Some of the books that are launching recently seem so perfect for the current world situation – I wonder if the authors had ESP!  This one, for example!

Let’s sing an extra-ordinary Happy Birthday to Lisa Katzenberger’s latest picture book:


Written by Lisa Katzenberger

Illustrated by Barbara Bakos

Published by Penguin

Synopsis from Amazon:

Even the regular, average, ordinary days can be celebrated with this charming picture book!

Peter does not like being bored, so he comes up with a way to have some festive fun–he’ll celebrate a different holiday each day! He even rates them on a scale of 1 to 10. But when he wakes up one morning to discover there isn’t any holiday, he realizes he’ll have to take matters into his own hands and make up his own! That’s easier said than done, though, and nothing seems to go right–until Peter realizes that even a regular, average, ordinary day can be something worth celebrating.

What I love about this book is that kids can really relate to feeling bored…especially these days! 

I’m also excited because I love books written by kidlit friends…and I’ve been lucky enough to meet the lovely Lisa Katzenberger on a couple of my trips to Chicago…earlier this year I even got to have lunch with her!!!!

Order a copy of NATIONAL REGULAR ORDINARY DAY where you’ll find out:

  • Which holiday rated a 1
  • If squirrels like the bathtub
  • What you can do with a cardboard box
  • How often a cat appears in the illustrations even though it wasn’t in the manuscript

And how about a free downloadable activity kit? Here is the link from Lisa website: http://www.lisakatzenberger.com/books.html


And because I know we all want to support our local bookstores, here is a buy link to the book on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/books/national-regular-average-ordinary-day/9781524792404

I hope you all have a lovely rest of the week. My days are definitely busy…currently reading a pile of manuscripts for Justin Colon’s #PBChat Mentorship Program and also clearing the clutter in preparation of putting my house on the market…and packing boxes. It seems like yesterday that I packed 350 boxes when we moved from Colorado to NH…and now, although it will only be a move of a few miles, you still have to go through everything and pack it up. Plus on Friday, I’ll be joining Callie Metler Smith’s Writing Magic Retreat – with a presentation about Writing Cross Culturally.
Please stay safe, everyone…and be well!

#50PreciousWords 2020 Contest is OFFICIALLY OPEN

WELCOME, WELCOME to the FIFTH ANNUAL #50PreciousWords Contest!!!

I am so very happy you’ve stopped by!

Art by Vicky Fang

When I first got the idea for this contest back in 2016, I thought a few of my friends might take pity on me and submit a story – to my surprise, there were 128 entries! The winner that year went on to sign with my wonderful agent, Essie White, and the story that won is now part of a beautiful board book series. Several other entries over the years have become books…and I’m thrilled with the positive energy that this contest generates. Continue reading