It pains me to announce today’s winner because I really wanted this prize for myself, but that seems like it might be a bit shady, so … Congratulations to Dina Hodara who won the priceless prize of a query + 10 page middle grade critique from the hugely talented Rajani LaRocca, author of MUCH ADOContinue reading “Winner Announcement 6/28/2021”
Today I am sharing my entry for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny Contest. https://susannahill.com/2021/01/25/eh-whats-up-doc-announcing-the-guidelines-for-the-6th-annual-valentiny-writing-contest/ Judging criteria will include: Kid-appeal/Kid-friendliness – remember, this is a story for kids! Creativity in using bravery and success in making us feel the bravery! Valentine’s Day appropriateness – this is a VALENTINE story! Quality of story – we will look for basic storyContinue reading “Charlie and Sienna – a Friendship Story for Valentiny Contest”
I’m excited to welcome Samantha Cleaver to kick off my new twice-weekly blogposts devoted to writing for and reading with children. Samantha and I taught together in Chicago about ten years ago. Since that time, she moved to North Carolina, began raising her own little readers and earned her PhD. She is the author ofContinue reading “Welcome Samantha Cleaver – Giveaway Alert!”
What are you waiting for and looking forward to? What’s holding you back? Charlie is waiting for his beloved Meadow, and the leash is holding him back. Obviously with limited access to places where people gather and travel, I’ve been enjoying time on the trail as much as Charlie does. But I’ve been waiting forContinue reading “Waiting and Looking Ahead”
Starting next week, I’ll be featuring authors and illustrators on Tuesdays and Fridays. This will include some of the following some of the time! (My legal department told me to say that.) ✅ giveaways ✅ behind the story ✅ writing inspiration ✅ book reviews Who else is excited for 2021? 🎊🎊🎊
I’m a big fan of writing contests and of Vivian Kirkfield. Her contest is challenging because telling a story with 50 words or less is not easy! Here’s the link to the contest and my story is shared below. #50PreciousWords 2020 Contest It’s Hard to Pick a Favorite, by Laura Roettiger (47 Words) A favorite?IContinue reading “It’s Hard to Pick a Favorite #50PreciousWords”
So many wonderful experiences have happened since Aliana Reaches for the Moon was released. I’m enjoying author visits and schools and connecting with readers is the best part. School visits this week and the first week of March in Colorado. Heading to Chicago for some school visits later in March!
Last Wednesday was World Read Aloud Day which is a way for authors to Skype with students. I signed up on Kate Messner’s website (link above) and four teachers/librarians emailed to connect with me for a virtual visit. I ended up reading with 3 schools in Michigan, New York, and Virginia and it was aContinue reading “World Read Aloud Day”