October 2014

Lane Smith and Bob Shea

Comical Collaborating Picture Book Creators

by Amy Meythaler

“Why are people so anxious for kids to move on from picture books?” asks Bob Shea, picture book author and illustrator. “When my son was in Kindergarten, there was a little girl in his class who was particularly impressed with me. Not because I can stay up late watching all the TV I want eating candy until I pass out (which I can totally do) but because I write picture books. She used to come to all my events in town and sit right in the front. It was very sweet...

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Farmers Insurance Thank a Million Teachers

Deadline: October 31

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Capstone Interactive eBook Matching

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Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

Deadline: December 15

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Ambrose Monell Foundation Grant

Deadline: October 31

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Deadline: November 7

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The Xerox Foundation Grants

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