Choo Choo! A New Board Book is Chugging into Stores Soon

I love it when I get to share a new cover for an upcoming book, especially when it’s a chunky, train-shaped board book for my littlest readers! Wake Up, Freight Train! will be released by Little Simon on March 1, 2022, but it’s available for pre-order now (see below for links). I’m in love with the colorful illustrations by Jon Andersen!

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A “GNU” Book for Kids

I’m excited to share my next picture book releasing March 1, 2o22 by Amicus Ink and available for pre-order now (see below)!

When a box of cell phones is accidentally delivered to the zoo, one blue gnu quickly calls two white sheep, who plan a party—beep beep beep! Call by call, the party spreads around the zoo, but oh no! Who invited the hungry tiger? And who will he call on his new phone? Get ready for this giggle-enticing “gnu” book!

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Sharing the Book Love: Ways to Support your Favorite Authors and Illustrators

I love what I do! Writing books for children is my passion and a dream job come true. Part of an author or illustrator’s job is promoting their books to make sure they get into the hands and minds of little readers. Most creatives don’t have the means to hire professional publicists, so they do what they can. School visits, bookstore signings, blogging, and community events are all great ways to share the book love, but we also rely on good old fashioned word of mouth.

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Best Children’s Books about Birds: My review list on Shepherd

Have you all heard about Shepherd? It’s a beautiful, easy to navigate website dedicated to helping adult readers and parents of littles find great books on every subject imaginable. The site is set up in categories with shelves of similar books accompanied by reviews and recommendations from authors who know a thing or two about the subject. It’s “like browsing the best bookstore in the world.”

My Review List

As a bird and nature lover as well as the author of children’s book, The Hawk of the Castle, I am happy to have contributed to Shepherd with my book review list, The Best Children’s Books about Birds. Head on over to my shelf to see the fabulous kid’s books on bird’s I recommend for children of all ages (and why).

More About Shepherd

This is a new-ish site. The folks at Shepherd launched on April 19, 2021. They are hard at work adding many new features including “search” and “topic pages.” You can read all about their mission and progress here. And if you are an author looking to meet more readers and sell more books, check out Shepherd’s Author Program.

Thanks and happy reading!

Book Crew 2022 Launch Team: Cue the Confetti

If there is one thing I’ve learned in my 20 plus years of writing books for kids, is that the community of children’s book writers, illustrators, and creators are wonderfully supportive. We share the ups and downs of this rewarding and yes, difficult at times, business with one another and I feel blessed to have made many life-long friends along the way.

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Celebrate Picture Books: National Reading Month

Celebrate Picture Books reviewed The Hawk of the Castle for National Reading Month! Fly on over to the blog post for an in-depth look at this beautiful picture book illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Plus, test your knowledge on falconry with the activity guides and coloring pages.

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The Story Behind the Story: The Hawk of the Castle

Recently, The Hawk of the Castle was featured on The Story Behind the Story on Literally Lynne Marie‘s blog. Many of you know my father was a falconer, but not many know of my unusual childhood filled with a menagerie of animals. My upbringing, in hindsight, filled my writer’s mind with bits of nesting scraps to later weave into stories. Learn all about why I wrote this beautiful book (as my father battled dementia), and how it came to be by clicking on the link above or the book page below.

Little Golden Book Love

“Joining the Little Golden Book family of authors and illustrators is a dream come true!”

Most of us can remember growing up with Little Golden Books, the little gems that captured our hearts at the store while our parents shopped. Books like The Poky Little PuppyScuffy the Tugboat and my favorite, Wonders of Nature, caught our attention with their distinctive gold foil spines, colorful illustrations, and exciting adventures. I remember scribbling my name in many Little Golden Books throughout my childhood. These little books were like friends.

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Merry Christmas: Peace, Love, and Books!

Isolation at home for nearly nine months hasn’t been as difficult for me as it has been for some. I’ve worked from home for more than 20 years, so I’m used to spending the majority of my time at my desk with my dog, Peanut, creating new books (with walking breaks in between verses, prose, and page). Sure, I have missed things like sharing my books with children, attending writing conferences and signings, the yoga studio, and spending time with friends and family. And my grown kids, I really miss my kids! But there have been some bright spots to 2020 too:

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