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Please navigate using the tabs at the top to read my blog, find out all about my books, and get information about my school visits and conference presentations.
I blog about all things picture book. Reviews of classic stories and current ones. Interviews with authors and illustrators. Plus posts on the craft of writing and the journey to become a published author. I host the #50PreciousWords Contest every March and the #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge in May.
When I was younger, I stayed up till 3am reading books – now I stay up till 3am writing them.
My favorite story character: Pollyanna because she could always find something to be glad about and I was the same way…and still am.
My writing motto: Magic Happens When You Make Every Word Count.
My advice to parents: We all need a cheering committee, and parents are a child’s best fans!
My life mantras:
- Never be too busy to offer an encouraging word, a sympathetic shoulder, and a hand up.
- The only failure is the failure to keep trying.
- Nothing is impossible if you can imagine it.
PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House) illus by Jill Weber
FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids) illus by Mirka Hokkanen
SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books) illus by Chris Ewald
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020) illus by Alleanna Harris
FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) illus by Gilbert Ford
PLACES YOU CAN FIND ME – 2019
February 24-26, 2019: Australia/NZ SCBWI Conference in Sydney, Australia
March 18, 2019: New Zealand SCBWI in Auckland, NZ
April 13: Story time at The Bookery Bookstore in Manchester, NH
April 14: Book signing at Toadstool Bookstore in MIlford, NH
May 3-5: NESCBWI Conference in Springfield, MA: Two workshop programs: Creative Collaboration – Authors and Illustrators and Editors, Oh My! And also: How To Be Politely Proactive During the Publication Process
May 22: Jewish Book Council Author Network PItch Presentation for PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE
June 1: Story time at the Blue Bunny Bookstore at 1pm in Dedham, MA
June 3: Presentations for Eisenhower Academy, Joliet, IL and Lane School, Hinsdale, IL
June 4: Presentations for Young School, Aurora, IL and Evergreen School, Carol Stream, IL
June 8: Story time at Andersons’ Bookstore at 11am in La Grange, IL
July 26: Children’s Book Academy Picture Book Palooza guest: Writing Cross-Culturally
August 23: Story time at Second Star to the Right Bookstore, Denver CO
October 18: School visit to Lycee Francais in Chicago
November 23: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in Baltimore, MD – Using Picture Books to Inspire Self-Advocacy and Student-Led Learning panel member
November 25: School visit to Politz Hebrew Academy, Philadelphia, PA
December: TBA: School visits in Brooklyn, NY
March 18: School visit to Worcester MA preschool
May 18: School visit to Wilkins School, Amherst NH
OUT AND ABOUT AND HAVING SO MUCH FUN: Posts about Me and My Writing Journey
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