Picture book writers seek out currently published books from libraries and book stores to study the craft of writing for children.
The best advice for writers is simple. READ.
Do you know how important it is to read across genres to support your writing? It is one of the best strategies for improving as a writer.
|The Great American Read|
Beginning in May of 2018, Public Broadcasting Services [PBS], began a series of television programs depicting 100 best loved novels. The TV series, hosted by Meredith Vieira, featured documentaries and recommendations of best loved books by authors and celebrities from throughout the country. This popular campaign was a great success.
The eight-part series featured fiction books published from the past during the 1600s and recently published books from 2016. Various genres were included: Young adult novels, historical fiction, adventure, classics, and more.
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Click on this link to read the 100 list of books to learn more. You'll note many titles familiar to you. If you're like me, you will see the list includes many familiar and favorite books. I'm quite certain many of them are on your bookshelves at home.
You may even want to take The Great American Read Quiz.
Everyone was encouraged to vote for their favorite book. There were more than four million votes. A final vote for the best loved book took place on Tuesday, October 23rd. The Grand Finale Great American Read premiered yesterday. There were more than 300 guests, authors, and literary experts, and book fans.
And now for the Top Five Finalists including the #1 best loved book. Let's begin the countdown . . .
#5 THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
#4 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
#3 HARRY POTTER (series) by J. K. Rowling
It's time to unveil American's best-loved novel. America voted for . . .
#1 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by Harper Lee
|TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD|
by Harper Lee
If you weren't able to tune-in to the unveiling of the top five picks, click here to watch The Grand Finale.