Here I Go Again…Thinking Outside the Box!

Today over at Picture Book Builders, picture book writer extraordinaire Jill Esbaum shared an interview with yours truly. Jill is starting a new blog series this year, OUTSIDE THE BOX. She’ll be interviewing picture book authors who have taken a detour or two along their writing journey, to show how we often branch into other formats as part of our career journeys. I’m really looking forward to the series!

Check it out HERE!


Book Giveaway: A YEAR OF EVERYDAY WONDERS by Cheryl Klein

This looks like a lovely picture book that celebrates everyday occassions a child might experience. So important, especially in these times, to stop and appreciate simple pleasures.

Writing and Illustrating


From first haircut to first ice-cream cone, each year brings a new cycle of experiences

With each new year come countless little wonders. From the highs—first snowfall, first new umbrella, first beach trip—to the lows—first missed bus, first lost umbrella, first sunburn—every year older means another cycle of everyday experiences.
In their clever, playful, observant picture book, acclaimed author Cheryl B. Klein and illustrator Qin Leng explore many truths of childhood through a calendar year of small moments that, all together, comprise what it is to be a kid.


A Year of Everyday Wonders came out of my brain.

“Well, duh,” you say. “ALL books come from writers’ brains. What other body part would they come from?”

(Don’t answer that. Especially if you’re a second-grade boy.)

But no, this one really came out of my brain — or more precisely, the way my brain works, the…

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12 Months of Books Challenge!

Check this out– Children’s author Tamara Girardi has put together a challenge for folks to preorder children’s books (meaning, ordering them before their release date). The “challenge” is to preorder one book a month from the list or request a public library to use the list to order books.

Why participate? A couple of good reasons–

First, you would be supporting your favorite authors in a big way. You might not know this (I was surprised when I first learned it), but a book’s pre-order sales has a big impact on the future of their book. If a book does poorly, it might not last long on the shelves (AKA, go out of print), and you might not see another book from that author at that publishing house. So, preorder sales are a terrific way to support your favorite authors.

Second, how fun is it to preorder a book and then go about your life, maybe even forgetting about it. Then one day, a book is delivered to you! Oh my! What a delightful surprise!

Third, you could do some advanced shopping for birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc. for the kids in your life. No last minute scrambling to buy a gift!

That’s not enough? Okay, one more. At the end of the year, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card!

Just read and follow the guidelines HERE. Oh, and if you’re wondering what I get out of this, my next book, EAT UP, BEAR! (Yosemite Conservancy) is listed in the April releases.


Book Giveaway: H IS FOR HONEY BEE by Robbyn Smith

A beautiful book about this tiny but powerful part of the ecosystem.

Writing and Illustrating

Robbyn Smith has written a new picture book, H IS FOR HONEY BEE, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen and publish by Sleeping Bear Press. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Robbyn and Eileen.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra…

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Books to cuddle, snuggle, and hug by

More books to snuggle with your little ones!

Mom Read It

This is a tough time of year we’re going into. We want to hug people that we can’t. We want to see people in person, not through a device screen. We’ll get there. Until then, we have books to share with those we love. Let these snuggly books do the talking when your arms can’t; if you are lucky enough to have snuggly folx within your quarantine circle, then enjoy these books together.

You Are a Beautiful Beginning, by Nina Laden/Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley,
(Aug. 2020, Roaring Brook Press), $18.99, ISBN: 9781250311832
Ages 3-6

If little ones ever needed inspiration and to hear about their incredible potential, this is the time. You Are a Beautiful Beginning is all about potential, with encouraging, rhyming phrases that are just what we all need to hear to keep us going: “It is not the number of pages. / It is the story…

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LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS, and so can Novelty Books (plus a giveaway)

Today, LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS is featured on Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them. And we’re doing a book giveaway!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

I have always loved novelty books—they are proof that big things come in small packages! With their brief yet powerful words, adorable pictures, and clever format, they are the book equivalent of a “fun size” candy bar. I’ve even tried to write a couple, but who knows if they’ll ever be published? I’m no Salina Yoon!

Today, author Terry Pierce tells us about her newest novelty book, illustrated by Suzy Ultman, and how it came to be.

Terry, I’ve often heard it’s extremely difficult to get a novelty book deal if you’re an author-only (and not an author-illustrator). Please tell us now that’s bunkum!

Oh, Tara, I wish I could tell you that’s bunkum, but I honestly have to say that LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS (as a novelty book) was an extremely happy accident. It began as a picture book, strangely, born out of politics. After the…

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More Board Books!

I’m so happy to see LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS reviewed on Mom Read It, today with a great collection of board books for babies and toddlers!

Mom Read It

I’m sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days, but this year has been… a lot. But I’m back and ready to bring you some of the cutest board books in my TBR. I know I gush about board books a lot, but they are just adorable, and they’ve grown so much over the last few years. They look at concepts in new ways and have gone beyond the basic “ABCs/123s” to give real storytelling fun for our youngest learners. Let’s see the ones I’ve got here.

My Big Family, by Jeffrey Turner, (Aug. 2020, Schiffer Publishing), $9.99, ISBN: 9780764360053

Ages 0-3

Meet Doodle, the Science Poodle, as she introduces her big, blended family to readers! Family members include one aardvark, eight llamas, nine elephants, and a bunch more. Bright, colorful digital illustrations and giant numbers let readers count each of the animals in Doodle’s family. A note about…

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