Why Keith, Why?

Celebrity authors are able to cut the line to the editor’s office right past writers like moi, legends only in our own minds. With sad, envious eyes, we watch them bypass the slush pile and wish they’d stick to their own vanquished fields. I’m talking ’bout Madonna, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Lithgow, Billy Crystal…et tu,… Read more »

Things Kids Say

Last Sunday morning, allegedly spring, was raw and rainy. I wondered if people would rather stay home than venture out to the Open House at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, where I was doing a program. But venture out they did: lots of friendly families with adorable pre-schoolers, who created a warm… Read more »

Back in Peabody!

I’m looking forward to this Sunday (March 30), when I’ll be reading my picture book Don’t Call Me Sidney and playing rhyming games at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody. It’s an Open House–with balloon animals (made by a professional, not moi). I’ll be reading at 10:15 AM. Here’s an article about the… Read more »

Book Blast Aptly Named

On Saturday, March 15, I was the “celebrity author” at Book Blast in the Northshore Mall, Peabody, Massachusetts. It was a fun, well-attended event that promoted literacy. I read two of my picture books, played games with the adorable listeners, and answered questions about writing from people of all ages. A blast indeed! Kudos to… Read more »

Young Authors and Illustrators!

Last week, I had the pleasure of reading my picture book The Trouble With Cauliflower and sharing my writing process with the kindergarteners and first graders at North Grafton Elementary School. When I asked the audience if any of them were authors and illustrators, I was thrilled by the response: a sea of hands! Clearly,… Read more »

Looking Forward to Saturday’s Book Blast!

  I’m looking forward to sharing 3 of my picture books, answering questions about writing books and playing games with kids at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, MA on March 15th from 11AM-1 PM!   Book Blast should be a blast!   https://www.facebook.com/events/1422042648042108/

There has to be a children’s book set here!

The amazing Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China would be such a great setting for a children’s book! Please, someone, think of a plot before it all melts! Check out these photos!!

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 »