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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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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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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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American Fantasy

Here’s a terrific article about American Fantasy by my friend Bobbi Miller that I want to share. It’s well worth reading if you love folklore and fantasy. Bobbi’s new book, Big River’s Daughter, is my favorite book so far this year. Click HERE for the link.

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Sweet!

Does it get better than this? JoAnn Berg, a preschool teacher, took the time to write to me about my book, The Three Little Tamales. Here’s what she wrote: I am a preschool teacher. I teach mostly children whose families are from Mexico. I found your book, The Three Little Tamales. My children loved the […]

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Kindle Fire Email Blast

As some of you may know, one of my favorite publishers, Marshall Cavendish, was acquired by Amazon in December. I became an Amazon author overnight. A number of my writer and illustrator friends were in the same position. What does this mean? Is it good or bad? None of us know for sure. First impressions […]

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Blowin’ In The Wind

Something happened to me today that made me shiver. Every now and then I’ll get a postcard from the universe; a subtle hint of where things are going. I didn’t like this one at all. I just got back from Florida a few days ago. I leave for a school visit in Istanbul in less […]

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Washed!

I love reading about words. They have such interesting histories. I had an experience like that last week. I was reading an article in the New York Times about two women who had an altercation in a McDonalds. It was a rather sleazy, forgettable story, except that something in the article caught my eye. One […]

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Let’s Read!

An Imaginary Conversation: Author: Let’s read! Books are wonderful. Read together with your family every evening! Child: My parents don’t read. We don’t have any books in our house. Author: That’s no problem. Your school library has plenty of good books that you can check out and read. Your school librarian will be happy to […]

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Words Have Wings

One of the most exciting parts about being an author is that your life is full of surprises. Your words have wings. You never really know where your books are going, who is reading them, and whose lives they are changing. In 1978 I published a picture book with Pantheon called Why Worry? It was […]

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