Welcome to SPORTY GIRL BOOKS. At SPORTY GIRL, we want to give all girls the chance to love, watch, play, read, and write about any sport that interests them. We look forward to the day when the words, "You play like a girl," is the biggest compliment anyone can receive.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Looking Back: June, July, August, and September

Welcome to week two of our blogiversary. This we are looking back at our first four months. Comment on any previous posts for more points towards prizes.

In June we launched the blog by interviewing four of our favorite Sporty Book authors, Karen Day (No Cream Puffs), Catherine Murdock (The Dairy Queen Series), Maria Padian (Jersey Tomatoes are the Best), and Liz Fichera (Hooked). We also celebrated the 41st anniversary of Title IX with a book giveaway.

In July we kicked off the summer by sharing what we like to do at the beach. Our athlete of the month was Maddy Paige, a girl fighting to be allowed to play football on her school team. We shared a list of sporty girl picture books for your summer reading list, and looked back on all the stories we'd shared on twitter since our launch. We also interviewed writer and editor Taryn Albright.

In August we interviewed Sue Macy (Wheels of Change) and Keri Milkuski (multiple titles). We also interviewed self-published author Karen Avivi (Shredded), who has had quite a year. Karen went on to win the Spark Award, the first self-publishing award ever given by SCBWI. We interviewed her again after we got news of the award. We also just learned that Karen was interviewed in this month's (July 2014) The Writer magazine. Congratulations Karen and thanks so much for your shout out to Sporty Girl Books!

In September we got the amazing news that our own Sporty Girl Books blogger, Kristine Asselin, received her first sporty girl book contract. Here's the announcement:

Young Adult Contemporary
coming from Bloomsbury Spark in Fall 2014

Kristine Carlson Asselin's ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, pitched as MYSTIC PIZZA meets THE CUTTING EDGE, in which the pizza business is all a fifteen-year-old knows until a chance meeting with a hockey player and a lucky shot opens her up to a new world on the ice, far away from the responsibilities and pressures of the family restaurant, to Meredith Rich of Bloomsbury Spark, by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. 

We also shared 5 things that physical therapists want you to be aware of as you start a new sports season. 

That's it for our first four months. Come back next week to look back at October - January. And don't forget to let us know you've been here! New prizes are added every week.

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