We’ve had a lot of success this year with Skype visits. School will be starting all around the country in another month. Available dates are beginning to fill up. If you’d like to arrange for a Skype visit or would just like to get more information, click HERE.
I have three new books coming out over the spring and summer. Yet, if you’ve been following me on Vimeo, you’ll see that I only have two new videos. How come? And how come I don’t have videos for lots of my books. I make them on my desktop computer. Why aren’t there more of
I love technology. However, computers, electronics, and mechanical things just don’t like me. We’ve been trying to fix a leak in the upstairs shower for over a month. I watched all the caulking videos on YouTube. Should be simple. No luck. I’ve asked my neighbor Joe to recommend an handyman. Joe is a contractor who
This is turning into an exciting season. Three new books have come out. The first was Rattlestiltskin. A few weeks ago I received my author copies for Little Red Rosie. Yesterday, the FedEx man delivered another box of books to the house. I opened it at once. Inside were the copies of Gabriel’s Horn, my
I see again that I haven’t kept up my resolution to post regularly. Lots of things are going on. We are preparing for a birding trip to the south of France to see birds in the Camargue region. This is an important wetland on the flyway between Europe and North Africa. We will be there
Some interesting things have happened lately. I received a request for permission to reprint one of my favorite stories, The Magic Dreidels, in Russian. The book has been out-of-print for several years. I immediately wrote to the illustrator, my good friend Katya Krenina, to share the good news, although I suspected she had already heard.
I just returned home from four days at the Oregon Coast. I spent the first three days at Warrenton Grade School, just southwest from Astoria. Kathi Merritt, the librarian, has been a good friend of mine for years. This is the fourth time she’s had me visit. An added plus is that I got to
My writing’s been getting me down for a while. I tried lots of different ideas. Nothing seemed to work. My agent, Jenn Laughran, was working hard. Nothing was working at her end either. Sitting down to write anything was becoming painful. I spend my time over the holidays doing other things. It’s easy to find
Yow! Has it been that long since I posted anything? I went on a cruise along the Inland Waterway, from Charleston to Florida. I still have to post some of the photographs. Then the holidays hit. Once you get out of the habit of posting, it’s hard to get back. Okay, I’m back. No excuses.
Sasha Lauterbach, the librarian at the Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, MA, sent me the most remarkable email. Back in 2000, her students decorated library chairs to go with their favorite books. You’re not only reading a story when you sit down in her libary; you’re sitting on one. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins has