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B&N KIDS BOOK HANGOUT Oct. 20

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble of Temecula, CA, KIDS BOOK HANGOUT event, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 2-3:30pm. Please stop by if you are in the area and meet some local children’s book authors! The information on the store’s facebook event… Continue reading B&N KIDS BOOK HANGOUT Oct. 20

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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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“I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

Saddle up and ride along. I’m always surprised to hear myself say, “I’m an author” because I wrote a book by accident. In fact, if anyone had told me to write a book I would have scoffed at the notion. Now there are three novels in the Dream Horse Adventures Series. I started writing in… Continue reading “I wrote a book by accident”: an Essay by Author Susan Count

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15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

Summer camp season is right around the corner. Your kids are either so excited that they’d tear through any book about the experience faster than you can stream their favorite episode of Bunk’d, or, they’re looking for more evidence before they believe that there are absolutely zero insects in Bug Juice. What better way to… Continue reading 15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

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Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

I found my next guest on LinkedIn when I chanced upon his poetry and immediately got a Shel Silverstein vibe. He not only composes the verse but he illustrates them, too. I had to know more so I asked him for an interview. I think you’ll like his work, if you take a little peek.… Continue reading Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

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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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Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

Q. Hi Francine! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hi Shana. I write an LGBT series called the Everyday Family Series. It’s different from a lot of LGBT books because it focuses not on the gay parents, themselves, but on the kids living within those families. I use this… Continue reading Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

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It’s Child’s Play … or Is It?

Author and illustrator, Heather B. Moon, on writing books for children It’s all in the Game. I’m an ex-teacher. I used to spend my day around children of all ages. Teaching them to write, inspiring their creativity, reading to them, helping them find books of their own to love. I would catch myself noticing little… Continue reading It’s Child’s Play … or Is It?

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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