January 2012

Something Spooktacular is happening at the NJ Chapter of The Children’s Writer’s Guild!

Dear friends,

We have three entries this year in the annual BookRemarks writing contest, and I would like to congratulate those writers who submitted work for this competition. While only one writer can win the prize, storycrafting is a reward in and of itself, and all entrants should be proud of having completed a challenging project that addresses the needs of that often neglected group: middle-grade boys.

I am also writing to ask that all members of our NJCWG community take the time to read the submissions to this year’s contest and support the efforts of your fellow writers by casting a vote for your favorite work. Each year the writers’ identities are kept a secret until the winner is announced, and each contest participant must vote, although they are not allowed to vote for themselves. Thus, the participation of our Guild’s members plays a significant role in determining the contest’s outcome. Please note that the deadline for casting your vote is Tuesday, January 31 by 10:00 pm EST. Danielle Ray, our contest sponsor, will announce the winner at the February 2012 meeting. I look forward to interviewing the winner and publishing their interview on our web site.

Thank you for your support!

Jack and I send our best wishes to all,


Rules for this year’s competition can be found on NJCWG’s web site: www.childrenswritersguild.org. This contest is void where prohibited by law.

The NJCWG invites you to participate in World Book Night!

The goal of World Book Night is to distribute FREE books to light and non-readers. There is no charge to give the books, and no charge to receive them. The list of titles this year is incredible. A few notable titles in the children’s and young adult genres include: The Hunger Games, Because of Winn-Dixie, Wintergirls, and Ender’s Game.

World Book Night takes place Monday, April 23rd. If you would like to join others in the guild who will be operating as “givers” on WBN, please apply here.

Current ideas for distribution points include: Bridgewater Commons, HealthQuest, to clients of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Hunterdon County (homeless sheltering organization), and local movie theaters. We welcome your ideas for points of distribution, as well.

Come join us in seizing this incredible opportunity to spread the joy of reading!

Annual 4-H Winter Train Show
January 28 & 29, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
4-H Center
310 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ

Sponsored by:
The Somerset County 4-H Trainmasters

Featuring demonstrations and hands-on activities as well as the
ever-growing and ever-improving O-Scale trains and layout.

Admission: $4.00 Adult, $2.00 Children under 12

Concessions available all day.

Click here for directions to the 4-H Center

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. ”
— Kate DiCamillo