Category: Children’s Books

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 »

What an honor to be interviewed for Kathy Temean’s Illustrator Saturday, earlier this month! Writing and Illustrating Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 4, 2019 Illustrator Saturday – Laurie Smollett Kutscera Laurie Smollett Kutscera’s passion for children’s book illustration and writing began at an early age. Childhood memories of The… Read more »

My Interview with #On The Scene In 19!

An Interview with Author Laurie Smollett Kutscera It’s always exciting when an opportunity to be interviewed arises, especially when you have a middle grade novel debuting in the Fall! Big thanks to #ONTHESCENEIN19 Please meet our very own adventurer, Laurie Smollett Kutscera. If you don’t find her sailing the high seas then she is probably… Read more »

Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Word Challenge is Back!

It’s that time of year! Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words Challenge has truly become an annual “EVENT”. The challenge, inspired to honor the birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is a marvelous opportunity to craft a complete story for children 12 and under with a beginning, middle, and end. The key is to use… Read more »

Twas’ A Busy Year!

YES, yes, I know, it’s been a while—but in my defense, its been such a hectic few months, I just didn’t have a moment to put my thoughts together in a coherent manner! It has certainly been an exciting year on the kid-lit front. It all started with Vivian Kirkland’s 50 Precious Word Challenge. A challenge… Read more »