When I was little I loved filling pieces of paper with faces. Not much has changed.
Have you seen this TEDx talk by author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka? It's really wonderful!
Also, authors Kate Messner and Joanne Levy have started "KidLit Cares", an auction to raise money for the Sandy relief effort. There are lots of really amazing things being auctioned off, including a portfolio critique from Marla Frazee, tuition to the SCBWI 2013 Winter Conference in NYC, and a set of signed Lois Lowry books. Take a look! Maybe there's something you'd like to bid on!