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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 Videos

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 […]

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Off To France!

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 […]

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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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Back In The Game

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 […]

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Writing To Authors

My librarian friend Sharron McElmeel has some excellent suggestions for teachers considering having their children write to an author. I’m posting them with her permission. They’re well-worth considering if you want to get a response and have the experience be a pleasant one for both author and children. Please feel free to share these suggestions […]

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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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Something New

My agent, Jennifer Laughran, sent me an email with a great suggestion. Have I ever tried writing graphic novels? I was puzzled at first. I’m not an artist. Jenn explained that I don’t have to be. A lot of GN’s are created in the same way picture books are. The writer comes up with the […]

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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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