Another poem out in the wild!

Hi Everyone! Hope you are having a fabulous week! I know I’ve had a lot to share lately, but sometimes things work out that way, I guess. 🙂

This week, I’m excited to share that one of my poems, “LEMONS!” is featured in the current issue of Countdown, a magazine for 7 to 9 year olds from Australia! (Sadly, there are very few magazines in the U.S. that print children’s poetry, so we poets have to sometimes travel across the globe to get our poems out in the world!) Countdown is just one of the many wonderful publications put out by The School Magazine. Check out their website here.

Thanks so much, as always, for reading this far… and for your constant support. xoxo

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