SO cool! I received a GoogleAlert last night saying that Sherry Hess, a librarian from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library chose WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW as her “Book of the Week” and highlighted it on the local news! You can watch the TV segment here!
Maybe it sounds cheesy, but there’s just something so incredible about seeing a piece of art you created out in the world, being appreciated by others and maybe (hopefully) doing some good.
IT’S COVER REVEAL DAY! I totally wasn’t expecting to be able to do this so soon, but I got the green light from my publisher, so… TADA! My next picture book will be AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And Seek Adventure, illustrated by the fantastic Noa Kelner! It will be arriving on bookshelves 2/13/24 from Penguin Random House/Rocky Pond!
Think Where’s Waldo meets The Gingerbread Man! It’s a fast paced hide-and-seek romp (in rhyme, naturally!), starring a sneaky piece of matzah on the run and a group of kids who will not quit until he’s brought back to the seder table! Readers get in on the action by trying to find Afikoman hidden on each page.
I’ve been a member of the 12×12 Challenge Writing Community for 7 years. It is a fantastic and HUGE group of picture books writers who aim to write 12 picture book manuscripts in 12 months, but it is FAR more than that for me (In fact, I have NEVER once come close to writing that much in a year!) But the group has been my family since I started on this journey, offering help and support 24/7. So it was an honor to be selected as this month’s Featured Author! You can read my blog post HERE: https://tinyurl.com/7nm92784 where I chat about how a small shift in attitude really changed everything for my career.
If you can’t stop the rain, join it, amiright?! Once again, BRAINSTORM hat for the win! What a fabulous (albeit wet!) day at the Westchester Children’s Book Festival for Young Readers! I loved seeing so many fellow author friends and chatting with kids about my books! Amazed at the turnout given that it poured ALL. DAY. LONG! Those Westchester people obviously LOVE their books (and we love them!)!
Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m terrified of public speaking. When I became an author I had ZERO intention of doing school visits because of this fear. But I have been working hard lately to push myself to do things that scare me, so when I was asked to share BRAINSTORM! with the almost 200 Kindergarten and PreK students at Wilson Primary Center in Summit, NJ, I decided to go for it! (GULP!)
And it was FANTASTIC! I read BRAINSTORM!, signed books, and gave the kids some fun tips and tricks for coming up with new ideas to play with when making their own stories. I was definitely nervous, but the kids were so adorable and engaged and made me feel like a superstar! I’m so glad I’ve finally conquered this fear and can’t wait to do it again. Thanks, Wilson Primary!
There’s nothing better than receiving unexpected Google Alerts in my email box! Especially when they lead to beautiful reviews of my books like this one for WHATEVER COMES TOMORROW from the Youth Services Book Review, a group of librarians in Massachusetts. So grateful they love the book! Read the full review here.
Let’s Celebrate Passover! I’ll be reading my new book, AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And-Seek Adventure and discussing with kids why this holiday means so much to me! Most appropriate for ages 4-9. REGISTER HERE!
Let’s Celebrate Passover! I’ll be reading my new book, AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? A Passover Hide-And-Seek Adventure and discussing with kids why this holiday means so much to me! Most appropriate for ages 4-9.
THURS JUNE 27, 2024 – TUES JULY 2, 2024
(Exact date/time TBD) 2024 American Library Association Annual Conference San Diego, CA
I’ll be presenting on the panel: “The Power of Children’s Poetry in the Classroom and the Community,” with fellow poets/authors Margarita Engle, Chris Baron, Janet Wong, and Katey Howes