Just released!

Hey, Coach! (and the Value of Trying Again)

One of the more challenging aspects of writing picture books…
RockAByeRomp cradle cropped

Timing is Everything

I have two new picture books out this month, published a week…
★  PW: "A boisterous update of this seasonal song." (Oct 2015); B&N's Top Picture Book of the Month

Meet Kim Smith--and OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOOD Giveaway!

I really admire artistic talent (since I have so little myself),…
All We Know cover

Meeting Illustrators

One of the things I love most about writing picture books is…
One Family

One Family = Counting + Unity

One of the things I love about picture books is that they can…
Lillian's Right to Vote

Celebrating the Right to Vote

When I think of non-fiction books with a distinctive voice, I…
I'm My Own Dog

Dog Adopts Man (and Other Role Reversals)

Manuscript feeling a bit stale? Need a fresh take on the ordinary?…

SCBWI Carolinas Conference September 2015

The SCBWI Carolinas chapter has another fabulous conference coming…
Llama Llama Red Pajama

Learning from Llamas

Not sure how I missed Anna Dewdney's bestselling Llama Llama…

Zachariah OHora Interview and Book Giveaway

I've been a fan of Zach OHora's books ever since spotting one…
Wild About Us!

Queen of the Rollicking Read-Alouds

Karen Beaumont, one of my favorite picture book authors, has…
France 2014

Twenty Year Anniversary and Book Giveaway

Twenty years ago this month I quit my job at UCLA to write children's…

Few Words, Plenty of Action

Author Margie Palatini is known for her lively, clever, and pun-filled…

Poetry for Picture Book Writers

Reading poetry—in particular, reading poetry aloud—can be…
You Byun

You Byun and Little Baby Buttercup

To celebrate the publication of Little Baby Buttercup (Nancy…
★Booklist: "Beautifully paced, rhymed, and cadenced."
Nathaniel Currier, circa 1846 (public domain via Library of Congress)

Navigating Step by Step through Your Picture Book

I recently taught a picture book writing webinar called "Strong…
SLJ: "A sweet and funny tale about making unlikely friends in familiar places."

Meet Agent Jennifer Mattson (plus a Giveaway!)

Over at PictureBookBuilders, I interview my excellent agent,…

Where Can I Get Your Books?

I get asked this question a lot, and it's not always easy to…

David LaRochelle on Challenging Himself (Plus a Giveaway!)

Over at PictureBookBuilders, find out how David LaRochelle challenged…

Charlotte EpicFest Starts Nov 3rd!

The Charlotte Mecklenberg Library Foundation holds its annual…

Dialogue Stories--And a Giveaway!

Writing a story using only dialogue—no narration, no he said/she…