UP!–Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2017!

OK, it’s my guess you didn’t know that the Emerald City is actually made up of Big White Tents and the yellow brick road happens to be flagstone. Well, take it from me — it is! On my FAVorite “KidLit” day of the year, I “fly over the rainbow” to the Princeton Children’s Book Festival to take in everything this “Oz” has to offer 😀

Each September as the date approaches, I await the beautiful poster art (this year by Brian Biggs), and I wish upon a star in anticipation of the list of authors and illustrators I’ll see when I peer through that “crystal ball” on the site. I am always elated because, without fail, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion are there, along with other treasured friends and many new ones I hope to meet AND—their books! Continue reading

UP!–Winner of My 3rd Blogversary Giveaway

Isn’t it amazing how, whenever we mark milestones, we can’t believe how “time flies,” right? It seems that way to me, it being 3 years since I launched my blogs. I don’t think it warrants BIG celebration, but I do like to acknowledge them with little giveaways 🙂 There were a few comments by dear friends, and the one who randomly won my little “package of goodies” is… DRUM ROLL, please… Continue reading

UP!–Int’l DOT DAY 2017 is Here! (plus a Giveaway)

Wow, it’s yet another year we can all “make our mark” on the absolutely FABulous day we celebrate CREATIVITY — International Dot Day! 😀

Since I’ve been able to post my own dots here on my blog, this is now my fourth year as a proud participant 🙂 I was able to create special dots for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and of course wanted to do so this year, but life has been quite full as of late (I have a beautiful granddaughter now <3). But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to participate! Continue reading

UP! – When A Book Moves You…

It’s been a long while since I’ve written a proper blog post, I know. And it’s not that I don’t have plenty of ideas for posts. I do — a couple of them actually valuable — but what can I say? Life “stuff” can do that. I’m also not a book reviewer, so let’s not confuse this post about a book with an actual review. This is different. This is more.

For a very long time my sleep — mostly the lack of — has been an issue, last night being no different. I didn’t fall asleep till after midnight, then woke up about 4 a.m. to a pillow that shunned me no matter how much I tried to re-bond with it. By 4:30 the sun and birds were starting their day so I thought it best to join them. Continue reading

UP!–NJSCBWI 2017 Conference Personal Schedule Template for Download!

And here we are again! It never fails—the excitement builds each year from the moment registration opens to the actual weekend of the event, and the 2017 June New Jersey SCBWI Conference looks to be spectacular! (Note: registration is closed.)

Each year I’ve been able to post Personal Schedule Templates for download (some helpful background info so you can understand why I did and what qualifies me to do so). Typically I provide the documents well in advance, but this year we have an unfamiliar (to me) venue, so I had to wait until attendees were supplied with the “room” information before I could complete and share these with you. I’m happy to say they are done and here! 😀 . Yay! Continue reading