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…

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…

Rain is good for trees and good for writing

A young girl in an old tree–my Bea up in one of the magnificent trees to be found close to us on the Olympic Peninsula!  Imagine the rain that this sinuous tree has sipped and gulped over the two or three hundred years.  I hope to do the same with the endless winter rain (while…