Read with your Kids!

In addition to school days, January and February are filled with snow days and sick days. Even so, there has been a lot of reading going on at my house. I love watching my kids drop their backpacks after school and then get absorbed in a funny book. (Bonus points if it contains potty humor.)… Continue reading Read with your Kids!

Like a proud mother…

Porcupine's Pie is already One Month Old! Isn't she adorable? ­čÖé This past month has been a whirlwind of congratulations, celebrations, and not enough sleep. At my launch party, I had a blast signing books, giving away door prizes, and finally sharing Porcupine with kids. Here are the highlights: ┬á I am so grateful to… Continue reading Like a proud mother…

Today is Porcupine’s Birthday!

I am so thrilled to be celebrating my very first book birthday! But Porcupine isn't a newborn today. She's not even one or two. Would you believe me if I told she is turning 12? Porcupine's Pie has been 12 years in the making, if you start at the very beginning. When I first started… Continue reading Today is Porcupine’s Birthday!

Time to Rave about my Faves

Five Recent Kidlit Favorites (in no particular order): Highlights Foundation - If you are in need of a writing retreat, look no further than the Highlights Foundation. For three nights, I stayed in my own private cabin and was able to grow my writing tribe while finding the quiet space to be creative. I met… Continue reading Time to Rave about my Faves

This Week in My Library Basket…

2018 continues to surprise and delight with stunning picture books. Let's take a peek in my library basket this week! GRUMPY MONKEY by Suzanne and Max Lang (Random House) First, I love the main character's name: Jim Panzee! He is having a grumpy day.┬áReaders will appreciate his need for understanding, more than his need to… Continue reading This Week in My Library Basket…

Three Stunning 2018 Back-to-School Picture Books

School supplies? Check. Pencils sharpened? Check. First-day clothes picked out? Check. Now that you've got the nitty-gritty out of the way, it's time to prepare for those first-day jitters. You can't go wrong with these three brand-new picture books. Add them to your check list today! We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins… Continue reading Three Stunning 2018 Back-to-School Picture Books

Read Local Challenge

I love the kidlit community. It is warm, welcoming, and generous. So when I learned about the Read Local Challenge in my area (around the time that I started thinking about promoting my book), I signed right up. Can you spot my book cover on the poster? Organized by the MD/DE/WV chapter of SCBWI, the… Continue reading Read Local Challenge

Time to Rave about my Faves

Five Kidlit Favorites From This Week (in no particular order): Rachel Lynn Solomon breaks down book promotion: Her dos, don'ts, and cost. Super helpful. News that Mike Ciccotello has a debut picture book as author/illustrator coming out in 2019 called TWINS. HAWK RISING by Maria Gianferrari┬áand Brian Floca released on Tuesday! Stunning companion to COYOTE… Continue reading Time to Rave about my Faves

The Secret to an Inspired Writing Life: PLAY!

Do you remember what it felt like as a child to lose yourself in imaginary play? You became part of the world you created, whether hosting a proper tea party or teaching animals aerobatics. When we write, especially as writers for children, we can get back in touch with our inner child through play. If… Continue reading The Secret to an Inspired Writing Life: PLAY!

This Week in my Library Basket…

We Need Diverse Books┬áis an important grassroots organization in the world of kidlit. They promote literature that reflects diversity and advocate for publishing industry changes. We Need Diverse Books has the following vision:┬áImagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.┬á As new books are published in 2018,… Continue reading This Week in my Library Basket…