Category: Children’s Books

Maya’s Treasure Has Found a Home!

I began writing Maya’s Treasure in 2016. It is a dream come true that this story is about to become a picture book published by Peter Pauper Press. It is beautifully printed and produced, far beyond my expectations, which I must say were high. Thank you Mara Conlon, Jax Berman and of course my wonderful… Read more »

Even Heroes Feel Sad: Fighting Coronavirus Together

Collaborations are a wonderful thing, especially when you’re teaming up with the delightful, inspiring and talented Kate Allen Fox. In response to a competition hosted by Emory University’s Global Health Institute, Kate had written a lovely picture book for children about Covid- 19, that needed to be illustrated. With only one week to create 23… Read more »

A Lovely Review from Always In The Middle

Misadventures of a Magician’s Son Posted on April 12, 2020by Greg Pattridge There’s nothing like a little magical escapism to chase away the bad news in the world. Middle school is hard enough, but more so for Alex. He’s in a new town after his famous magician father passed away attempting to create a new… Read more »


I can’t believe I’m saying this…TODAY, MY BOOK IS OUT IN THE WORLD! Happy Book Birthday!

Introducing Joel Goldman, Magician Extraordinaire!

  One of the joys of writing MISADVENTURES OF A MAGICIAN’S SON was delving into the art of magic. Enter Joel Goldman, magician extraordinaire. I spent many hours working with Joel, studying his technique and learning his craft. I was mesmerized watching his variety of shuffles, fans and sleight of hand maneuvers. Alexander Finn is a… Read more »

And The Winners Are…….

                    VIVIAN KIRKFIELD’S WOW! Congratulations to all the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the #50PreciousWord contest. I am thrilled that my entry FIREFLY was selected and included with such wonderful, heartfelt and hilarious finalists. If you want to read all the marvelous entries, click on the… Read more »

Read On!

                    BIRD COUNT by Susan Edwards Richmond Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-56145-954-4 While we are all looking for activities during our self imposed quarantine, birdwatching might be the perfect answer. I know…Christmas Bird Count is over, for now–but there are… Read more »

Read On!

One of the advantages of writing for young readers is discovering Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture book Challenge and KidLit 411. These two marvelous writing communities have given me the opportunity to connect with some pretty amazing authors. And I am thrilled to share a few of their recent picture books with you! I CAMPAIGNED FOR… Read more »

Get Ready for another #50 Precious Words Contest!

 It’s that time of year again! VIVIAN KIRKFIELD’S #50preciouswords-2020-contest-is-officially-open/ If you feel up to the challenge, here are the submission guidelines: Your story should be appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.Title is not… Read more »

A Picture Book Review of SHE LEADS

  SHE LEADS Written by June Smalls Illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara No. of Pages : 32 Ages 3-8 As a member of On The Scene in 19 (a group of debut picture book, chapter book and middle grade authors publishing in 2019/2020), I am literally surrounded by the wonderful work of these creative authors. SHE LEADS… Read more »