My Books

Monday, February 11, 2013

i haiku the new york times

I Haiku You just appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. I'm tickled—what a compliment to be compared to "Gyo Fujikawa."

Friday, February 8, 2013

i haiku you trifecta post + recap

Thanks so much to Colby Sharp and John Schumacher for hosting a final I Haiku You "trifecta" blog posting today (plus who doesn't love that word?)! Their blogs (see #5 below) are super cool and you should check them out "just because."

Below is a recap of all the blog stops, starting with today's trifecta (which includes yet ANOTHER book giveaway!). Each post is unique and many features are written by me. Stop by to learn a little more about haiku, my bookmaking process and what it's like to be a children's book author-illustrator:
5th Stop: Nerdy Book Club, Watch. Connect. Read. (w/ book giveaway), Sharpread
4th Stop: Two Writing Teachers (w/ book giveaway)
3rd Stop: U.S. Kids (w/ book giveaway)
2nd Stop: Writing and Illustrating (w/ book giveaway)
1st Stop: The Children’s Book Review

And another big thanks to my publicity gal Johanna and the whole behind-the-scenes team at Random House that helped put this together! And lastly, thanks to my agency Painted Words and all my book buds (especially my crit group girls) that have supported my book and events and helped spread the word. It takes a village to sell a book!

A little birdie (or Betsy) also says you may want to take a peek at the New York Times Book Review this Sunday, Feb. 10. Sorry, the little birdie can't share anything more until Sunday.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

i haiku you blog stop #4: behind the scenes

My guest post today is here at Two Writing Teachers blog. This is a good post to read if you're curious about the process of creating a children's book. I share a behind-the-scenes peek at how I wrote and illustrated I Haiku You. Plus, there is ANOTHER book giveaway at the end of the post!

Stay tuned for a triple blog-stop tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

i haiku you blog stops #2 and #3

Blog stop #2:
Thanks to Kathy Temean for yesterday's lovely feature and for hosting an I Haiku You book giveaway. To enter: 1. Tweet this link: 2. Then go to the same link and leave a comment with your name and contact info.Winner will be announced on Valentine's Day!

Kathy also did this feature about me back on December 1st.

Blog stop #3:
Thanks to Sarah Hann at US Kids Magazine for today's feature! Sarah also did this review of I Haiku You. And there is another book giveaway here!

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Monday, February 4, 2013

the art of writing haiku for kids

My I Haiku You blog tour starts today! I'm so excited to announce that my first stop is the The Children's Book Review. My guest post is all about "The Art of Writing Haiku for Kids". Once I got over the nerves of writing it, I had so much fun and realized I had a lot to share about making books.

Please stay tuned all week for more blog stops and book giveaways! You can find I Haiku You at your local book shop or online sites like Amazon. It makes a perfect gift for that special someone or little one on Valentine's Day or any time of year.

Here's a great review that ran in yesterday's Cleveland Plain Dealer (my local paper):

Also, click here to view some photos from a Valentine Story Time I did with my friend Susan Reagan (check out her new book Tweet Hearts). We had a great turnout and I want to thank everyone that braved the snowflakes to come out and support us. It meant so much to be able to gather with family, friends and other book buds (at a flower shop, of course) to celebrate our love of books! I made my own haiku fortune cookies as party favors (with haiku from the book and stickers inside)!