Childish Nonsense

Exploring Children's Literature

Each Little Task

on October 13, 2013

In the wake of a lot activity, I’ve finally had time to catch up on some of the tasks I’ve been putting off. Top of the list, of course, is books that have gathered dust since I bought them at conferences. This week, I was able to fit in Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles. A short review appears below.

Friday, we attended Amy Hankin and Jim LaFarr’s wedding in Baltimore. Not only was the event fun, but their chosen venue was the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. OMG, what a beautiful building! And it contains some of the best rare research materials in the world. Gotta love a wedding among books.

Yesterday, we finally showed up at our grandson’s soccer league – something we’ve been trying to arrange since the beginning of September. Unfortunately, five inches of rain also showed up. We had a nice lunch with that part of the family.

Next Sunday, regional members Sarah Davis Maynard and Lisa Pires will be hosting a kickoff event for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month), both of which are in November. Contact Sarah ( or Lisa ( for more information.

The Mid-Atlantic fall conference is less than two weeks from now. I can’t wait to see Cynthia Lord again, who spoke at a Maryland conference a few years ago and has become a friend. Not only is she a superb writer, but she’s a super-nice woman who champions causes near to my heart. Of course, the rest of the lineup also looks excellent.

The date for early registration for the NYC SCBWI Conference was announced this week. Registration: October 25, 10 AM. Conference: February 21-23, 2014 ( I will be there with bells on. As will my Co-RA.


Each Little Bird that Sings


Filled with down-home humor and heartwarming life events, this award-winning gem of a story more than lives up to my expectations for the author. Comfort Snowberger is growing up in the local funeral home with an extended family and a dog named Dismay. Comfort’s great Uncle Edisto dies at the beginning of the book. Through his death, the reader learns about Comfort’s ability to write life notices and about the way the whole family works together to make the funeral as pleasant as possible. Comfort’s friend, Declaration, is less than thrilled with the antics of cousin Peach, who is demonstrably distraught. Just a few months later, great-great Aunt Florentine also dies, setting into motion an unusual series of events.

Readers learn a lot about life, death, and what it means to be a caring human.

Each Little Bird

TITLE: Each Little Bird that Sings

AUTHOR: Deborah Wiles

PUBLISHER: Harcourt, 2006

REVIEWER: Sue Poduska

FORMAT: Paperback,

GENRE: Middle grade novel, Family

ISBN: 978-0-15-205657-5

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