Thursday, February 15, 2018

No Sleep til Brooklyn! Join me on Sunday!

I'm home and ready for my very first  Brooklyn event at Books are Magic on 
Sunday, February 18th 11-12pm. 

Come join me to share in the picture book LOVE! 
Hope to see you there!

Click here for more information. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Valentine's Drawing Demo from Bob Shea and LOVE, TRIANGLE

It's almost Valentine's Day and Bob Shea, illustrator of Love, Triangle created this super awesome video on how to draw our friends Circle, Square, and Triangle!

So grab your paper and crayons and get ready for drawing with a bit of geometry and a whole lotta heart!

Thanks, Bob.

 Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

LIVE "Writing Picture Books" Q&A Panel for #WriteOnCon18 TOMORROW!

Are you registered for WriteOnCon18? It's not too late! 

Go to to learn more and attend this fantastic conference from the comfort of your own home. You don't even have to get dressed! 

Then, be sure attend the LIVE Writing Picture Books Q&A Panel on Sunday, February 11th at 8pm EST when I join Gaia Cornwall (Jabari Jumps), Andrea Loney (Bunnybear, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!), and Heather Preusser (A Symphony of Cowbells) to chat all things picture books and children's publishing!

We hope to "see" you there! 
Gaia Cornwal
Heather Preusser
Andrea Loney

Friday, February 2, 2018

Hey, NYC, Be My Valentine!

I am so super excited to head to Books of Wonder with the fantastic Lucy Ruth Cummins (illustrator of This is NOT a Valentine written by Carter Higgins) on Saturday, February 10th.

Come join us to share in the picture book LOVE! 
Hope to see you there!

Click here for more information. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

World Read Aloud Day 2018

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day, I will be virtually touring to the following schools, all week to read aloud my own books, as well as some of my all-time favorite read alouds.

Swansfield Elementary School (Columbia, Maryland)

Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

John Joy School (Rome, New York)

Whit Davis Elementary School (Athens, Georgia)

P.S. 19 (Passaic, New Jersey)

Valley View Elementary (Pleasanton, California)

For information on how YOU can celebrate World Read Aloud Day in your own homes and schools, visit It's not too late!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

San Diego: SUPER HAPPY to be Heading to Comickaze on Saturday!

I'll be presenting on the creation of the Super Happy Party Bears series & signing books from 1-3pm.


Hope to see you there!

Comickaze Comics, Books, & More!
Liberty Station
2750 Historic Decatur Road #101

Monday, January 8, 2018

Writing For Children course at San Diego Writer's Ink STARTS ON THE 16th!

Ever think you might want to write for children but don’t know where to start? Whether you desire to write a quiet bedtime story like Goodnight, Moon or a thrilling young adult epic like The Hunger Games, this 10-week class is for you. Join me on a journey to explore all literature for ages 0-19.
This comprehensive course will cover everything you need to know to start on your own kidlit path, with a heavy focus on craft. 
You will learn:
  • The different categories of children’s books as well as look closely at what is being published today.
  • Tips on where to look for inspiration and ideas.
  • How to shape plot in picture books and chapter books, as well as in middle grade and young adult novels.
  • How to create characters that captivate young readers.
  • Tips for finding your voice.
  • How to navigate the various stages of revision.
  • The business of children’s book publishing and how to market your work.
 This course will use a combination of lecture, in-class writing exercises, and critiquing of student works-in-progress.
 Whatever type of children’s book you want to write—picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or young adult—I’ll set you on your way to creating stories that are treasured for a lifetime.

Register here!