It Takes a Spooky Long Time to Write a Picture Book!

When I visit schools, I like to share with kids that my book-writing process is often lengthy. I emphasize the role of revision in all good writing—and that revision takes time but is fun. However, I must admit that...

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It Is Fiction, Right?!

If you’re writing fiction, you don’t have to worry about facts, right? Not necessarily. For some strange reason, if an author doesn’t create and maintain a smooth interface between make believe and real facts, a reader may say, Wait,...

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How Many Elephants Can Fit Inside a Soap Bubble?

Crazy Questions Children’s writers ponder all sorts of crazy questions and often go to great lengths to find out the answers. I love sharing weird facts, hopefully fostering innate wonder and a desire to read and explore more. A while ago,...

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The Little Things

  I have always been fascinated by little things, especially those that are alive. Which is why I halted abruptly several weeks ago while walking my dog on a well-traveled footpath along the Farmington River. The tiniest snapping turtle sat...

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Confession of a Picture Book Addict

How soon should you start reading to a child? I think the answer is, it is never too soon… I once received an e-mail from a young mother. She told me that colleagues had given her my picture book If...

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