A NEW BOOK TO ADD TO YOUR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

If you’re looking for a family Christmas book to read out loud, there’s still time to find CHRISTMAS FAIRIES FOR OUMA, a new picture book by Lindsey McDivitt and Katarzyna Bukier that came out this year from Familius Books. The book is about Tessa, who wants to show her far-away …

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THE LITTLE HOUSE OF HOPE Giveaway!

Today I’m pleased to interview my longtime SCBWI friend, Terry Catasús Jennings, about her latest book, THE LITTLE HOUSE OF HOPE, published by Neal Porter Books and illustrated by Raúl Colón. The book received great reviews in a wide selection of publications including the New York Times. School Library Journal’s review concluded, “Colón’s trademark watercolor …

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SOMEWHERE IN THE BAYOU

What can you do to solve that problem? It’s what I say when kids tell me their pencil has no point, or that the LEGO brick they need most in the whole wide world is in someone else’s sticky fist. I say it when kids are squished too close together …

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NCTE Build Your Stack Recap

Last weekend I attended the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in balmy Anaheim, CA. The last time the convention was in person was 2019, and it was great to see many author/illustrator friends again! The NCTE convention is a great way for authors and illustrators …

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23 of the MANY Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2023

It’s that time again! 🙂 I hereby give you my list of 23 of the MANY Picture Books I’m Looking Forward to in ’23! WINNER:

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MaDO

Time for another self-serving post. Apologies. I’ve written about my Monster a Day October in the past, but feel a need to share again. Because, honestly, I think this may have been my best year yet. Scratch that—it IS my best year yet. As a brief description for those new …

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