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Book Signing!

Looking for a great holiday gift for a little one in your life? Join me on Saturday, December 8 at Red Rock Books in Ridgecrest, CA.

From 1:00-3:00, I’ll be reading and signing copies of my latest book, MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY: A SONG FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS (illustrated by the fabulous Carol Heyer–whom I owe an apology to for adding a Santa Hat to her adorable wolf pup on the cover). A fun time is guaranteed!

And books! Did I mention ALL the books? Terrific gifts for kids of all ages! I hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it, you can always order books from www.indiebound.org. (isn’t that what we all do?)

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The Holidays Are Approaching…

…and what better gift to give than a book. Books shape minds, give people an escape, give us something to talk about and who doesn’t have a book in their heart that has stayed with them long after childhood?

This is why I’m so excited to see Mother Earth’s Lullaby listed on Word Spelunking’s Holiday Gift Guide. The list is populated with some outstanding children’s books and authors (J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Robert Sabuda, to name a few). Check it out for some great gift ideas!

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MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY IS OUT!

MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY: A SONG FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS is now available at bookstores and online! It only took ten years for this manuscript to become a published book (but that’s for another post, when I don’t have a deadline approaching!).

Additionally, my publisher Tilbury House, offers a 20% discount to educators! But even if you’re not a teacher, I highly recommend checking out this gorgeous book. Carol Heyer‘s illustrations are stunning and something to spend some time with. Here are a couple of samples but the book has so much more–condors, pandas, wallabies, toucans, vaquitas, wolves, deer, toucans, rhinos, nēnē, and owls.  Enjoy!

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I’m Baaack…sort of.

The year 2018 has been a challenging one for me. I’ve had not one, not two, but three family members face serious medical/health issues. Life has tested me, for sure, and I cannot wait for 2019 and the hope for less stressful, happier, healthier times.

That said, my life is settling back to normal now, except for one thing–I had to have hand surgery earlier this month! When I’m all healed, I’ll have a brand new “bionic” thumb! But for now, I’m in a hand splint and typing one-handed (non-dominant hand). It’s a bit frustrating at times (and yes, I’m aware of dictation software–just haven’t found one I like) but despite my temporary disability (“temporary” meaning 6 months), I wanted to share some news.

Simon & Schuster is releasing a Spanish edition of MAMA LOVES YOU SO! The new edition, CUÁNTO MAMÁ TE QUIERE will be released NEXT WEEK, on August 28! Same gorgeous artwork by Simone Shin but translated into Spanish!

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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2017]

Non-writers who are thinking about writing often ask me if children’s writers make much money. Once again, Laura Purdie Salas shares her own personal experience with this. Enjoy!

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Howdy, writers! First, my annual disclaimer:

If you think it’s impolite to talk about finances, skip this article!

Dollar_SignSo, one question aspiring writers often ask is, “Can I make a living at this?” It’s not a matter of greed, but of necessity. So many of dream of making a living doing what we love. But there’s little reliable information out there about what writers make. That’s partly because writer incomes vary so greatly, and partly because writers tend to be private about their incomes. Those doing very well probably don’t want to brag. Those making very little might feel embarrassed. Those of us in the middle might just be adhering to societal norms of not speaking about money. Luckily, I don’t care about societal norms:>)

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Book Release–Play ball!!!

Well, I’m a day late in announcing the release of my latest book, JACK AND JILL AND T-BALL BILL (Random House Step-Into-Reading). It’s not that I’m not thrilled with this adorable easy reader (illustrated by Sue DiCicco). The problem is that for the past few months I’ve been pulled away from my writing because of a family medical emergency (hence, the lack of blog posts, too). So much so that I’ve cleared my schedule through summer’s end. So, lately I’m a bit behind on everything!

BUT…I do want to share here the great news about “T-Ball Bill” as I affectionately call my new book. In case you’re wondering, it’s a rhyming Step 1 (K-1) reader about Bill, a fun-loving dog, who interrupts a t-ball game by stealing the ball for his own game of Keep-Away. It’s only after Jill comes up with a clever solution to outsmart Bill that they get the ball back and the game resumes!

My hope is that dog-loving, t-ball-loving, book-loving young readers will snatch this one up and want to read it again and again, helping them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

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