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Thank You NESCBWI for the Newest Tools in my Tool Box

Another year, another NESCBWI spring conference for the books (pun intended). This is the sixth time I’ve attended the conference, and every time I go I leave with something new. This year I left with a variety of things packed

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Be A Leader

  Imagine, if you will, you have a child that’s ten years old. He or she is in the middle of a soccer game and the score is tied with about 10 minutes left in the game. Calls have gone

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My Time at the ILA 2016

I just returned from the ILA conference, International Literacy Association, that took place in Boston over the weekend, and I have to say it was very cool. It was my first time being invited to the conference and I had

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Monster Mail episode 3

Hi everyone! I recently returned from the ALA (American Library Association) which was a lot of fun where I got to meet several talented authors and illustrators including the one and only Wendy Grieb! But now it back to reading the

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Monster Mail Episode 2

As you can tell from the title this is episode 2. I get such great thank you letters from kids I read to that I need to share them all! Well not all only 4 to 5 at a time,

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NESCBWI 2015 Conference: And My Fantasy Acceptance Speach

I just returned from the 2015 NESCBWI conference this past weekend and like always, it was fantastic! How many times do you get to go to a conference and hear not only this years Caldecott winner, Dan Santat, but also

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Lets Get Busy Pod Cast Interview!

I had the honor and enjoyment of being invited on the Let Get Busy Pod Cast broadcasted by the very busy librarian Matthew Winner.  Where I talk about my newest books, Seaver the Weaver illustrated by the Brothers Hilts,      

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The Slush Pile on the Shelf

Slush pile. Two words writers hate. Slush So much so that I use it like a swear, “What the Slush pile!!” But it is something we all have to deal with. It is the first big hurdle in the life

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The Deep Breath Before the Plunge

Right now I sit in my house and it is silent. A silence, that some have described as the deep breath before the plunge. Well maybe it’s not that dramatic, but I am definitely standing at the beginning of the

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In the Outlet by the Light Switch

The other day at a signing, a parent asked me why I was so specific in describing the night light in Monster Needs His Sleep. If you have not read the book yet then you should, it has been touted

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