Lovely Literacy Night

To be alliterative about it, Brown Elementary School in Somerville, MA had a lovely Literacy Night on January 24th–guest readers (including the mayor of Somerville), authors and illustrators, excited children, obviously dedicated teachers, enthusiastic parents…I had a great time reading my story about Mortimer the koala–who thinks eating cauliflower brings him bad luck the next… Read more »

My (Temporarily) New Ride

I had a whole bunch of appearances for my promotional blitz for ESTHER’S HANUKKAH DISASTER. Most of the time I traveled in a Toyota Corolla. But for my reading at at the Virginia Beach Jewish Community Center, I was picked up at the Norfolk Airport by a Cadillac stretch limo! It was so big I could have used… Read more »

Writing With Stealth

I thought I posted this a month ago but apparently forgot to hit “publish.” So…here’s my delayed reaction to getting the chance to share my words of wisdom on Cynthia Leitch Smith’s blog… Working on my guest post, “Writing With Stealth,” for the aptly named Cynsations blog really made me think: it inspired me to… Read more »

Happy Coincidence

A large turkey balloon, which I name and claim friendship with, has become a fun and ludicrous part of our Thanksgiving tradition. (Hey, I never claimed to be mature.) This year, when my daughter, Becky, went to buy me said balloon, she found this PURPLE GORILLA that looks remarkably like the protagonist in my Hanukkah… Read more »

Winding Down

With the once-in-a-lifetime co-occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, I’ve been spinning around like a dreidel getting the word out about Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster. Things are winding down along with the Hanukkah candles, but I thought I’d mention, with a bittersweet sigh, 3 of the last few appearances. Maybe I’ll see you at one of them!… Read more »

11/30/13: Busy Day for Esther the Purple Gorilla!

Next 2 Stops for me and Esther the purple gorilla, as we continue our Thanksgivukkah Blitz in the Boston area: HARVARD COOP November 30th, 11 AM, Story Hour and Crafts                                                                …Then at 2-4 PM, Esther and I will be with author of Arturo and the Navidad Birds ANNE BROYLES (see, at Discover… Read more »

The Whole Megillah

Barbara Krasner interviewed both me and the illustrator of Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster on her blog, The Whole Megillah. As a result, I got the chance to learn a lot more about Andy Rowland, the wonderful British illustrator who brought my story to life!

Heading For Hanukkah Hootenany

Sunday, November 24th, from 12-2 PM, I’ll be at the Temple Shalom HANUKKAH HOOTENANY in Medford, MA watching the unicyclist & other entertainers, eating some latkes, and signing my new Hanukkah picture book. hootenany

Going to Sunday School

I’m looking forward to going to Sunday school on November 17th, at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street, Concord, MA… 10:45AM – 11:45AM Here’s the listing on Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster will provide the basis for this program.  Jane will read her book, lead a game and families will be able to participate in a craft… Read more »

Not Just in Bookstores…

I am so grateful to Allure Salon in Arlington, for not only making me look gorgeous, but for selling my books during the holidays!