Much of children’s publishing feels like a big ol’ mystery especially when we are getting started in the industry. I thought it might be helpful to share the process of a new children’s book from my original lightbulb moment to the eventual book on a shelf. Caveat: there is no guarantee this will actually be… Read more »
SNEAK PEEKS: REAL PRINCESSES CHANGE THE WORLD
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ve seen me gushing about the sneak peeks of my next authored book for children, REAL PRINCESSES CHANGE THE WORLD. I apologize (sort of). Going forward, I’ll share different information in both places, so be sure to subscribe to both my blog and newsletter if you are so inclined. Back… Read more »
Can good worry ignite inquiry? Let’s find out.
It took me all of a second to answer award-winning author Patricia Newman when she asked if I would like to contribute to her highly effective and well-read blog, LitLinks. (See the post below.) I selected a post date in November, the perfect time to talk about animal adaptations to cold and how my worry… Read more »
New book news: real princesses picture book
I’m so excited to share the news of this upcoming picture book that I am authoring. Expected to launch in late 2022, the book is an anthology of princesses living in our current times who are accomplishing surprising and important things. They are deploying their positions and communities to make new laws, help the environment,… Read more »
Great Lakes, great books Ballots are due by january 19, 2020
The Great Lakes Great Reads award bestowed by the Michigan Reading Association is an annual program to recognize excellence in writing for books about or written by authors with ties to the Great Lakes region. The awards given annually are for Adult and Children’s Books. Children vote for their favorite book and winners are announced… Read more »
The Surprise, The Honor, and The Challenge
“Here lies one doubly blessed. She was happy and she knew it.” — Gwen Frostic’s epitaph written by herself The Surprise On March 9th, 2019, during the Michigan Reading Association‘s (MRA) annual literacy conference, I was honored with their 2019 Gwen Frostic Award. I hadn’t a speck of an inkling this was in the… Read more »
A Book Walk in the Woods: Nature Conservancy
The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, a nonprofit land conservation organization, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Their 2016 Storybook Hike Series is such a fun way to celebrate this milestone. They hosted me and A Warm Winter Tale at their Kalamazoo preserve on February 27, 2016 and I had a blast! The intent of our storybook hikes is… Read more »
Mentor Monday is BACK!
Anastasia Suen I’m excited to share my news that the Mentor Monday series is open for business again! The feedback from this series was always positive and my enthusiasm for the topic has never waned. So…once a mid-month on a Monday, I’ll share an interview with people in the children’s literature community on the topic… Read more »
Conference Success Stories: got one?
As a follow up to my post about the importance of attending conferences, let’s share success stories. I’m not limiting “success” to just a sold manuscript. Maybe you’ve formed a new relationship, had a great critique, advanced your career in some fashion as a result of attending a conference. Spill it! We’d love to hear. I’ll start:At my second ever… Read more »
Books Help Children’s Brains
A new study supports the idea that reading books as a child posivitely influences brain development. Neuroscientist Martha Farah at the University of Pennsylvania and her colleagues found that “…the level of mental stimulation a child receives in the home at age 4 predicted the thickness of two regions of the cortex in late adolescence, such that more… Read more »