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Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

8 Apr

I am reading Jeannie Mobley’s KATERINA’S WISH to my boys, who are six and eight.     The back of the book reads: What would I wish for, if I had a wish? I took a deep breath to quell the pang of homesickness in my heart, and I spoke. “I wish for a farm where […]

MY BLUE IS HAPPY by Jessica Young

13 Jun

I am super-excited to share the big, fat news that you can pre-order Jessica Young’s MY BLUE IS HAPPY. (I love Jess and her writing, and I am completely confident that you will, too.)   Follow one girl’s journey through her neighborhood as she explores what colors mean to different people. ls red angry, like a dragon’s burning breath? […]

Pink Panther and Erica S. Perl’s Chicken Butt!

27 Oct

My sons watched an episode of Pink Panther as I drove. I couldn’t see the screen, of course, but I loved listening to my boys. Here’s what went down: 7-year-old: “It’s a rabbit!” 5-year-old: “I know it!” 7-year-old: “It’s gonna be a rabbit!” Both boys: “Ahhhhhhhhhh! IT’S A CHICKEN!!!!” Laughs and laughs and more laughs. […]

Meeting Courtney Stevens Potter: Another Reason to Thank SCBWI

17 Oct

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Courtney Stevens Potter at the LA SCBWI conference. Courtney made me laugh, really laugh, and I had a blast with her, but she’s also so warm, so real, so honest, that at times, she made my heart beat in my ears. She gave me shivers three times […]

Thank you, Jay Asher

8 Oct

Jay Asher was a keynote speaker at the 2009 New York SCBWI conference. Thirteen Reasons Why had exploded onto the scene in 2007. He was an author on the rise – a star in the making. And I was lucky enough to be in the room with him. His speech was passionate, funny, warm and […]

Thank you, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

1 Oct

You’ve read (and fallen in love with) Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s middle grade novel, Selling Hope, right? (If you haven’t read Selling Hope, read it right this very second. Go ahead. I’ll wait. If you have read Selling Hope, then yay for you and please continue reading this post.) Because I love everything about this smart, […]