YOU’RE MY BOO Book Trailer!

14 Sep

Here’s the YOU’RE MY BOO book trailer: Thanks to Katya Szewczuk, and to my niece and nephew for stealing the show. LOVE their giggles!  

YOU’RE MY BOO Book Launch Parties!

25 Aug

Please join me to celebrate the launch of my debut picture book, You’re My Boo (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster): Friday, September 23, 2016 6:00pm @ Barnes & Noble (Cranberry, PA) Saturday, September 24, 2016 noon @ Penguin Bookshop (Sewickley, PA) Saturday, October 1, 2016 2:00pm @ Parnassus Books (Nashville, TN)


6 Aug

My debut picture book, YOU’RE MY BOO (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster), was featured in the Millennium Biltmore’s lobby at the LA SCBWI Annual Summer Conference!                     What a thrill! I also got to sign it for the very first time.           […]

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 […]