Thursday, August 25, 2016

Literally FABULOUS!

I want to give a massive shout out to Lynne Marie, host of the amazing kidlit website I guest posted on the site today about book launch parties. Thank you for having me Lynne !

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Trains Don't Sleep

Soexcited, soexcited, soexcited... Choo! Choo!

This sweet bedtime book is now available for pre-order at 

It's perfect for little train lovers, and a great study in how to write in rhyme. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Big Fun Friday

New book alert! New Book alert!

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato. It’s adorable. No, wait, it’s awwww-dorable. And funny. And charming. It tells the story of Little Elliot - a polka dotted elephant - and his best friend Mouse, and their day at the boardwalk. Ice cream, games, shows – sounds great right? Nope. Not if you are Little Elliot who sees the rides as too wet, too dizzy, and too fast. So what’s a mouse to do when his buddy has the jitters? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out of course. No spoilers here. 

There is so much to love about BIG FUN. The hilarious, not-at-all-fun Fun House. The heartwarming way that Mouse puts his little paw on Elliott’s knee. The plot that totally brings me back to my first ever amusement park where I was chased a giant swan… (Not any swan, by the way, but, like, a mutant GIANT swan. Possibly with fangs. I was four. It was terrifying. But I digress…)

Add gorgeous artwork that feels vintage and timeless, and this book is a total winner.  There’s even a spread that folds out, creating this amazing panorama over four pages – my kids especially liked that bit.

Whether you buy the book because you are a writer and need a good example of a great picture book, or because you’re a parent who needs to pick something awesome (and re-readable) for bedtime, check out LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN.

And - also - beware of swans.

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato, (Henry Holt, 2016)

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

"It's about that time...

... to bring forth the rhythm and the rhyme."
- Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

Only one week left until school starts! Not that I am counting the days (I am actually counting the minutes),  but I am eager to get back to my quiet, peaceful office hours. I adore my little girls, but I have a stack of manuscripts that need mama's love too. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Blake Library

Thank you to all the kids, moms, dads, and teachers who joined me yesterday at Blake Library for our special story hour!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Picture Book Pairings

In light of Barnes and Noble’s recent decision to serve alcohol in its stores, I created a list of wine and picture book pairings. And by “wine” I mean any alcohol really, because I don’t know that much about wine. After all, parents usually read to their kids at bedtime, so what’s wrong with a little nightcap to take the edge off?

(1) Good Night Moon & Merlot – Because honestly half way through either one, I feel drowsy.

(2) Any OLIVIA book & a handle of Vodka – These books are long so … you know… better come prepared.

(3) I Am a Bunny & Port – The cozy warmth of the dessert wine brings out the cuddliness of the main character. Warning: Both of these things will make you want a bunny, like at a Lennie-pet-the-rabbits kind of level.

(4) Where the Wild Things Are & four shots of Patron – Also known as “Things Mommy and Daddy Did Before The Baby,” this bold match up provides a wonderfully weird and wild experience that you won’t remember

(5) Go the F**k to Sleep & a crisp Pinot Gris – I love both of these things, so this one’s a no brainer.

(6) A Ball for Daisy & a Martini – Hey, it’s 8’o’clock at night after you worked all friggin’ day and your four year old, after loosing her blanket for an hour, and refusing to brush her teeth because the toothpaste all of sudden tastes “funny,” now demands that you make up a brand new, hilarious and – of course - loooong story to accompany the images from this wordless picture book. Oh and there HAS to be a princess in it. Yea. You’re gonna need a stiff drink.

(7) The Watermelon Seed & Chardonnay – This simple summer-y coupling will leave you smiling, even if you have to read the book over and over (which you would even sober because it’s an AWESOME book).

(8) All the Elephant and Piggie Books & a six pack of Corona – Mo Willems recently ended this series so by the end of the last book, and the last beer, you’ll be teary eyed with the memories of the “good times.” Don’t forget the limes.

(9) Hypnosis Harry & Diet Coke – Honestly this one’s a shameless plug because I wrote Hypnosis Harry, and I pretty much live off of Diet Coke. Toss in a donut and we’re basically the same person.

(10) Any Book & Champagne – Why champagne? Because you read to your kids, which officially makes them better little humans. And that‘s worth a glass of bubbly. So celebrate, books open and bottoms up!

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