Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE OLDEST STUDENT – How Mary Walker Learned to Read PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! This is the FIRST post of the new year!

I’m so excited about this book…for many reasons. The subject of the story is an amazing woman! The author and her publisher are generously offering a copy of the book as a giveaway! And the text and illustrations are INCREDIBLE! You are in for a real treat. Continue reading

12 Days of Christmas – SUCCESSES of 2019

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2019. Continue reading

Cover Reveal: NO PARTY POOPERS

It’s holiday time…and that means it’s party time.

Perhaps you love celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza. Or maybe you get wild, whirling noisemakers and watching the ball drop at Times Square. Whatever way you party, I’m sure that no matter what, you absolutely positively don’t want to have any Party Poopers at your place.

Did someone say Party Poopers? Definitely NOT. What I say is…

A COVER REVEAL FOR:

Look at this cover! So much going on here…just like at Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday: THE SYLVIE SERIES Plus Giveaway

Put your hands together, my friends…and get ready to sing a rousing Happy Book Birthday for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR books by author Ali Bovis that are launching today! It’s a fabulous series for kids ages 7-11.

We all know how important it is to encourage kids to cherish the planet…and we also know how important it is for books to showcase diverse heroes. Plus we’re all fans of #amightygirl books, right? Well, hold on to your hats, because Continue reading

2019: A Look Back – A Look Ahead – A Book Blog Tour – And More

It’s been a banner year, for sure.
We’ve had dozens and dozens of giveaways…books, picture book critiques, and more. And today we have two more:
Last month, the lovely Katrina Moore offered a copy of ONE HUG. And the lucky winner is…
CATHY STEINQUIST
And then last week, the talented Amalia Hoffman donated a copy of DREIDEL DAY. And the lucky winner is:
BETH TALMAGE
I’ll be in touch with all of you ladies!
But right now, I’m going to share my look back and a look ahead:
2019 in the numbers:
3 debut picture books
6 countries visited on a round-the-world trip
1 new book deal signed
9 school visits
4 SCBWI presentations
300 stories submitted to my #50PreciousWords Writing Contest
And so much more – here’s a little gallery of photos with some of this year’s highlights:

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: DREIDEL DAY Plus GIVEAWAY

Hurray for December! Hurray for all of the wonderful holidays that will soon be upon us…Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza. And hurray for the potpourri of children’s books about them.

Before I share today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, which is a wonderful board book that can help Continue reading

NCTE – Up-Close and Personal PLUS NF Fest: An Upcoming Challenge

Hello dear friends!

I’m out and about again…right now, in Philadelphia, enjoying a whole bunch of family time. I’m staying with a cousin who has a Thanksgiving meal planned for twenty-one people – that’s a whole lot of meal-planning, for sure!

But just a few days ago, I was in Baltimore at the #NCTE…the National Council of Teachers of English…one of the biggest and best teacher’s Continue reading