Hi Everyone! Today’s poem-a-day challenge word was “pollen,” which I found to be extremely challenging. There are VERY few words rhyme with pollen! This was a tough one. But I was grateful for the challenge because, to me, creating a poem is like working on a brain puzzle and playing with words is one of my most favorite things to do. I also enjoyed this one because the word “pollen” didn’t automatically make me think of all things coronavirus, and honestly, I was ready for a break from it. I can’t guarantee I won’t go back there (as I have no idea what words lie ahead of me!) but it was nice, for a moment, to think of happy, simpler things, like a little girl’s first crush. Please enjoy…
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2023
12×12 Book Chat!
FREE webinar! Open to anyone!
Virtual interview with Julie Hedlund, founder of the 12×12 Writing Challenge. I’ll be reading my book, WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, and answering questions about the making of the book and my writing journey. Register here!
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2023
Westchester Children’s Book Festival for Young Readers
Mohawk Day Camp
200 Old Tarrytown Rd., White Plains, NY
30+ Authors/Book Signings
Family Activities & Crafts!
Perfect for young readers 2-8!
Past Interviews & Appearances:
- Whatever Comes Tomorrow Book Birthday Celebration at the Summit Free Public Library! Shared the book and made Mayan “worry dolls” with the kids (March 11, 2023)
- Vicinity Magazine (March 2023 issue), p.6
- Interview on Barefoot Book’s Website about Whatever Comes Tomorrow
- Interview and Review on Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday (March 10, 2023)
- Interview on Picture Book Builders with Jill Esbaum (March 7, 2023)
- Interview on Jena Benton’s Simply 7 blog (March 2, 2023)
- Interview on Andrew Hacket’s The Backstory (Feb. 23, 2023)
- TV interview with Rocco Staino on the LIVE! Publisher Spotlight Spring 2023 KidLit Showcase! Interview is at the 25 min mark. (Feb. 7, 2023)
- Guest post on The Writer’s Rumpus about how working at arms-length with illustrators creates KidLit MAGIC! (Jan. 27, 2023)
- Guest post on Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM 2023, Day 15 (Jan. 15, 2023)
- Poet Feature on The Dirigible Balloon, an online children’s poetry web-zine, Jan. 1, 2023
- Interview on Ellen Leventhal’s blog, Jan. 1, 2023
- Interview with the Summit, NJ Patch (Dec. 13, 2022)
- NJ Association of School Librarians Conference, Atlantic City, NJ. Dec. 4-5, 2022
- WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW Cover Reveal on author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog.
- BRAINSTORM! on Sara Kruger’s “First Lines” blog. I discuss how I came up with the first line of the book. (Nov. 2022)
- Author’s Day at Chester Public Library (Nov. 5, 2022)
- Summit Free Public Library BRAINSTORM! event (Oct. 22, 2022)
- West Jersey Reading Council Fall Conference (Oct. 19, 2022)
- Maplewood/South Orange Book Festival, Maplewood, NJ (10/2/22)
- Rye Children’s Book Festival, Rye, NY (10/1/22)
- Story time & Signing at Indigo Books, Short Hills (9/24/22)
- Interview with Rochelle Melander on Tales for The Mighty Writer
- Interview with fellow KidLit Caravan authors on Cynsations
- Interview on Andrew Hackett’s The Backstory
- Review from Dianne White on ReaderKidz.com
- Interview on Picture Book Spotlight
- Interview on Writer’s Rumpus
- Interview on Susanna Hill’s Tuesday Debut
- Interview with Jena Benton on her “Simply 7” blog
- Interview with fellow KidLit Caravan authors on The Picture Book Buzz with Maria C. Marshall
- Interview with illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, along with BRAINSTORM!’s illustrator Kate Kronreif
- Interview on the KidLit Creatives blog
- Interview on the Picturebooking Podcast with Nick Patton
- BRAINSTORM! on Picture Book Builders with Jill Esbaum
- BRAINSTORM! on Writing & Illustrating with Kathy Temean
- BRAINSTORM! on #FirstDraftFriday, Hollie Wolverton’s Blog
- Cover reveal for BRAINSTORM! on author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog.
- BRAINSTORM! and KidLit Caravan featured on Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).
- Watch me read my poem, “Our Walk To School,” from the award-winning children’s poetry anthology: Hop To It: Poems To Get You Moving (Pomelo Books, 2020) on Michelle Schaub’s blog, Poetry Boost: Using Poetry to Boost Literacy.
- Watch the mini-movie of my poem, “Our Walk To School,” on Sylvia Vardell’s blog, Poetry for Children.
Awards & Accolades
- Chosen as one of 20 picture book authors (out of 120!) to attend the PJ Library Picture Book Summer Camp for Emerging Jewish Authors at the Highlights Foundation
- Winner of the 2021 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for my poem, “Lemons!”
- “Elite 8” Finalist (out of 64 children’s poets!) in the Madness!Poetry Tournament, 2021
- Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords contest, 2021
- Second Place, Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers, 2020
- First Place, Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest for Children’s Writers, 2019
- #PBChat Mentee, chosen by Lori Degman, 2019
- #PBParty Finalist, 2019
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