Fall Catalogue Arrived!

A lovely birthday present for me this year was Pelican Publishing’s fall catalogue! I was excited to find my new book–What’s Up With this Chicken?–along with bios and photos of the illustrator, Peter Welling, and moi:  http://www.pelicanpub.com/proddetail.php?prod=9781455620852#.VVYNR9rBzRY Isn’t the publisher’s logo adorable?!

Best Children’s Books of All Time

A BBC poll of critics from around the world resulted in 21 favorites. # 1….drum roll? Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. Roald Dahl has 2 books on this group of faves. Here is the complete list:   Charlotte’s Web – EB White The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis Where the Wild… Read more »

My Next Book is on Amazon!!

I’m psyched! My next book (due out September 15th) is up on Amazon…with the cover, a description and author and illustrator info. Here’s the link: What’s Up with This Chicken Jane Sutton, Peter Welling 9781455620852 Amazon.com Books  

New Class Starting Up

For anyone who lives within a reasonable drive of Lexington, MA: a new session of a community ed class I teach on writing for children will resume on Tuesday evening, April 14th. We always get a congenial group of writers working in a variety of genres and discuss issues like plot arc, character development, and… Read more »

Of course…

…every week should be Children’s Book Week, in my opinion. But here’s this year’s charming poster, designed by Grace Lee:

More From the Master!

I was so pleased, and I’m sure readers around the world will be pleased, to read that more Dr. Seuss manuscripts have been discovered! The first one, which the publisher (Random House) estimates was written between 1958 and 1962, is due out in July!!!!

Could Use Some Help!

After getting 3 feet of snow in the last 10 days and more predicted tomorrow, we could use some help from the “Abbey Snowed” crew…


I am NOT a fan of winter… I admit that our backyard looks dramatic in a snowstorm, as you can see from my husband’s photo below. And I suppose being stuck inside is conducive to writing…                 But I’d much rather be looking out at (or rather, standing next… Read more »


Two mornings ago our outside thermometer looked like this: