I Love Summer!

Summer has always been my favorite season, but add three marvelous, entertaining grandchildren to the mix, and I cherish these months even more!

Essay About Treasured Object

Recently, I contributed to a lovely website called Storied Stuff, with short essays about a pictured treasured object. I’ve pasted mine below, about my beloved grandmother’s doll. Here’s the link. Marushka is about 130-years-old. Years before the Russian Revolution, my maternal grandmother, Rebecca, schlepped this doll from Kiev to New York City. Grandma was smart, opinionated, and big-hearted. I… Read more »

I’m Excited to Report That…

…I signed a contract for my next book!   The title is still a secret. Shhhh…                                                                               … Read more »

Another Recommendation: Board Book and a Half

Yes, today I’m recommending a board book and a half. What I mean is that it’s huuuuuge, in size and what it covers! Caution! Road Signs Ahead by prolific, award-winning author Toni Buzzeo has realistically shaped pages of 35 signs that the littlest readers can touch and explore. For slightly older readers, the explanations of what… Read more »

Readathon Fun

Asked to be a Guest Author for Red Hill Elementary School’s Readathon (Santa Ana, California), I responded with an enthusiastic Yes! And thanks to technology, from 3,000 miles away, I was able to share screen shots as I read my picture book THE TROUBLE WITH CAULIFLOWER and then read the first chapter of my middle grade novel ME AND THE… Read more »

Two Wonderful New Books (by Authors Who Are Not Me)

I just have to give shout-outs to two fabulous new picture books! The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest is a picture book biography about an innovative, never-give-up scientist who studies and makes fascinating discoveries high up in the rain forest canopy. Her challenges, creative solutions, and passion to save the rain forest will… Read more »

Winter Visitors

Since my husband and I are spending more time at home than usual this winter, thanks to a certain virus, it’s a special joy to spot wildlife we don’t normally see, right out our window. Here are 2 recent yard guests that visited at a safe social distance.  

Poetry in Ocean

I really lucked out when my poem in the new Writers’ Loft anthology Friends and Anemones (see previous post) was brought to life by the talented illustrator and writer Doreen Buchinski.  My poem is about beautiful, energetic birds, Red Knots, that migrate record-breaking distances each year and rely on horseshoe crab eggs for sustenance. Doreen and Charlotte Sheer have poems… Read more »

Fabulous New Poetry Anthology

I’m honored to have a poem in a gorgeously illustrated anthology cleverly entitled Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems For Children.  Published by the Writers’ Loft, it features lyrical, informative, and humorous poems by over 60 poets, including Jane Yolen, Peter Reynolds, and Josh Funk. There will be a virtual book launch this Sunday, November 15th with sneak… Read more »