When you buy a picture book, you might only notice the author and illustrator’s name. But when it comes to transforming a typed manuscript into a published book? That takes an entire team of talented people. The author works with the editor on direction, revisions, and anything else that has to do with the text…. Read more »Read More
INSIDE SCOOP: Vita Lane, a debut illustrator to watch!
Fine tune your radar screens, my friends. I have a debut illustrator that you should be watching closely and snap up our book! Vita Lane brings joy, texture, symbolic, and playful color palettes to her work. Our book, Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight presented an interesting challenge because it’s a true story… Read more »Read More
COVER REVEAL! The Cover of My Next Book is Here! And it’s delicious!
Should it be illegal to put tomatoes in Clam Chowder? My next book, Chowder Rules! is the hilarious true story of the man who tried to make it a crime! Friends, this tale will put a smile on your face and a grumble in your tummy. It happened in 1939 when Maine state lawmaker Cleveland Sleeper,… Read more »Read More
CAMP COVID: Business School Edition (HOW and WHY I’m teaching my kids about my job as part of their homeschooling)
My babies are going to business school! They may be only eight and eleven, but the time is right! And you can’t beat the commute! Sound like I’ve lost my mind? Not yet! Let me explain. When I was writing Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World, my research meant a deep dive into Elon’s… Read more »Read More
Super Fun Book News: Book Trailer, Read Aloud, and Good News Galore
Hello Readers! When good news happens these days, like during week NINE of our stay-at-home pandemic journey–yes, when good news happens these days, we are shouting it from the mountain tops because we need every single triumph and success we can get right now! So let’s do some happy dancing. Plus, if you have kids… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: Time Travel (Or Virtual Spring Break in the time of Corona)
Hello, friends! This week is officially Spring Break. While we aren’t actually traveling anywhere and our schools are taking a break from remote learning… we are taking a super-duper, virtual, time-traveling vacation that I think will be fun! When my boys were toddlers, their pediatrician gave me some golden advice: follow the kids’ interests and give… Read more »Read More
Writing About Courage… When I Needed it Most (The Story Behind “Rescuing the Declaration of Independence”)
Today is my book birthday! It has been my dream to become a picture book author since I was a little girl. And today marks the release of Rescuing the Declaration of Independence: How We Almost Lost the Words that Built America. The actual book surpasses anything I could have imagined. The illustrations by Sibert… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: This Week in STEM April 13 (Astronauts, Meteors, and Back Holes! Oh MY!)
Happy Week in STEM, Friends! Here’s my weekly trick for letting the scientists, astronauts, and researchers carry some of the Camp COVID load this week! From astronaut talk backs to story time to meteor showers, this is a great week in STEM to excite minds of all ages. Plus, dinner table talk. Four topics to… Read more »Read More
CAMP COVID: The Week in STEM! (Get out your calendar and let astronauts and scientists do some of the work for you!)
This week in STEM! Okay friends, I’m starting something new. A way for us all to keep our eyes peeled on cool STEM events as they happen. You can add these events to your schedule and prep a little with some dinner table talk. I’ll make it easy for us all and spell it out… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: Art Therapy and Dolly Parton? Exactly What We Need!
Friends, I’m so excited to share what we’ve been up to with you because it’s EASY, it’s CALMING, it’s ENGROSSING, and we loved it. You may have noticed that many children’s book illustrators are offering art tutorials for FREE. This is an exciting development! My 2nd grader and I grabbed some paper and markers. We… Read more »Read More