Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My job is amazing

Besides actually writing, what do children's authors do all day? Well, planning how to build a five foot tall, plywood lobster is part of it...

#LucyLovesSherman #coming2017 #lobsterlover

Friday, October 21, 2016

And now, coming to the stage...

Ya'll... I can't even... I have so many AHHHHMAZING events coming up, from school visits to charity events. So please forgve my blog-silence. I've been neck deep in work, crafting power points (with lots of cat and dog pictures from the internet, obviously) and readying crafts. Basically it's presentation-prep-madness over here. For example, I now I have enough bookmarks to wallpaper a small house.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Literally FABULOUS!

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

You can view the post here: http://literallylynnemarie.blogspot.com/2016/08/its-party-time-launch-party-time-that.html


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)

#bigfun #littleelliot # littleelliotbigfun #PBreview

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.