Category Children’s Publishing

LOOKING BACK WITH THANKS-GIVING

LOOKING BACK WITH THANKS-GIVING

What an amazing year 2016 has turned out to be for my work! I’m so gratified by the love my books have received. From the community StoryWalks in Somerset County, New Jersey, and New Richmond, Wisconsin, this summer for It’s a Firefly Night (Blue Apple Books) to the wonderful awards bestowed upon It’s a Seashell Day (Blue Apple Books) over the spring and summer, it’s extremely rewarding to any author to know that their books are touching people’s lives.

In April, I was honored to attend the 2015 Florida Book Awards in Tallahassee to receive the Gold Medal/Reichert Award in the Children’s Literature division for It’s a Seashell Day...

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IT’S A FIREFLY SUMMER

IT’S A FIREFLY SUMMER!

Like fireflies blinking in the night, books can have on/off bright-light moments long after the light bulb burst of its publication date.  That’s what happened for my 2013 picture book from Blue Apple Books, IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT (which was so perfectly illustrated by artist Betsy Snyder) when it was selected by the Peapack-Gladstone Library in Somerset County, New Jersey for their community’s “StoryWalk” this summer.

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You may be asking, “what the heck is a StoryWalk?”  (I did, too.) Answer: StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path...

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IT’S A FIREFLY SUMMER

IT’S A FIREFLY SUMMER

Like fireflies blinking in the night, books can have on/off bright-light moments long after the light bulb burst of its publication date.  That’s what happened for my 2013 picture book from Blue Apple Books, IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT (which was so perfectly illustrated by artist Betsy Snyder) when it was selected by the Peapack-Gladstone Library in Somerset County, New Jersey for their community’s “StoryWalk” this summer.

You may be asking, “what the heck is a StoryWalk?”  (I did, too.) Answer: StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path...

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Thoughts of Earth Day, Seashells and Fireflies

THOUGHTS OF EARTH DAY, SEASHELLS AND FIREFLIES

Earlier this month, I traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, to receive the Gold Medal/Reichert Award in the children’s literature category of the 2015 Florida Book Awards for my picture book, IT’S A SEASHELL DAY.

I stayed on after the FBA events to participate in the Word of South festival of literature and music (http://www.wordofsouthfestival.com), doing a mini-workshop at the storytelling area for kids and appearing as a member of the FBA winners speaker panel for grownups.

There were just  three of us:  Susan Cerulean, http://comingtopass,  Gold Medal winner for Florida non-fiction for her adult title, Coming to Pass: Florida’s Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change with photographs by David Moynahan (University of Georgia, 2015); ...

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Top Ten Things Every Author Should Know About Digital Publishing

TOP TEN THINGS EVERY AUTHOR SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL PUBLISHING

Whether you believe digital publishing is revolution or evolution… the plain fact is that it represents the future of the book.  As writers and artists, we need to educate ourselves to meet the creative challenges and greet the new opportunities industry changes bring our way.

1.  CHILDREN ALREADY KNOW THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE INTRINSICALLY.

If you’ve ever watched a toddler happily operating a parent’s iPhone at the grocery store, you already know this.  The trick is that we, as adults, need to play catch-up in finding our comfort zone with today’s digital technology (or ‘platforms’) upon which tomorrow’s stories will be told.  Knowing how the Nook, the I-Phone, the I-Pad, the Kindle, etc...

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