Welcome Author Julie Hedlund – Giveaway Alert

I’m very excited to share my interview with author Julie Hedlund whose new book, OVER, BEAR! UNDER, WHERE?, illustrated by Michael Slack will be out in the world on November 9th which means you should go preorder it from your favorite indie bookstore now. Julie is the founder of the 12x12PictureBook Challenge which is aContinue reading “Welcome Author Julie Hedlund – Giveaway Alert”

Winner Announcement 10/18/21

Today I have two winners to announce for giveaways from two wonderful authors that I know and admire. Lynn Becker is the winner of a Picture Book Fast & Lite Critique from author Denise Vega and a copy of her wonderful book, IF YOUR MONSTER WON’T GO TO BED, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora. The winnerContinue reading “Winner Announcement 10/18/21”

Winner Announcements 10/4/21

I’m happy to announce two winners today! Congratulations to Jennifer Lowe, winner of the a picture book critique from Henry Herz, author of I AM SMOKE, illustrated by Mercè López. Congratulations to Therese Gordon winner of a signed copy of BAREFOOT DREAMS OF Petra Luna and book swag from author, Alda P. Dobbs. Winners pleaseContinue reading “Winner Announcements 10/4/21”

Welcome Author Denise Vega – Giveaway Alert

I’m so happy to share my interview with author, writing professor, and generous force for literacy from picture books to YA, Denise Vega. I met Denise through our local SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) where I’ve learned so much from her presentations. Denise is an inspiration to the writing community and I’mContinue reading “Welcome Author Denise Vega – Giveaway Alert”

Welcome Author Andrea Wang – Giveaway Alert

I am thrilled to share my interview with another wonderful member of my local SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) chapter, Andrea Wang. In preCovid times, we were together at a variety of events and the last time I saw her in person she shared news about her then upcoming book, WATERCRESS andContinue reading “Welcome Author Andrea Wang – Giveaway Alert”

Welcome Author Kimberlee Gard – Giveaway Alert

I’m excited to feature another local author who I have been lucky enough to be with at some in person events. Kimberlee Gard is the author of SNOOZAPALOOZA , illustrated by Vivian Mineker which might be the most fun title ever and definitely made my favorite two year old and me giggle. Kimberlee also hasContinue reading “Welcome Author Kimberlee Gard – Giveaway Alert”

Winner Announcement 6/28/2021

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”

Charlie and Sienna – a Friendship Story for Valentiny Contest

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”

Welcome Samantha Cleaver – Giveaway Alert!

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!”

Waiting and Looking Ahead

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”