Monthly Archives: July 2013

Picture books and more…

Here is a great site that was recently shared with me.  It’s a blog that covers what a first grader and her mom, a librarian, are reading this summer.  There are a lot of wonderful books mentioned and yes, one … Continue reading

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Professional or Semi-Professional

I was listening to a great interview on the Jian Ghomeshi show (who, by the way, sounds nothing like his picture…weird) which runs on Oregon Public Radio and on the CBC and satellite . He was interviewing the French pop-rock … Continue reading

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I need a copy of Vacation for Dummies.

Vacation. From the Greek Vakk, meaning to leave one’s home to swim and Ation, meaning to spend what money you have saved the previous year selling olive oil on ice cream and stuffed animals. Taking a few days away from … Continue reading

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Who buys graphic novels?

I had an interesting conversation at a bookstore while traveling. I walked into a beautiful Indy bookstore, in a resort area. They seemed busy, at least in the vacation season and they had a good sized kids book area, but … Continue reading

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Earthling! You can read it in Texas and Maine.

And speaking of Earthing! It is in the running for awards in the Texas Library Association Maverick awards (click here to see all the great graphic novels nominated in Texas) and in the Maine Student Book Awards (click here to … Continue reading

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Most accidents happen at home. And that’s where I do my writing.

How do you write a book? I get asked this humbling query too often considering I have only written four books that I’ve sold. True, I’ve illustrated a few as well, but those were written by REAL writers. Most of … Continue reading

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Find the Green Bean!

Great  piece in Publisher’s Weekly on how indy bookstores are having scavenger hunts during the summer. And how one bookstore has kids searching for Green Beans. Especially the ones with mustaches! Click here to read it. Of course you ALL know … Continue reading

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