Tips for a Great Author Visit

20 Jul

I’m ‘stealing’ all of this fabulous information from the fabulous author, Kim Norman. Thanks, Kim! Plan art shows based on the book cover. Have a book sale. Hold contests (posters, essays, classroom door artwork, bulletin boards) with prizes like “Lunch with the Author.” Have a school-wide art contest based on the author’s books. Perhaps the […]

YOU’RE MY BOO Gets Fab Review from Kirkus!

20 Jul

YOU’RE MY BOO by Kate Dopirak, illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow Age Range: 3 – 5 A day in the life of a family is more than the sum of its adorable parts. “You’re my peek-a-boo, my sneak-a-boo, / my laughing till-you-squeak-a-boo.” So begins this mother fox’s celebration of her quick, sneaky, funny, naughty little […]

Spring 2017 Children’s Sneak Previews from Publishers Weekly

20 Jul

SCHOLASTIC/CARTWHEEL Cartwheel hops into spring with Snuggle Bunny by Kate Dopirak, illus. by Cori Doerrfeld, launching the StoryPlay line of books that include story-related games and crafts to extend early literacy learning; Are You My Cuddle Bunny? by Sandra Magsamen, joining Magsamen’s Heart-felt line of novelty books that have felt accents; and My Rainbow Surprise […]

My upcoming picture book — “adorable and scrappy and funny and sweet”! Woohoo!!!

19 Mar

A Cafe Chat with Lauren Rille, by Lindsay Bandy Posted on March 11, 2016 by EasternPennPoints IDA Design It’s a great day for a cafe chat! I’m excited to be back in the interviewer seat, but Lori Ann Palma has kept it nice and warm for me. Didn’t she do a great interview with Sean McCarthy […]

My Picture Book, YOU’RE MY BOO, has a Cover!

9 Oct

I got to see the cover of my picture book, YOU’RE MY BOO, set to be published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Summer 2016. My world stopped spinning. I had to remind myself to breathe. YOU’RE MY BOO’s illustrator, Lesley Breen Withrow, is my new superhero. “Dinner?” “No thanks. I’m looking at my cover.” […]

The Waiting and the Cookies

1 Sep

Waiting to hear news – any news at all – after submitting a manuscript is a special form of torture. Here’s what I’ve done so far today to distract myself from refreshing my email every 2 seconds: Took my puppy for a looooooong walk Ate a cookie Started reading Cynthia Lord’s fabulous middle grade novel, A […]

Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do?

16 May

My friend and critique partner asked me this question after she submitted her requested material: Okay, so while I wait. . .what should I do? Writing is hard. HARD, I tell you. (It’s super-fun, too, but mostly it’s hard.) After working really, REALLY hard on a manuscript for days or months or years, you finally […]

I SOLD A NEW PICTURE BOOK!!! #SNUGGLEBUNNY

28 Feb

  Celia Lee at Scholastic has acquired world rights to Kate Dopirak‘s (l.) Snuggle Bunny, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, a picture book about a young bunny who doesn’t want to get out of bed and soon finds himself with a lot of company. Publication is scheduled for 2017; Tracey Adams at Adams Literary represented the […]

Laurent Linn – WPA SCBWI Illustrators’ Day

21 Feb

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN ILLUSTRATOR TO ATTEND THIS FABULOUS EVENT! Registration is open! What: Illustrator’s Day (Create a mock project and spend a day with a featured art director) Where: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Featured Art Director: Laurent Linn (Simon & Schuster […]

Writing Tip from Puppy: Take a Break

22 Nov

I learn a lot from my puppy. One of the things she’s teaching me is to take breaks, and I think it helps my writing.  Frankie plays. She plays like it’s her job. Give her a wubba or a whiffle ball and watch out. Heaven help us if she gets her paws on a sock. She bolts […]