ReaderKidZ Review – Books to Celebrate Back-to-School

It’s Thursday and we’re almost knocking on the door of Labor Day weekend! As promised, I’ve reviewed several books to celebrate back-to-school over at ReaderKidZ today and I hope you’ll stop by and check them out. Click HERE. Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev (Charlesbridge, 2013) And don’t stop there! […]

Author/illustrator Interview: Doug Cushman

I’m thrilled to be interviewing Hen & Ink coop mate, Doug Cushman about his newest book Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen (Charlesbridge, 2012). When I signed with the agency in the Spring, I thought “WOW” for obviously a number of reasons, but having heard many of Doug’s early reader series read-aloud by my children […]

Austin SCBWI Meeting and News

There’s a lot going on in our Austin SCBWI community and this week is no exception. Author/illustrator Salima Alikhan will address how to take criticism and turn it around so it motivates you as opposed to letting it depress you. Her talk “Writerly Despair: How to be Inspired Rather Than Crippled by Criticism” takes place […]

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, […]