Inside The Magic of Making Picture Books!

Most people who aren’t in the business of making picture books are shocked to learn that the author and illustrator rarely (if ever!) speak to each other while working on a book. Today on the Writer’s Rumpus blog, I share my experiences making books w/ illustrators Kate Kronreif (BRAINSTORM!) and Mariona Cabassa (WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW) and how I believe it is this arms-length collaboration that creates that intangible magic we find in children’s books. I hope you enjoy!


I was so honored to be a part of author Tara Lazar’s FABULOUS Storystorm challenge this year! For those unaware, every day for the month of January, guest bloggers join Tara in bringing writers inspiration, tips, and exercises for igniting new story ideas. The challenge is to come up with at least one idea for every day of the month!

This is my 7th year participating in Storystorm as a writer and my FIRST time guest blogging (Kind of a bucket list item for me!) so it was very exciting. Read my post here:

Storystorm 2023 Day 15: Rebecca Gardyn Levington Has Playdates with Words

Taking Time Away To JUST WRITE

Things have been busy in my world lately with all the promotion of BRAINSTORM! and the upcoming release of WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, not to mention several more books in various states of negotiation and contract prep. It’s ALL the wonderful kind of “busy,” but it has left me with little time to do what I love the most: WRITE! So, thanks to my fabulously supportive husband, I was able to carve out 3 1/2 days in an isolated cabin up in the woods at the Highlights Foundation campus in PA. I spent the entire time writing new drafts, revising old drafts, journaling/thinking about new stories, reading and eating (the food there is phenomenal and the best part is I don’t have to cook any of it!) I wrote a poem while I was up there, so sharing it with you here. This pretty much sums it up: