Thursday, June 18, 2020

Divine Diversity



Every cloud has it's silver lining - and in these crazy times I have definitely been looking upward, inward, and all around for some shining light and happy thoughts. And for me  - that light and happiness can usually be found on a book shelf. With that in mind, here's a great list of of kidlit books about diversity and difference:

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Fiction vs. Fact

What I thought my quarantine would look like...








What my quarantine actually looks like.

#whatever
#ilikebooksandjammies


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Housebound Books

artist Rekuenko Valentin


I'm stuck at home. You too? With kids. Same here. You know what passes the time - besides constant snack making and homeschooling and more snack making? Reading. Bet you saw that one coming! And in the spirit of all this stay-at-home craziness, here is a great list of picture books about HOME :)

Happy Reading!

https://bookroo.com/books/topics/home


Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Dress for a Quarantine

THEM: The perfect Quarantine shirt doesn’t ex...
ME:





#indoorsy #amazonfind #Quarantineootd #notpicturedmahdaywineandcornpops

Here's a direct link to the shirt for all of ya'll stuck inside, (and us introverts):

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Get Ye to a Webinar!


I have heard awesome things about Pat's webinars from multiple crit partners, so I signed up for one in February. They added an afternoon session to handle the extra demand so git' on it people! Sign up! SCWBI members get a discount :) 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

This is R.A.D.!


"LitWorld founded World Read Aloud Day in 2010 as an opportunity for people all around the globe to celebrate the joy of reading aloud, and advocate for literacy as a fundamental human right that belongs to everyone."

For more, please visit: 


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Sharin' Karen



As shared by a fabulous crit friend and agent sister, Karen Jameson....

"In case anyone is interested, here are links to two upcoming NF webinars, one by Kate Heit of Scholastic and the other by Carol Hinz of Millbrook/Lerner. Both are happening in February."





For those of you who don't know her, Karen is crazy talented and several new books coming out. Please check out her website and bask in her awesomeness. 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Write What You Know



Howdy (writing) partners! Just wanted to pop in with some blast-from-the-past pictures and a quick tidbit about picture book subject matter. 



This is me - circa 1980 - and one of the Brahman bulls on our family's farm. It was a little farm - but a busy one, filled with sounds (and smells!) that stuck with me. And it's exactly these kinds of childhood experiences that I have been mining for book ideas. So what inspired the walk down memory lane? 

Well for one thing I own half that farm now, and still make memories there. 

Secondly, I just attended a SCBWI conference and this message - write what you know - was a key theme. In other words, your stories should look in, not out. Be authentic, and mine your memories for (especially childhood) experiences that were both unique but also universal. 


Also, watch out for cow pies. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

*NEW KIDLIT IMPRINT*



Well looky here! A new kidlit imprint will be launching in 2020! As explained in the article: "HarperCollins Children’s Books is expanding with a new imprint for young readers, Quill Tree Books....Quill Tree will focus on publishing authors with a strong point of view, as well as those who are often underrepresented"

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Start Your Engines...



Your literary brain engines, that is! It's January which means it is also Story Storm time! As explained on the website "The Storystorm challenge is to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas."

This amazing event was created by Tara Lazar - yes, THAT Tara Lazar. So you know it is good! And it's free and it's online. YAY!