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Holiday Books: Sniffer’s First Christmas

Sniffer’s First Christmas is a darling picture book by author Pippa Pennington about a dog who reminds me a bit of Rosco the Rascal, since he’s always getting up to a bit of inadvertent mischief. Check out the adorable illustrations in the sample pages below. She is offering the kindle version for free right now… Continue reading Holiday Books: Sniffer’s First Christmas

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San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

In only a few weeks we’ll be setting back our clocks by one hour to observe Daylight Savings Time. So what, you say? Big deal, you say? Let’s make a fun day out of it, I say! San Diego’s own Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation agrees. In fact, it has created a whole festival to observe… Continue reading San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

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Q&A With Author Margaret Welwood

Please welcome Canadian picture book author Margaret Welwood to Rosco’s Reading Room. Q. Hi Margaret and thanks for stopping by today. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. “When God closes a door, He opens a window,” said a friend when I was laid off from my delightful, fulfilling career… Continue reading Q&A With Author Margaret Welwood

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Catching Up–Latest News

WHERE HAVE I BEEN? Just a note to let my loyal readership, fellow bloggers, and fellow authors know that I have not fallen off the face of the planet. I’m still busy at the authoring business here at home-office central. This summer I was busy with lots of day trips, some vacation adventures, and lots… Continue reading Catching Up–Latest News

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10 Classic Picture Books for Fall

Most people say summer is their favorite season, but I’m an autumn gal at heart. I love the changing weather, the warm colors on the trees, the orange decorations, the apple pie, and the visits to an orchard or a pumpkin patch. Plus, it’s my birthday season! When my children were little, we’d visit the… Continue reading 10 Classic Picture Books for Fall

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Brooke’s Books Project

  One day Brooke Trevett, a 10-year-old living in Oswego County, New York, was clearing out her personal library of hundreds of books when she was struck with an idea: why not put these books directly into the hands of kids who don’t have enough books or who don’t have any books? Soon, with a… Continue reading Brooke’s Books Project

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My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

Today I’ve got a first for Rosco’s Reading Room and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you: video. It’s a video in which my guest blogger, author and illustrator Nathaniel Gold, discusses and illustrates on screen, the story behind his series, The Diary of Henry Chimpman. Hit Play on the video below… Continue reading My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

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Q&A With Author John Contratti

A quick online search of my next guest revealed pictures of actor John Contratti posing with no less than Hollywood stars Mary Tyler Moore, Danny Devito, Jenna Elfman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., just to name a few. As I dug deeper, I soon found that this actor-turned-teacher-turned-author has an impressive and wide-ranging professional background, with… Continue reading Q&A With Author John Contratti

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What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine

This month, my book, Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade made a debut appearance in a quarter page ad in the March edition of Story Monsters Ink magazine. Rewind to early January for a moment, just long enough to explain that deciding whether or not to place the ad was a bit… Continue reading What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine

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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for… Continue reading How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day