Book Trailer Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies

As many of you know, New York Times best-selling & award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith hosts a renowned kidlit blog and she graciously accepted my invitation to launch the book trailer for Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies on Cynsations today. Thank you, Cyn!! Click HERE to see the book trailer and short post. The trailer was created […]

Author Interview: Leslie Helakoski

I’m thrilled to invite my friend author/illustrator Leslie Helakoski back to my blog. Not only is Leslie an award-winning author/illustrator but she is also the Co-Regional Advisor of the SCBWI Michigan chapter and she’s part of the team that has orchestrated the Mid Wild, Wild West 2013 SCBWI Multi-State Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana from May 3 – 5, […]

Author Interview: Liz Garton Scanlon

It’s not every day I welcome a bestselling author and poet to my blog so I’m beyond thrilled that Liz Garton Scanlon has stopped by to discuss her latest picture book Happy Birthday, Bunny! with us.  She’s a prolific picture book author and some of her highly acclaimed books include All the World, A Sock is a […]

Thankful for Picture Books

Each Thanksgiving I’m reminded of all the wonderful things to be thankful for (family, friends, health, community) and this season is no different, but I want to add to my list this year and say I’m thankful for picture books and the joy they brought to me as a child, the joy they’ve brought to […]

Picture Book Posts for Hen & Ink Literary Studio

It’s a crisp morning and the sun is shining and it’s Picture Book Month! Cluck! Cluck! In celebration of that and to pass along information I gleamed from attending the 17th Texas Book Festival in Austin this past October, I have done two posts for my agent Erzsi Deak and the agency Hen & Ink Literary Studio. […]

Celebrate Picture Book Month

I’m celebrating Picture Book Month!! Are you? There’s a lovely post at Picture Book Month by Alma Flor Ada in where she talks about why picture books are important for children. The bond it creates between adult and child and that picture books can be enjoyed by the very young as well as the older more […]

A Picture Book Workshop with Chris Barton

Chris reading from The Day-Glo Brothers Whether he’s wearing his Day-Glo lime-green tie or a purple polo or a more tailored suit jacket, one thing is for certain, Bestselling author Chris Barton knows how to address and engage children with his award-winning looks. I mean books! With more awards than Jim Henson and the Muppets […]

ReaderKidz Review in the Book Room – Picture Books!

In celebration of poetry month, I’ve contributed to the wonderful ReaderKidz this month. If you haven’t visited ReaderKidz before it’s an absolute must!! I’m lucky to be a contributor but the real credit goes to the authors Debbie Gonzales, Dianne White, Stephanie Greene, and Nancy Bo Flood who came up with the idea to build […]

Picture Books – For the Love of Bears

Chilly or stormy nights demand a steaming cup of cocoa or tea and a good book to chase away the howling wind. That’s why I’ve put together a picture book post on some of my favorite characters, who happen to all be bears. There’s something so inviting and soothing about a bear, their cozy fur, […]