Trouble?

These days I seem to be a magnet for weird stuff going on with my website online. I received an email from some company that monitors websites for my server. It said my site was infected with malware and that I needed to clean it up and set up a firewall and other protection. Otherwise […]

Down Time

I  promised two editors I would have two book length projects completed by the middle of January. Getting sick in December threw the proverbial monkey wrench into my plans. I hadn’t planned on all that downtime. Nothing, however, stopped me from working on ideas in my head, so when I finally felt better I was […]

Aloha!

I’m looking forward to June. On June 7th I’ll be speaking at the Read To Me International’s conference in Honolulu. I get to talk about my favorite subjects: the importance of storytelling and reading aloud. I am SO looking forward to this event. And since I’m going to be in Hawaii, I wrote to my […]

Preparing for the Future

I had a lunch meeting downtown with my webmaster, Wess. He’s working on a big project, setting up a web presence for an international corporation. I’m flattered that he took the time to hang out with me. He’s a good guy. I wanted to meet with Wess to talk with him about bringing my website […]

Big Sam

Some terrific news arrived yesterday morning. My book Big Sam,  with stunning artwork by Jim Starr, was named a Notable Book for the Sydney Taylor Award by the Jewish Book Council. This is a big honor. Big Sam and I are very proud.

The Search for the Shamir

The Search for the Shamir, the second Scarlett and Sam adventure is just out. This time the twins help King Solomon build the Temple in Jerusalem. Sounds easy. The problem is the construction has to be done without iron tools. Iron is a metal of war and God’s Temple must be a house of peace. As […]

I Want A Real Bike (in Oregon)

2018 is off to a great start. I have several new books that I’m very excited about. Here’s one of my favorites: I Want A Real Bike (in Oregon.) Our main characters has outgrown his bike. He really needs a new one to keep up with his friends. There are so many different kinds of […]

Happy New Year

2018 is here and I couldn’t be happier. The entire holiday season was a bust. I got very sick and spent the entire holiday period coughing and coughing. I believe I know where I picked up the bug. I did a school visit just before Hanukkah. The children were lovely; absolutely no complaints there. However […]

Old Friends

I just got back from having lunch with my friend Chris Wubbenhorst, who was one of the best children’s librarians I ever met. Unfortunately, about 20 years ago, budget cuts led her district to reduce the number of librarians. Chris was given the choice of going back to the classroom or looking for another job. […]

Autographing at Wild Arts

I spent a delightful afternoon at the Portland Audubon Society’s Wild Arts Festival. It’s one of our city’s premier shopping events. Lots of authors and artists offering all sorts of books and handicrafts focused on the wildlife and natural environments that the Audubon Society works hard to protect and maintain. I’m always honored to be […]

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