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Archive for February, 2011

The Writing Life

Monday, February 28th, 2011 Posted in Greatest Hits, the writing process | 6 Comments »


This is the 600th blog post at jamespreller.com. Will anyone read this? Google Analytics informs me that about 250 "visitors" will swing by today. Whoever they are, taking whatever they want. Close friends, curious guests, lost surfers riding the wave. I'm ...

Alan Silberberg Interview . . . Part Two

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Six Innings | 1 Comment »


If you missed Part One of the Alan Silberberg Interview, it's absurd for you to be here. I mean, really. Please follow the link to catch up. Don't worry, we'll wait . . . [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wi8Fv0AJA4] Late in the book, Milo gathers ...

Congratulations, Jackson Murphy: Kid Movie Critic Is Set to Appear on “The Tonight Show”

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Justin Fisher Declares War!, the writing process | No Comments »


In the Acknowledgements section of my 2010 book for middle-grade readers, Justin Fisher Declares War!, I credited an inspiring young man for, well, inspiring me: - - The boy's name was Jackson Murphy. Maybe you've seen him on television. Long story short: I first spied ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #110

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | No Comments »


What's the point of being a children's book author? Sweet, little letters like this one, from Annie. I replied: Hey Annie, thanks for your letter (and Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope!). No, Jigsaw does not have a cat. He's currently catless. I love your ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Alan Silberberg, author of “MILO.” Part One (that’s right, there are “parts!”)

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


Readers can connect with Milo, by Alan Silberberg, in very different ways. I suppose that's true of any book, we all bring our disparate selves to the text, but it seems especially true for Milo, a story for middle grade ...

A Boy Talking Movies

Friday, February 18th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


You need to stay to the end for this to make its full impact, and I strongly recommend that you do. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLix4QPL3tY] The video was produced by Mama Hope: Mama Hope is a non-profit organization focused on building self-sufficient communities in ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #109

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones | 7 Comments »


Please note that you may click on the letter to enlarge it (very nice for older eyes). Stephen writes: I replied: Dear Stephen: My apologies for not replying sooner. I loved your letter, especially that it came with a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope (SASE). That ...

The Ultimate Dad is an Adoptive Parent . . . and Wears a Yellow Hat

Monday, February 14th, 2011 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations | 1 Comment »


As a kid I loved Curious George and nothing's really changed about that, despite a slew of less-than-stellar books published after the passing of H.A. Rey in 1977. There was a particular series done in the late 80's, ...

For Lisa

Monday, February 14th, 2011 Posted in Family, Music | No Comments »


Hey, honey. Happy Valentines Day. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cfIXjWtxA0]

Fan Mail Wednesday #108: Boy reads book, shoots bear, continues reading book, writes report, asks for signed copy

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | 5 Comments »


I'll admit it: Sometimes fan mail can get a little repetitive, become a chore. That's not a complaint, I realize how lucky I am, and blessed, but there's a lot of letters I don't share here with my Nation of ...