OnFri: Five Superhero Novels for Adults

Superheroes are not just for kids anymore, if they ever really were. With the popularity of the Marvel movies and television shows, people in capes and spandex out to save or rule the world have definitely gone mainstream. As a lifelong comic book reader and superhero story fan, I couldn’t be happier about that.  … Continue Reading »

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