My Books

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

thanks pbj's

For anyone that loves children's books, you'll have to add the "Picture Book Junkies Blog" to your reference list. Basically, it's five different perspectives all in one blog—five talented illustrators, who call themselves the "PBJ's", take turns posting entries about kids' books, art, and other related topics. They each pick a book of the month to highlight on their sidebar, and I am happy to say that Roz's pick was Sweet Dreams Lullaby. Click here to read the interview. Hey PBJ's, thanks so much for the shout-out!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

indie next list

I just got some exciting news from my editor at Random House! I am happy to announce that Sweet Dreams Lullaby has been selected for inclusion on the Spring 2010 Children's Indie Next List (Note: if you click on this link, you have to then click on the category "Ages 4 to 8", and then use the right arrow to scroll and find my book).

From my editor: The Indie Next List is drawn from bookseller recommendations of favorite “handsells.” Independent booksellers choose what they believe is “the next big thing, the next great read, the next bestseller, or the next undiscovered gem.”

Nothing like getting some good news to give ya a little boost when you're in the middle of writing the next book. Thanks Indie Next List!

Monday, March 1, 2010

storytime fun

I just wrapped up a round of storytimes and book signings for Sweet Dreams Lullaby. It's so fun to finally be able to share a new book, after waiting about a year for it to be published. And kids always surprise me by what they notice or point out or respond to. I learn just as much as kids do from the experience–interacting with kids, parents and children's book lovers is really one of the the most rewarding parts of what I do.

Here are some highlights of some past events...

Cleveland event at Joseph-Beth on Feb. 20, 2010:

poster in the window


we made bunny puppets for the craft

my niece with her bunny puppet

Cincinnati event at Joseph-Beth on Feb. 26, 2010:

can you tell I ADORE the book store staff!

me and my buddy Gavin

Dayton event at Books & Co. on Feb. 27, 2010:

snugglin' at storytime!

touchin' Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?

my professor and mentor from UD came with her son

one of my best gal pals, her 2 kids, and a friend's 2 kids

Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster on Nov. 7, 2009:

my booth

ha-ha...gotta love a photo opp with Flat Stanley himself!

kids could make tiger masks at my booth

mystery tiger #1

mystery tiger #2

mystery tiger #3

my long-lost friend from elementary school came with her family! (we hadn't seen each other in 15 years)