For those of you who’ve been following my blog since its launch, you may recall that at that time it had been planned to do Q&As with the Reynolds brothers, but due to life’s demands the posts had to be postponed. These are two busy guys. After all, what else would you expect from superheroes?! Well, I can tell you—they were worth the wait. When you read their sensitive, wise, affecting responses to my questions, their superpowers are crystal clear: words and actions that stem from passionate, sincere hearts. I’m SO honored to be hosting them as part of International Dot Day 2018 (just 2 weeks away, having been inspired by Peter’s book, The Dot!). This year, rather than creating my own little Dot, I think this is a MUCH better way to celebrate 🙂 ❤ Continue reading →
Hello, everyone! I hope your summer’s off to a good start and you’re staying cool 😎
Typically, as you know, my blog posts have more substance, but truth be told—I’ve been working on something for months, intermittently, and it’ll be a while before that’s ready (’cause it’s BIG!). I’m also waiting on a couple of special Q&As I hope to receive by Dot Day, so those are a way off, too.
Just yesterday I happened across a tweet, loved the image and wanted to share it with my fellow book lovers, so I’m throwing this quick little post in the mix and saying “Hi!” at the same time 🙂 Continue reading →
Wow, is it THAT time of year again?! The years fly way too fast, but this is the type of event we can’t get to soon enough. There’s no way NOT to look forward to seeing friends, meeting new people and living a couple of “all things KidLit” days 😀 Our 2018 June New Jersey SCBWI Conference is jam-packed with goodies! (Note: registration is closed.)
This year’s schedule has quite a few changes to it in comparison to years past, so you veterans may notice the alterations to the templates. It’s the same basic layout and serves the same purpose, so I hope this continues to help your conference weekend run smoothly. I know I can’t do without mine! 😀 . For you newbies, here’s some helpful background info so you can understand why I do this and what qualifies me to do so. This is the second year we’re holding the conference at this venue, so the organizers continue to make improvements to help the weekend work well, and their work is so appreciated 🙂 . Continue reading →
Every so many weeks I head to Barnes & Noble and allow myself some time to catch up on recent picture book releases. I can easily load two or three dozen books into my basket per visit (thank goodness they now have ones on wheels!), then Continue reading →
Over a month ago (yes, that’s how busy life can be) I was fortunate to catch a tweet about a book signing at a bookstore in northern New Jersey, my “neck of the woods.” The tweeter? The lovely Holly M. McGhee, gifted author of a variety of children’s books. The book? Come With Me, Holly’s newest picture book release (a smash hit, by the way!). The place? The Curious Reader, an independent children’s bookstore in Glen Rock, NJ, one I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to visit.
I was looking forward to the event, for sure. It was a “win-win-win,” right? You bet it was! But it turned out to be even more of an afternoon than I’d expected. Not only was the book signing a “gold/silver/bronze” event, but I even ended up with an unexpected, celebratory “closing ceremony,” all of which I want to share with you 😀