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

One of the more challenging aspects of writing picture books…
All We Know cover

Meeting Illustrators

One of the things I love most about writing picture books is…
RockAByeRomp cradle cropped

Timing is Everything

I have two new picture books out this month, published a week…
One Family

One Family = Counting + Unity

One of the things I love about picture books is that they can…
★  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),…
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…
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…