Our Favorite Books for Winter

Weather drops, wood stove crackles, candles flicker, and it’s time for one my favorite winter traditions: hours of reading.  Our winter library returns in a cardboard box from the garage; we unpack each book lovingly, hunker down facing the fire, and read. I begin with a personal favorite of mine: Dylan Thomas’ A Christmas in Wales.…

A Book Contract. . .but meanwhile, Peter

Lately I’ve been poring over a contract for my new picture book, Reading Beauty, which should arrive next year!  It’s an exciting process.  I hope to share more with you soon! Meanwhile, let’s talk about London in June, and the way we meandered through Kensington Gardens at twilight to find Peter Pan surrounded by fairies: Wendy kneels…

Mr. Mosop’s Kukus

I just opened this month’s beautiful copy of Spider Magazine to find my story, “Mr. Mosop’s Kukus” accompanied by Mikela Prevost‘s beautiful illustrations. I wrote the first draft of the story about my two youngest daughters and our lovely neighbor, whose beloved chicken Pepper (buddy to white hen and friend, Salt) met his sad fate at the teeth…

A Day at Liberty Bay

It’s here-with beautiful illustrations by Isabel Roxas (visit her website here).  Ladybug has over 60,000 subscribers-with library distribution as well as individual readers, I am guessing about 100,000 children and adults around the country and world will enjoy our beautiful Liberty Bay this month! Order copies here.  Contact me for readings-I love to share my…

Workshops and Readings

I love few things better than sharing my love of stories, poems, and the music of words with children. In the past few years, I have had the privilege of visiting elementary schools, armed with my Story Bag, a drum, my favorite poems, and yes– a puppet or two.  Often, I send ahead one or two…

Writing Retreat

This past week, we climbed in the car and headed through widely varying landscape to Spokane, WA.  Martin had a conference but I had a writing retreat with my dear friend and wonderful fellow writer, Lindsay Joss-Iudicello! We also ate a lot of good food, since Spokane has a wide variety of delicious options.  Martin…