‘Tis the season folks, and there’re some important things going on in the kidlit world:

The non profit organization First Book gives books to schools and needs your help (via SCBWI blog and readergirlz).

This year’s auction for author Bridget Zinn has started! Bid on some uber-special items and help this YA author and her family with medical bills.

A few other good links this week:

*Fiction Groupie* Roni has a great post on avoiding author intrusion with examples. And after that, check out her post on overwriting.

Link of Awesome: Can you name the top 200 most mentioned characters in the Harry Potter books? (Hint: typing “Potter” and “Weasley” will get you 16 points). I had to Google “McGonagall” to get that spelling right, sad.

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