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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. Readers 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 and 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 is 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: Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book.  As new books are published in 2018,… Continue reading This Week in my Library Basket…

Why Getting Published is Like Winning the Lottery… and Why It’s Not

The publishing world is tough. So tough that it seems like the chances of being published are the same as winning the lottery. This is how I used to view it, anyway. Does your writing journey look anything like mine? You've written a story. You revise. Your critique group picks it apart. You revise some… Continue reading Why Getting Published is Like Winning the Lottery… and Why It’s Not

This Week in my Library Basket…

I love my library system. It generously allows patrons to borrow up to 100 items at a time (I have done this more than once), it allows up to 100 hold requests at a time (I have also done this more than once), and its Suggest a Title feature has no how-many or how-often limits… Continue reading This Week in my Library Basket…

Children’s Book Festivals

I love all book venues. Libraries are amazing places to browse, listen to stories, and snuggle up with old favorites and new friends. Best of all, the books can go home with you...for free!!! Bookstores are great for gift-buying and seeing the latest releases prominently displayed. Sometimes you can even meet a local author. But… Continue reading Children’s Book Festivals