The Warren & the World is Story Warren’s weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We’re glad you’re here!
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’re recovering well from your feast day.
Around the Web
Trailer: The Wingfeather Saga
The short film of The Wingfeather Saga releases on December 26, but there’s a new trailer out this week. If you weren’t excited before, you will be now!
- This animated short has been a long time in the making. Most people wouldn’t believe the amount of work that goes into something like this, and what Andrew and Chris Wall and the team have created here is something really amazing. Every frame is a living painting.
Strong Board Books to Finish Up the Year
- Give your children a strong foundation in literacy early. Start with books right away and it will pay big dividends with book loving kids. Here are some of my favorite new board books.
Struggling Toward Thanksgiving
- My wife and I are struggling toward Thanksgiving this year.
Struggling to take part in a celebration in which we are supposed to express gratitude, draw close to family, and enjoy the moments of this season. Struggling in the heart to feel thankful when the trauma of 2017 has crowded out the usual joys.
Should We Teach Kids to Follow Their Dreams?
Mollie Joy Rushmeyer explores what we should teach our kids about their dreams.
- Do kids need encouragement or a dose of reality for their dreams?
In short, I’m inclined to believe it’s a little of both.
I would like to share a little more of my background to illustrate my point:
When I was in junior high school, I remember taking a class where we studied and learned about different occupations. While it may not have been extensive, I believe we received a reasonable overview of many types of jobs and areas of study. The teacher wanted us to choose our top three occupations of interest, and then report on our findings.
Around the Warren
Which Are Better: Old Books or New?
Carolyn Leiloglou explores the question of the classics versus the contemporary.
- As a writer as well as a reader, I often encounter debates as to whether old books or new books are better. One camp says old books are the best. After all, they’ve stood the test of time. The other side says writing styles have changed and improved, and new books are superior.
This is such a huge topic, so let’s just take picture books as our example.
Author Interview: Carolyn Clare Givens
Hey, that’s me! Laura Peterson interviewed me about the process of writing The King’s Messenger.
- LFriends of Story Warren, you are likely familiar with our usual Friday post/newsletter, “The Warren & The World.” This bright spot of wonderfully curated news and interesting links from around the web (plus a recap of the week’s SW posts) comes from the witty and very bright mind of Carolyn Clare Givens. Carrie’s book for young readers, The King’s Messenger, is now out and about in the world and finding a home with families all over the place. It was a pleasure to chat a bit with Carrie and hear more about the background behind The King’s Messenger. You can find Glen’s great review of the book for Story Warren here, and pop over to Amazon to get yourself a copy.
First, I’d love to hear a little bit about your journey as a writer. Did you always want to be an author?
Something to Do with Your Kids
Erica at What Do We Do All Day introduces the Pig Dice Game for you to play as a family.
And Something to Watch
I know Thanksgiving dinner is over, but this excerpt from A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends is still worth watching. The PDF of this liturgy from Every Moment Holy is available for download for use in your holiday feasts.
Thank you for reading. We’re on your side.