Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey, It's National Young Readers Day.

The great folks at Casper informed me that today is National Young Readers Day. To celebrate kid readers everywhere, I thought I'd share with you what my family is reading now. I'm always a sucker for seeing what books occupy friends' shelves and nightstands, so here's a little peek into what my crew (ranging in age from 8-14) is reading now before lights out.

MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE by Kate DiCamillo. Art by Chris Van Dusen.

SMILE by Raina Telgemeier

LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD by Tara Lazar. Art by Troy Cummings

FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

PRISONER B-3087 by Alan Gratz

THE LUMBERJANES by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis

BLACK DIAMOND: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

ROAR! by Tammi Sauer. Art by Liz Starin

FEED by M.T. Anderson

And I'm currently reading . . .

THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH by Martha Brockenbrough

I'd love to hear what is on your nightstand. If you're inclined, leave me a good book suggestion below. Happy reading!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Exiting News.

I'm over the moon to announce the sale of my debut middle-grade novel to Simon & Schuster's Paula Wiseman Books. Look for Vilonia in Spring 2017. She's warming up her pitching arm as we speak. :)


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Is your children's or YA manuscript ready to share with the world? The SCBWI Work-in-Progress Awards are now open! Click here for more information.

Good luck!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

We Need Diverse Books

If your holiday shopping includes giving books, and I hope it does, you may like these handy flowcharts created by Tracy Lopez.  (You can click on the images to enlarge them.) The We Need Diverse Books campaign celebrates stories of varying backgrounds and cultures, most different from my own. 

Picture Books:

Middle Grade:

Young Adult:

Happy Holidays and thanks for giving books. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

PiBoIdMo 2014

It's that time of year! Picture Book Idea Month. Generate 30 picture book ideas in the month of November. 
Participants who register for PiBoIdMo and complete the 30-idea challenge will be eligible for prizes, including signed picture books, original art, critiques, Skype sessions and feedback from one of ten picture book agents. 
This year’s agents are:
I've taken part of PiBoIdMo since the beginning. I love having a springboard of ideas (some great, others not so much) I can work from year round. (Thank you, Tara!) A helpful hint:  I actually use the Notesy app that syncs from my laptop to my phone, so I can jot down ideas wherever I may be. So, good luck!

Here's to a creative month!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Shh! We Have a Plan...for brilliant picture books.

A new picture book by the hilarious Chris Haughton, who gave us Oh no! George.

See the official trailer on my new tumblr, an easier way to share things I love. 

Happy Monday, friends. I'm off to make words.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LOOP Cover Reveal

My good friend Karen Akins has been given permission to share her debut cover. Look for LOOP on shelves starting October 21st.

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.