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From Blogging to Books: A Tour of Child/YA Lit Bloggers

The road to publication is not a straight line.  It’s not even a single line.  Sometimes it feels to me that there are as many ways to publish a book as there are books to publish.  I started out as a children’s librarian. From there I started to blog.  Then from blogging came some books.  […]

Video Sunday: Little Known Fact – Viola Swamp drinks at Starbucks

It seems to me that if Raina Telgemeier, Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Stephan Pastis, Mo Willems, Dave Roman, and other cartoonists who double as children’s book creators can have the chutzpah to participate in this video where they speak out against gun violence, the least we can do is to post it.  Frequently.  And everywhere. […]

Review of the Day: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid

Picture a Tree By Barbara Reid Albert Whitman & Company $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8075-6526-1 Ages 3-6 On shelves now. If you weren’t a teacher or a librarian you wouldn’t necessarily be aware of how critically important tree units are to our school systems. They’re huge. Each and every year when I worked as a children’s librarian […]

The Unreliable Narrator in the Picture Book Format

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Pop Culture Happy Hour where employees of NPR dissect some aspect of pop culture in a smart and funny way each week.  The show works for me because as I age I become worse and worse at knowing what is out there and this show allows […]

Chicago, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo: I’m Gunnin’ for Ya

Folks, I’ll be stepping away from the desk/office/city/state for the next few days as I do a tiny little self-propelled book tour.  In fact, if you happen to live in Chicago or Grand Rapids, MI or Kalamazoo then you are in luck.  I’m nigh!  Here are the appearances for the next few days: April 25th […]

Fusenews: Mysterious Edges, Heroic Worlds

Well sir, it’s a heckuva week.  Book stuff is happening out the wazoo, but for a moment I’d like to concentrate on what else is going on in the wider children’s literary world.  What say we Fusenews it up a bit, eh? Of course there’s no way to begin today without a hat tip to […]

Review of the Day: Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird

Giant Dance Party By Betsy Bird Illustrated By Brandon Dorman Greenwillow (an imprint of Harper Collins) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0061960833 Ages 3-7 On shelves now. Gotcha! I’m just messing with you.  No, I’m not going to actually review my book here.  I’m not going to wax rhapsodic over the hidden meanings lurking behind the mysterious cupcake […]

Video Sunday: Reading Rainbow fans are vast. They contain multitudes.

Admittedly I’ve been a bad blogger.  How long has it been since I did a Video Sunday?  Well, you can just bet that this one will be extra good to make up for it. To be perfectly frank, nonfiction book trailers don’t usually look as good as the one I’m about to show you.  When […]

Review of the Day: Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llama Pequena by Angela Dominguez

Maria Had a Little Llama / Maria Tenia Una Llama Pequena By Angela Dominguez Henry Holt (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8050-9333-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves August 20th Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you a humbled woman. A woman who “knew” certain facts but, until she saw them working in her own personal […]

Video Thursday: Because Rules Are Meant to Be Broken

They asked me to do some promotional videos for my book. I came up with these instead.  Life is too short not to have your legs eaten by legwarmers.  I’m inclined to name them The Electric Blue Boogaloo. Part One: Part Two: Part Three: Part Four: I have fun.

Got Me a Book. Got Me a Website. Got Me a Giant Dance Party.

Okay, folks.  This is where we start the self-promotion machine.  I’m looking at it right now and it’s rusty and corroded and clearly falling apart at the seams.  Nonetheless, I shall grab my proverbial gas can, fill the tank, pull the cord, let ‘er rip, and see where she takes me. So first and foremost, […]

Review of the Day: No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah Ohora

No Fits, Nilson! By Zachariah Ohora Dial (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-8037-3852-2 Ages 3-7 On shelves June 13th The small child is a frightening beast. A truly terrifying creature that can level the most powerful adult with the mere pitch of their fury laden screams. As a children’s librarian I used to tell […]

Story of my life

Hi-ho, readers one and all! I am back in the States, apparently in one piece, and raring to go.  In the coming weeks I’ll be gearing up for a bunch of Giant Dance Party appearances, and I will subject you to the announcements quite soon, I’m afraid. A quick note or two about my recent […]

The Children’s Literary Salon: Olivier Tallec and Oliver Jeffers at New York Public Library

Olivier Tallec & Oliver Jeffers Moderated by Pamela Paul Wednesday, May 1st |  6pm Place: NYPL, Berger Forum Olivier Tallec and Oliver Jeffers are both avid world travelers and authors whose bold and colorful children’s books are bestsellers in the US. Join them for an animated conversation at the New York Public Library, moderated by Pamela Paul, Children’s Book […]

A Reminder: Don’t Forget to Re-Sendakify Sendak!

The rules are simple.  Reinterpret a famous scene from any Maurice Sendak book in the style of another famous children’s picture book artist. Perhaps you’d like to do Pierre ala Ezra Jack Keats or Outside Over There in the style of Marcia Brown.  All power to you.  Whatever you prefer, if you think this is […]