Heading for Virginia Beach!

If you know anyone who lives near Virginia Beach, tell ’em to stop by and see me at the Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival! Sunday, November 3rd, 1:00 PM I’ll be reading my new picture book, Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster, leading games matching stuffed animals to silly gifts, and answering questions about the… Read more »

Esther the Video Star

I was already excited when my publisher’s publicity coordinator alerted me that a new blog post and interview I did is up on their blog: <http://karbenbooks.blogspot.com/> …but then she said they made a video book trailer, available on YouTube!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw6N0NhHsZw With articles, interviews, posts (more in the works), and now a video, I’m thinking a… Read more »

Ready for Halloween

Just because my children (you know who you are!) had the nerve to grow up and move out  doesn’t mean I can’t make my Halloween buddy. Said buddy used to have a pumpkin head, but several years ago, nervy squirrels started gnawing the pumpkin buddy’s head, rendering my personification of Halloween fun, rather gruesome. Hence,… Read more »

Ad-dressing Book Recycling: So cool!

I knew it…books never die! I read an article in my local paper about an exhibit at the Drift Contemporary Art Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. When I saw one of the exhibit highlights–a recycled-Golden-books gown, I had to find it on the artist’s site: http://www.ryanjudenovelline.com/golden-book-gown/

Win Free Books on Goodreads!

I’m trying something new and kind of exciting…Starting Sunday, October 6, Goodreads members can enter to win a paperback copy of my new picture book, Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster. It sounds like a fun program and could introduce the book to new readers! Just look for the book title or my name on Goodreads and enter… Read more »

New Class Semester

Last week marked the first meeting of the writing for children class I teach at Lexington Community Education in Lexington, MA. It was a pleasure to see the returning students and meet new ones. The students are serious about writing, work in a variety of genres–from rhyming picture books to middle grade fiction–and offer each… Read more »

Awesome Review!

I’m so pleased that Publishers Weekly gave Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster a really enthusiastic review! Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what someone with obviously impeccable taste wrote: “In this adorable and brightly illustrated Hanukkah story from Sutton (Don’t Call Me Sidney) and Rowland (Little Nelly’s Big Book), Esther the gorilla joyfully sets out to… Read more »

Turns out My Enemy is not so bad

I was certain that book apps were my enemy,  the enemy of books in general, and quite possibly of all civilization. But when an educational app producer asked me if I’d consider turning my picture book THE TROUBLE WITH CAULIFLOWER into an app, I surprised myself by being uncharacteristically open-minded. After all, the book had–tragically–after… Read more »


Usually, the arrival of September 1st makes me shudder and shiver with thoughts of looming winter. But this year I’m celebrating the publication of Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster! My eighth children’s book, it’s my first one to come out in hardcover and paperback at the same time. The illustrator, Andy Rowland, did a wonderful job with… Read more »