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 »

Mentors For Rent: WE HAVE A WINNER!

I am happy to announce the winner of the coveted Mentors For Rent contest! The winner is…Wait! Before I announce the winner, I wanted to tell you that the prize is a 45 minute “on the spot” consultation by conference call or SKYPE to be used for manuscript feedback or to ask questions about submitting, writing, or… Read more »

A Nice Shout Out from SCBWI Blog Host Lee Wind

Many thanks to Lee Wind for his post in the official SCBWI blog about our Mentor Monday series. He’s passionate about mentorship as well. Check it out and add his blog to your follow list.  He and SCBWI have some great stuff going on

Lisa Wheeler and Spinster Goose and Publishers Weekly

Just wanted to cybercongratulate Lisa Wheeler her mention in the “about the artist” column of PW Children’s Books Spring 2011.  Lisa and illustrator, Sophie Blackall, are highlighted for their book, Spinster Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Naughty Children.  Lisa has been a sounding board for me and continues to deliver fun and engaging books. Check her out!