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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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Moby Dick at the Danforth Museum

There’s a terrific exhibit of Andrew Glass’s illustrations for Moby Dick at the Danforth Museum and School of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts. Here’s a link to an article about it. Click HERE. The best part is reading the children’s reactions. “They try to catch this big whale but never do.” Hannah says, “Whales don’t eat […]

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Little Red Hot

This was an exciting week. Little Red Hot was officially published last Monday. All sorts of good things have happened since then. Amazon had an online special featuring Little Red Hot and my other Amazon books. That should result in a few sales, considering that Amazon promotions go out all over the world. Our local […]

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Anansi the Spider Quilt

Look at this! I’m amazed. My friend Natalie Franklin created an Anansi quilt to go with my Anansi stories. I hope you can enlarge the jpeg. The detail is stunning. As I told Natalie, it probably took longer for her to create the quilt than for me to write the books. For those who’d like […]

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The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

The Next Big Thing is an author blog tour. What’s a blog tour? A blog tour gives those on the tour a chance to meet different authors by way of their blogs. The Next Big Thing began in Australia. Each week a different author answers specific questions about his or her upcoming book. The answers […]

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Happy New Year!

In a few days a new year will arrive. Time to look back over the old one. What kind of year has 2012 been? It’s hard to say. The pluses came with minuses and the minuses came with pluses. A lot of fine things happened with my writing. The Golem’s Latkes won a National Jewish […]

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New Horizons

I don’t know how the ALA is going to award the Caldecott this year, given the precipitous decline in the picture book market. Several editors have told me, “Keep it simple. Make it young.” They mean it. When I was in New York a month ago, my friend and editor Mary Cash at Holiday House […]

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Kudos for Moby Dick

Andrew Glass and I have both been disappointed with the response to Moby Dick in the book world. We were hoping for starred reviews, but didn’t get any. I don’t think the reviewers knew what to make of it. Several of them seemed hung up on the idea that a picture book is a simple […]

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