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PICKS OF THE WEEK: Expand the mind with these creative non-fiction picks for young adults

Although geared towards youth adults, everyone can learn something from these creative non-fiction reads
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BWG Library Picks of the Week

Pablo Picasso famously said, “Everything you can imagine is real.” If that’s the case, that means that everyone has the capacity to be creative – and in different ways, too. In Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library’s Fall Beanstack challenge, all readers are encouraged to be creative with the post-reading activities, which range from drawing cover art for a book to coming up with a rap about the protagonist. Therefore, it is more than fitting that this week’s picks are all about stretching and flexing that creative muscle. While these books are mostly for young adults, everyone can learn something from the awesome, creative non-fiction items.  

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?, by Ally Carter 

Whether you're writing for fun or to build a career, bestselling author Ally Carter is ready to help you make your work shine. With honesty, encouragement, and humor, Ally's ready here to answer the questions that writers struggle with the most. Filled with practical tips and helpful advice, Dear Ally is a treasure for aspiring writers at any stage of their careers. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at how books get made, from idea to publication, and gives you insight into the writing processes of some of the biggest and most talented YA authors writing today. 

Make Your Own Amazing Youtube Videos, by Brett Juilly 

Have you ever wondered what qualities a video needs to possess in order to captivate the great audience that is the Internet? What does it need to reach the seemingly impossible goal of becoming a viral video?  

Well, you’re in luck. Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos is a new guide for users to learn how to shoot and edit their own films using commonly used handheld devices such as a cell phone. Once you’ve created your cinematic masterpiece, this book gives you step-by-step instructions and tips to help you quickly and easily upload your project to YouTube while maintaining your video’s quality.  

Grab your camera and a copy of Make Your Own Amazing YouTube Videos; it’s sure to provide hours of fun, teach you tons of useful information, and help you create incredible videos! 

Acting for Young Actors, by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Lenney  

 Acting for Young Actors, aimed at teens and tweens, lets kids hone their skills and develop their craft. It begins with the five W's: WHO am I? WHAT do I want? WHY do I want it? WHERE am I? WHEN does this event take place? Sounds basic - but many young child actors are told simply to "get up there and act." This book explores each of these questions, using helpful exercises to allow young actors to work through problems of character identity and motivation. With comprehensive chapters on auditioning, rehearsal, and improvisation, plus a primer on how young actors can break into film, theater, and television, Acting for Young Actors is every kid's ticket to the big time. 

The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: Tips & Tricks, by Christopher Hart 

The third title in Christopher Hart's bestselling Master Guide to Drawing Anime series is essential for all anime artists who want to fine-tune their skills. This is the guide that all anime and manga artists--of any level--need! Chris Hart delves deep into the specifics of drawing anime characters and scenes and explores every aspect of anime forms. He reveals his secrets for composing a complete picture, and discusses rarely covered topics. Entirely new tutorials include instruction on drawing hands and feet in different gestures or positions, arranging characters within the action, and creating nuanced expressions. This title is invaluable in strengthening drawing skills, while newcomers will see this as a perfect introduction to the series. 

Sharpie Art Workshop, by Timothy Goodman 

In Sharpie Art Workshop, designer, artist, and art director Timothy Goodman explores Sharpie writing products, the materials and supplies that can be used to enhance or modify them, and the range of creative techniques and effects that can be achieved. Through a series of examples and exercises, Goodman demonstrates how to make different kinds of marks, patterns, and images on a variety of surfaces. Inspiring works by noted artists from all over the world who use Sharpie in interesting and innovative ways are also included.