Welcome debut authors of CINDERELLIOT – A Scrumptious Fairytale, Mark Ceilley & Rachel Smoka-Richardson!

I absolutely love introducing debut authors, and today I get to bring in not one, but TWO.  Co-authors Mark Ceilley and Rachel Smoka-Richardson, with the help of illustrator Stephanie Laberis, have brought to life a bright, snappy twist on the Cinderella story, CINDERELLIOT – A Scrumptious Fairytale (Running Press Kids). …

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Welcome, award-winning illustrator (of my new book), Jack Knight’s Brave Flight, Stacy Innerst!

If you write for children, you can probably imagine how floored I was to learn, a few years ago, that the amazing Stacy Innerst would be illustrating my JACK KNIGHT’S BRAVE FLIGHT – How One Gutsy Pilot Saved the U.S. Air Mail Service (Calkins Creek/Astra), released just last week. Stacy’s …

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Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!

Happy autumn! Because I’ve been here … … on the seat of a tractor for weeks now, sometimes with the help of a grandkiddo (they think…don’t worry, we aren’t moving in this photo), I’m having to skip an OUTSIDE THE BOX post this month (but, ooh, have I got a …

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OUTSIDE THE BOX with Kelly Starling Lyons!

Whoa, baby. I feel really fortunate to have snagged Kelly Starling Lyons for a chat, because this is one. busy. woman. Prepare to be INSPIRED, people. JE: Welcome, Kelly! After watching your recent SCBWI Zoom, I knew you were perfect for this OUTSIDE THE BOX feature. In that presentation, you …

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