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When I speak to students (and adults) who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up, I am happy to recommend the best book I have seen on the subject in over 20 years. Students especially have added pressure  to "know what they want to do," to which I say, EXPLORE your interests, STRESS LESS, and take time to DISCOVER what makes you tick. And check out this fantastic new resource.   


This give-away had more entries than any book I've featured previously. Congratulations, winners! -Kim

Getting letters from readers makes my day! 


Lots of exciting updates coming to ChildressInk.com! Long in planning, longer in production, still in process (as in, my 12-year-old is teaching me how to make videos for YouTube!) Watch for the big reveal! September 6, 2016

I’m a crafty-girl-turned-crafty-mama, and I love all things Klutz! Everyone has an inner need to create. The act of creating (not work related!) has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. The creative process can become a form of meditation, as in, your breathing becomes deep and relaxed, and the mind is able to rest. Find your inner artist! And parents, if your kids show interest in art, especially at early ages, encourage those talents! Klutz books and kits make it easy! -Kim  December 28, 2015

Letters from Readers

Welcome to ChildressInk.com! It's been a long-time coming, and this launch would not have been possible without my new team, MEET MY STAFF. My updates also wouldn't be possible without all of you who have trusted me with your work, enough that I have been able to hire an assistant, the remarkable Melissa Yeomans, and producer, Robert Carter. What else is new? An upcoming YouTube channel with author interviews, book reviews, and music; the Kids' Corner Book Club; and resources for writers and readers of all ages! -Kim October 11, 2015

Dear Kim,
January 14, 2015

Thank you for your interest and visit with 2/90 Sign Systems this morning!  It is my hope that we provided information pertinent to the topics you are exploring and studying with your students.  We appreciate the interest level of the students and the opportunity of sharing and understanding of a ‘real-life’ setting of our work, our place of work, and the scope of products and services we provide to our customers.

Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions with regard to sign products and sign services.

Henk
Henk de Wilde | Sr. Sales Associate
 2/90 Sign Systems

I was just visiting your website and saw you had The Book Thief listed in your top favorite books. I couldn't agree more! I love that book! I'm  recommending The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. I read them this fall and thoroughly enjoyed them.

-Stephanie E.

Your site is AWESOME! Wanted to share my new favorite book, The Eternal Ones, by Kirstin Miller. 

-Hanna H., age 14

Thanks! Kirstin Miller also wrote Kiki Strike, reviewed in Girls' Life and it's one of my All-Time Faves.

 

I like your website, and my favorite book right now is 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Maas. -Abby H., age 11

I'm currently trying to read Bright Young Things—It’s getting disappointing, actually, as it could be much better. The curse of being an editor, I suppose. (Or it just isn’t as good as it should be.) I REALLY want to start The Ring of Solomon soon, but I feel like I should finish the ten other books I have going. For instance, I’ve been trying to finish Olive Kitteridge for over a year. It’s good, but I don’t have the concentrated free time to read it, and the short stories give me an excuse to read a little at a time. And various YA temptations keep sneaking in there … like the Wicked Lovely books and Delirium. 
-Blink editor, Jacque Alberta


I'm the author of a middle grade book called Finding Danny. It deals with a girls journey to find her lost dog, but in her search she find herself and a passion to save animals from shelters. Thank you! -Linzi Glass

Love looking at your site! It's so fun to see what your  kids love to read.  -Ashley, age 17

I recommend Inconceivable, by Carolyn & Sean Savage. Awesome book! It's amazing the Grace that God gives us to work through inconceivable situations.  -Michelle K.

What a lovely website you have--I just came across it. My name is Louise Bruzon, and I am an English, first-time, self-published writer. My children's novel, The Grimstone Galleries, for ages 10+, has just been published, available on Amazon, thegrimstonegalleries.weebly.com.

I just read the book Scars, by Cheryl Rainfield, and it was super good! It is one of those, read-in-one-sitting kind of books! The descriptions Rainfield uses really bring reality to Kendra's pain and struggles, which makes the book so good and very touching! H.H. -Age 15

Everything's Better with a Beard, by Si, Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep, and Alan Robinson
The Duck Brothers
Simon & Schuster BFYR, $14.99
Picture book, humor, Ages 4-8

Mrs. Childress, 
The book Beards is hilarious! Thank you! We liked it... -Mackenzie M., age 10
Can't give a much better review than that! Thanks! 

Hi Kim! I wanted to share a recent book with you and your readers. ​
From Start to Stardom: The Casting Director's Guide for Aspiring Actors  -Ro Linker
 Thanks for sharing! This is a great resource for teens who aspire to
the big screen.

From Start to Stardom: The Casting Insider's Guide for Aspiring Actors
CreateSpace Independent Publisher, $19.95 PA, free on Kindle

By Lisa London and Rochelle Goodrich.
Nonfiction, careers, acting, Ages 12+ 

Letters

I love my job! -Kim November 1, 2015

Posing as Zeroes (left to right) Deborah Biancotti, Kim Childress, Margo Lanagan & Scott Westerfeld

Schulers Bookstore, Lansing, MI, October 8, 2015​

Letters from kim