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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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Gabriel’s Horn

I finished the final editing revisions for my latest book, Gabriel’s Horn. Special thanks go to my editor, Amy Fitzgerald, who had some excellent ideas for whipping the manuscript into its final shape. This book has an interesting history. It’s based on “Seven Years,” a famous story by the great Yiddish writer, I.L. Peretz. I […]

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New Books

It’s 2015 and this is my first post. I made a solemn New Year resolution: post regularly to the blog. Don’t get distracted. That’s my promise. Hold me to it. Better yet, I’m going to hold myself to it. People often ask what new books are in the works. The latest development is that I’ve […]

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Ghosts From The Past

They say that when you get to a certain stage in life, people and things from your past start showing up. That’s eerie to think about. Nevertheless, I’m discovering that it’s true. Last week my college friend Steve Burghardt sent me an email out of the blue. Steve was a very important person in my […]

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Question From Overseas

I’m always glad to see people using the “Ask Eric” page of my website. I’ve gotten a lot of good questions about writing. I hope that my answers might be valuable to the person who asked the question and to others who might be reading it. Children aren’t the only ones who ask questions. They […]

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Hanukkah Bear

I’ve been walking on air for the past week. Hanukkah Bear is this year’s winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the illustrated children’s book category. I really can’t claim the credit. I never thought the book was even in the running since it’s a new edition of an older title that has always […]

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The Future of Digital Picture Books. Is there one?

I had an interesting conversation with my friend, Dianne de las Casas, tonight. In addition to being an outstanding author and storyteller, Dianne is the creator of Picture Book Month, which shines the spotlight on authors and illustrators who love picture books and view them as the gateway into art, literature, and literacy. Click HERE […]

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Strange Days

Publishing is getting awfully strange these days. I was talking about it with my friend, Elizabeth Winthrop (Castle In The Attic). Elizabeth agreed. Sometimes it feels as if we fell down the rabbit hole. Here’s what got us started. I asked one of my editors if I could have jpegs of the pages of a […]

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This Makes It All Worthwhile

I received the sweetest email today from Vicki Winterscheidt in Colorado. Vicki’s daughter was getting married at Grand Lake Lodge in Colorado, high up the Rockies. What a spectacular setting for a wedding! Vicki wrote to say that her sons walked beside her on the path down to the knoll where the ceremony would take […]

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