How to Find Kidlit Debuts

So you've joined the #DebutReviewChallenge and your are determined to write five online reviews for debut Kidlit creators. But... wait. Where do you find those books, anyway? One of my favorite ways to discover debut Kidlit creators is on social media. There are a number of debut promotional groups that serve to inform, entertain, and… Continue reading How to Find Kidlit Debuts

Debut Review Challenge with Vivian Kirkfield

I am thrilled to welcome picture book author Vivian Kirkfield to our very first #DebutReviewChallenge Blog Interview! She is the author of not one, not two, but THREE debut picture books in 2019. Welcome, Vivian! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. It’s an honor to be part of the #DebutReviewChallenge! Debut… Continue reading Debut Review Challenge with Vivian Kirkfield


Have you ever written a product review? When I shop online, reviews are often how I choose one product over another. The same is true for books. Imagine this scenario: A teacher is looking for fall-related books and has narrowed the search down to a few candidates. Which to choose? A strong showing of positive… Continue reading READ…REVIEW…REPEAT!

Not all habits are bad…

Small, positive changes can make a BIG difference. We have good and bad habits in all areas of our lives, but since I'm a children's writer, I'm thinking of reading and writing habits. What if you made a commitment to review one book per month... How about one per week? What if you dedicated a… Continue reading Not all habits are bad…

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? đŸ™‚ 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:   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. 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