My poem “The Coolest Ghoul In School” was published in the Autumn 2021 issue of The Caterpillar

I know, I know, TWO posts in ONE week?! What is HAPPENING?! Well, all I can say is, sometimes good news comes in spurts!

So, I just received my author copies of The Caterpillar, an amazing magazine for children ages 7 to 11 that is chock full of poetry, art, and stories, and I had to share with you all. They have a bit of a creepy Halloween theme for this issue and so I was excited when the editors let me know they’d be including my poem, “The Coolest Ghoul in School.”

Check out more about The Caterpillar here.

Now, some of you may be thinking: “Hmm… Rebecca, that poem seems kinda familiar… haven’t I read it before?” If so, you are correct! I originally wrote this poem for a writing contest I entered last Fall (which, by the way, I didn’t win). BUT, it just goes to show you that even if one thing doesn’t work out, you just never know what other opportunities may be just around the corner, amiright?

Others of you may be thinking: “That girl next to your poem looks NOTHING like your description of Zoolie O’Toole.” If so, you are ALSO correct. But, I have no input into illustrations. I’m just a word girl! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading. Hope you all are having an amazing week!

All the best,

Rebecca

My 2nd book deal, with HarperCollins, is officially “official!”

Hey Everyone! I am SO excited to announce my second book deal! My next picture book, called “I WILL ALWAYS BE…” will be published by HarperCollins in spring 2024, just in time for graduation season! See the announcement in Publisher’s Weekly below…

“This rhyming picture book encourages kids to always celebrate their passions — whether or not they ever make it to Broadway or the big leagues — because doing what you love and loving what you do is what really matters.”

I’ve had to keep this news hush-hush since FEBRUARY and, oh man, it’s been so hard to keep this secret! But, finally, last week the announcement came out in Publisher’s Weekly, which means I’m allowed to SCREAM IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!

I’m especially excited because one of my favorite illustrators, Rahele Jomepour Bell has agreed to illustrate. If you’d like to see more of her work, check out her website here. (She’s amazing!)

(My apologies to those who have already seen me post about this on social media last week. I meant to post it here on the blog as well, but totally forgot! So posting it now).

Lots more news coming soon! Thanks, as always, for your support!! xoxo

Ahh… I just returned from an incredible writing retreat…

Hello Friends! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last poked my head in. It was a whirlwind end of summer, with lots of fun with the fam, but not tons of writing time. With the kids finally back in school and things going back to a more “normal” routine (although, not quite “normal” given the state of the world… maybe “normal”-er) I couldn’t wait to have some focused BIC time (For those who aren’t writers, BIC stands for “Butt In Chair” and it’s the only way to get anything done!)

So, thanks to my INCREDIBLE husband, who agreed to hold down the fort, I was able to get away for FOUR DAYS at the gorgeous Highlights Foundation Retreat Center in Millanville, PA, where all I did was stare out my window at the lush trees and listen to the bugs, birds and whispering breeze, while I wrote — all day long. On breaks, I spent time eating delicious homemade food (which I didn’t have to make!) and taking long walks with friends and fellow children’s book authors and illustrators. Truly heaven on earth.

And, of course, I wrote a poem about it (how could I not?)… Please enjoy… and scroll down for more pics as well.

Thank you, as always, for your support and following my journey. It means so much.

All the best,

Rebecca

My debut picture book, BRAINSTORM!, was announced this week in Publisher’s Weekly!

It was very exciting to see the announcement of my debut picture book in Publisher’s Weekly this week. While it’s “old news” to me (I signed the contract in Fall 2020), having the “official” announcement makes it feel so much more real. I also received the very first rough sketches from the illustrator, Kate Kronreif, and she is beginning to bring my story to life so beautifully. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING!! Thanks to all of you for always having my back. More news to come soon! xoxo

I made it to the “Elite 8” of the Madness!Poetry Tournament! WHOOHOO!

Hey Friends!

What a roller-coaster I’ve been on this month! This Madness poetry tournament is NO JOKE! Fun, yes, but the pressure to produce (and produce, and produce) only gets stronger with each round.

BUT, I’m happy to report that I’m still in it ! I am among only 8 Authletes left (If you recall, the competition started with 64!). I honestly never expected to make it past the first round, so the whole thing is pretty surreal!

My competitor this round, Lisa Varchol Perron, is probably one of the most talented poets I know (and she happens to be part of my poetry critique group, as well as super kind and generous human) so this round is particularly tough. She is a fierce competitor, and I am honored to have my work read alongside her’s — no matter what the outcome.

I’d love it if you took a minute to read our poems and cast your vote! Here’s the link.

Thank you again for continuing to read my stuff and for all your support and love!

All the best,

Rebecca

I made it to the “Sweet 16” in the Madness!Poetry tournament!

Hey Everyone! Thank you to everyone who supported the amazing children’s poets in the Madness!Poetry tournament last round (So much fun, right?!) I’m happy to report that I won my last match-up and have moved on to the “Sweet 16”! Whew, it’s been a ROUGH 36 hours, but my poem is now up and voting has begun for this round. If you have a chance, please go check out the amazing poems (they just keep getting better and better!) and vote for your favorites. Here’s the link to my match-up.

Thanks again for all your support of me, my writing, and for helping bring poetry into kids lives via this awesome tournament! You are the best! xoxo

I’m still in it! Madness!Poetry ROUND 2!

What a whirlwind it’s been being a part of the Madness!Poetry tournament for children’s poets, but SO much fun!

Exciting news: I made it to ROUND 2! My word this time was “ARCANE,” which I’ll admit, stumped me for a bit. I kept getting it mixed up with “archaic.” As it turns out, my opponent and I both ended up writing poems about math! What are the ODDS?!

I would love it if you would take a minute to read my poem (posted below) and if –and only if!– you like it, please vote! Voting for this round ends TOMORROW (Tuesday 5/18) at 7pm EST!

If you have any extra time, poke around and look at some of the other match-ups. These poets are truly amazing!

Thanks, as always, for your support! It means so much. xoxo

All the best,

Rebecca