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A Real Bike

Spent yesterday reviewing the sketches for the illustrations for a new book coming out next year. It’s called If I Had A Real Bike. It follows a simple story. Our hero wants to move up from a baby bike to a “real” bike. There are so many different kinds. Which kind shall it be? Road […]

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New Adventures for Scarlett and Sam

It’s always a challenge when you finish a major project. There’s always a bit of a let-down. What do I do next? The manuscript for Scarlett and Sam’s second Bible adventure, The Search for the Shamir, has been put to bed. This one will feature King Solomon, Nathan the Prophet, and Ashmodai, king of the demons. […]

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New Books!

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 […]

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Going International

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. […]

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Back From The Coast

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 […]

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Hershel Chair and Puppets

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 […]

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The Runaway Tortilla

Spread the word. The Runaway Tortilla, long out-of-print, is available as of September with new illustrations by Erik Brooks. Click HERE to check it out.

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Off To Texas

I’m packing my suitcase for a big trip to Texas. I’ll be speaking at schools in and around Pearland. That’s near Houston. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Texas school visit and I’m always looking forward to going there. I always have such a good time. My Texas friends know how to […]

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The Tortilla Is Back

I’ve just seen the new illustrations for The Runaway Tortilla. Kudos to Erik Brooks, the illustrator! The book will not be released until September. You can get a preview HERE. Why are there new illustrations? Why is there a new edition anyway? What was wrong with the old one? Good questions. Winslow Press, the original […]

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Anansi’s Future?

Children and teachers keep writing to ask if and when I’m going to write another story about Anansi the Spider. I actually have one. The problem is that neither my editor, Mary Cash, nor Janet Stevens, the illustrator, is interested in doing it. Mary told me that she didn’t detect enough interest among the librarians […]

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