Children’s Books

New Children’s Picture Book!

I’m very happy to announce the publication this week of my latest children’s picture book, I Love You Forever, illustrated by the talented Shelagh McNicholas and published by tiger tales. It’s my first rhyming text, and you’d be surprised how hard it can be to finesse rhymes and rhythm while making sense of a story at the same time! But Shelagh’s endearing illustrations and the quality of the paper and the die-cut cover really elevate this story to the status …

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The dangers of die cut!

Just got a new copy of my upcoming picture book, I Love You Forever–this time, with the die cut on the cover removed. Now the image is glued to the cover (top version). This decision was made when the publisher discovered that a child’s head had somehow got stuck in another book’s die-cut hole!  Oh, kids these days…!

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New Cover Art for Upcoming Picture Book

So pleased to see the cover art for my next children’s picture book, now entitled I Love You Forever, and scheduled for a spring 2015 release. The lovely illustrations are by UK artist Shelagh McNicholas. I feel so fortunate to have her artwork grace the pages of my story! Enjoy.

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Children’s Book Week

It’s Children’s Book Week this week–May 13-19. What are your favorite children’s books? Most people have at least one favorite that they’ll never forget and that perhaps changed their life. Some of mine include Where the Wild Things Are; Hailstones and Halibut Bones; The Phantom Tollbooth; Harriet the Spy; the Madeline books; and Throw a Kiss, Harry! I have memories of my father reading me The Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit, and the original Oz books. When I had …

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Holiday Season Reading

What are you reading this month? If you’re between seasons of the BBC show, Sherlock, or if your appetite for Holmes is whetted by watching the CBS show, Elementary, try My Dear Watson–my pastiche novel written by Holmes rather than by Watson. Wouldn’t you like to get inside the mind of the greatest detective of all time? If you’re looking for picture books for young children, I can offer several to choose from. I’ve been lucky enough to work with …

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First sketches in for new children’s book!

Just got a look at the first sketches that Shelagh McNicholas submitted to illustrate my next picture book, The Cutest Age.  Her style is so sweet. Wonderful expressions, and she really captures the different ages of childhood. I feel so lucky!

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Now What Can I Do?

Mommy, I’m bored. What can I do? Little Raccoon is stuck inside all day, but together he and Mommy discover that it takes just a dash of make-believe to set sail on the ocean in your bed, round up a herd of your toys, and slam-dunk socks into your drawer like a basketball star. Then, before you know it, it’s time for bed! In this cheerful conversation between mother and child, the author-illustrator team who created Will You Take Care …

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Am I Big Or Little?

Can a little girl be both big and little at the same time? Of course she can! Big or little, she’s the present Mommy always wanted-a big present in a little package. Cheerful text and cozy illustrations are sure to strike a familiar chord with little ones and grown-ups alike in this winning picture book, also available in paperback. Paperback: 32 pages Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 1, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 1587171473

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