UP!–When You’re WAY PAST MAD + A Book GIVEAWAY!

Way Past MadAs you know, I don’t do reviews, but I do occasionally feel compelled to highlight books that promote poignant subject matter, e.g., kindness, bullying, emotions, etc. It seems that “poignant” is author Hallee Adelman‘s calling card.

Anger is the kind of emotion that can be scary, especially for children, and sometimes leads to regretful behavior. Learning how to manage it at a young age is critical. In fact, in 1969 Fred Rogers recited before the U. S. Senate a song he wrote, “What Do You Do?” (…with the mad that you feel?) which literally saved PBS.

Here we are, in 2020, and that’s what Hallee‘s newest picture book is about: what you do—and don’t do—when you get angry. In Way Past Mad, main character, Keya’s little brother, Nate (who doesn’t know any better), wreaks havoc when he Continue reading

UP!–I’m “Over the Moon” About My PRIZE!

Well, gang, you may remember that a few months ago I posted my entry for the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy! contest. I’m happy to report I did win one of the many prizes 🏆😁: a SHUTTERFLY Gift Certificate! It was the prize I most wanted from the moment I first saw it, knowing my granddaughter would love and cherish it, and so would I 🥰 Continue reading

UP!–It’s STORYSTORM Time!

I’m not typically one for online challenges. I mean, who needs one more “thing to do,” right? Especially with a deadline! BUT…when the challenge has been both exceptional and irresistible, I’ve succumbed 🤭. In 2014 I couldn’t hold back any longer from joining in on the always-popular, ever-growing “baby” birthed by super-talented author, Tara Lazar.

Having wanted to create a space for picture book writers that mirrored the November NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) annual “movement,” waaaay back in 2009 Tara initiated PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month): 30 picture book ideas 💡 in 30 days. This challenge Continue reading

UP!–Princeton Children’s Book Festival 2019!

I came. I saw. I conquered! 🤗😁😎

I don’t know if any of you noticed, but there was no post for last year’s Princeton Book Festival 😮 “Why?” you may ask. You KNOW if I didn’t go it was because it was imPOSSible for me to get there. Well — it was impossible sigh. You see, I busted my wrist in July 2018 so couldn’t drive to Princeton in September. Yes, it was TORturous not going because I knew what I was missing. 😭 But here we are, two years since my last venture to “Oz” and I’m thrilled 🤗

OK, so this year as is every year, it was a full-on expedition for me, having prepped like the mountain climber I am. (Yeah. RIGHT! 🤣)… Continue reading

UP!–My Contest Entry: Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy!

Well, Happy Readers, I’m happy to report this post is more in line with what I typically put on my blog 🤗. (Yes, the Princeton Book Festival post is still coming! Was going to do the Glen Rock Festival, but most of my photos were useless 😣🙄)

Two days ago, when I was able to catch one of my beloved Twitter chats #kidlitchat, talented author Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez popped in and let us know about her aMAZing contest: the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy. I still can’t get over how generous all the prize donors are. I mean really — 51 prizes that include picture book critiques, first chapter MG/YA critiques, signed books, and more! (Pssst…I’ve got my eye Continue reading