If you haven’t yet heard of PaperBound Magazine, please do yourself a favor and check it out. It is a fabulous FREE online publication for kids ages 11-18 with tons of great stories, poems, interviews, and so much more. I am honored to have my poem, “IS ANYONE OUT THERE?” featured in the fall “Curiosity” issue!
I can’t tell you how THRILLED I am to finally be able to scream from the rooftops about my next picture book deal! This has been in the works since last December! I’m so excited to announce that FINDING FORGIVENESS: A ROSH HASHANAH STORY with words by me and gorgeous art by Diana Mayo will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillin in the fall of 2025! AND, not only that, but this was part of a 2-book deal, which means that I have another book with the same publisher coming as well! (Mum is still the word on those details, but I’ll let you know more as soon as I’m allowed!)
What a fantastic day at The Warwick Children’s Book Festival in BEAUTIFUL Warwick, NY on Oct. 7! Once again, I had so much fun connecting & reconnecting with author friends and sharing my books with young readers! Thank you to the incredible staff and volunteers! I’m blown away with how well-run this event was. Can’t wait to attend again next year!
How excited was I to see that the Publisher’s Weekly Children’s Bookshelf decided to highlight a picture of me and fellow author friends Diana Murray and Suzy Levinson at the Rye Children’s Book Festival on Sept. 23rd! (Spoiler: SUPER excited!)
On Sunday, Oct. 1, I had the absolute best time sharing my books at the Maplewood/South Orange Children’s Book Festival in Maplewood, NJ! The place was HOPPING with so many kids, parents, teachers, editors, and of course, other amazing children’s book authors! It was a great day all around, but my favorite part was when not one, not two, but THREE kids who go to one of the local schools ran up to my table and said: “You came to my school!” (I’d done an author visit at Tuscan Elementary in Maplewood last spring!). I suppose you can say I’m ALMOST famous?!
I don’t know what its like in your neck of the woods, but here in the Northeast, the fall brings with it gorgeous trees of all colors, scary Halloween decor, and a TON of children’s book festivals! (How lucky are WE?!)
So on Sept. 23rd, I had the great opportunity to join with 100+ fellow children’s book authors to mix and mingle with kids and their grown-ups at the Rye Children’s Book Festival at the Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye, NY! I had a blast sharing BRAINSTORM!, WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW, and PASE LO QUE PASE MAÑANA, and even giving folks a sneak peak at AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And-Seek Adventure (which comes out February 13th!)
How cool is THIS!? I just learned that WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW was chosen as the inspiration for the Miami-Dade County (Florida) Department of Cultural Affairs’ 2024 All Kids Included Family Arts Festival district-wide student visual art competition! Students in grades pre-K through 12 will be submitting their art around the theme “Celebrating Inclusion, Inner-strength, and Resillence” inspired by WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW.