Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: TRUCKER AND TRAIN

There was never any doubt that a a book called TRUCKER AND TRAIN would end up a Preschooler-Approved Picture Book. If there’s one thing my kid loves more than trains, it’s trucks. But, Hannah Stark’s wonderful debut (illustrated by Bob Kolar) goes well beyond its kid-friendly premise to create something magical. TRUCKER AND TRAIN arrivesContinue reading “Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: TRUCKER AND TRAIN”

Kids’ Summer Read: THE BROKEN BEES’ NEST

This week, we’re taking a break from our Preschooler-Approved Picture Book series to bring you a perfect read for school-aged kids (and just in time for summer!): THE BROKEN BEES’ NEST by Lydia Lukidis (illustrated by Andre Ceolin). As always, let’s start with a summary of the story: Arun and Keya find the perfect tree forContinue reading “Kids’ Summer Read: THE BROKEN BEES’ NEST”

Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: A FATHER’S LOVE

It’s time for another installment of Preschooler-Approved Picture Books! Today, I’m excited to share Hannah Holt’s wonderful A FATHER’S LOVE (illustrated by Yee Von Chan). This heartwarming picture book is great for Father’s Day, and my preschooler can’t get enough of it. Let’s start with a quick synopsis of the book: Throughout the animal kingdom,Continue reading “Preschooler-Approved Picture Book: A FATHER’S LOVE”


Today, I’m THRILLED to feature my first “Preschooler-Approved Picture Book” review. And, there’s no better book to start with than Elaine Kiely Kearns’ debut, NOAH NOASAURUS (illustrated by Colin Jack), which will be published on April 1st (no fooling!) by Albert Whitman Company. Elaine is graciously giving away a SIGNED copy of NOAH NOASAURUS to one luckyContinue reading “Review and GIVEAWAY: NOAH NOASAURUS”

9 Publishers Accepting Unagented Picture Book Submissions

Whether or not to seek agent representation is one of the biggest decisions in an author’s career. If you find yourself unagented by choice or by circumstance, however, finding publishers who accept unagented submissions is critical. While odds may be long in the slush pile, they’re better than no odds at all. Here are nineContinue reading “9 Publishers Accepting Unagented Picture Book Submissions”

Kondo-ing My Writing Word-by-Word

As previous blog posts attest, I relish a Netflix binge. And, last month, Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up was quite bingeable. For those unacquainted, the show–based on Kondo’s bestselling book–helps clutter-prone Americans free themselves from unneeded possessions. The foundation of Kondo’s method is to keep only items that “spark joy.” As a lover of decluttering, thisContinue reading “Kondo-ing My Writing Word-by-Word”

Writing: The Joy and Self-Doubt

I remember when writing was pure joy. I was nine. I wrote poems. They were short. They were about small things that captivated me. I thought they were lovely. I still think they’re lovely. I got older. A niggling question entered my brain: was any of it good? Writing was still a joy. But thatContinue reading “Writing: The Joy and Self-Doubt”

Critique (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Feedback)

Critique. Depending on where you are in your writing journey that word might inspire fear or excitement–or both! For a long time, I was terrified of critique, and I kept my work cocooned in my Google docs where prying eyes couldn’t reach it. Part of me knew I was stunting my growth as a writerContinue reading “Critique (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Feedback)”

7 Essential Resources for New KidLit Writers

When I wanted to start writing children’s books, I didn’t know much about it except that I loved the books I read to my son. When I decided to take the leap to actually start writing books, I found some amazing resources to help guide my path. If you’re brand-new to kidlit (or thinking aboutContinue reading “7 Essential Resources for New KidLit Writers”