April 20, 2020

One of the ways I've been handling being on lockdown during the COVID pandemic is by going outside at least once per day. Most days, around work and distance learning hours, my family and I kick around a ball or garden in our backyard, take long nature walks around our...

April 8, 2020

In times of grief, I've found there is one thing that helps me tremendously: reading poetry. Specifically the poetry of Emily Dickinson; and even more specifically, her poem that starts with the line "After great pain, a formal feeling comes—" I've come back to this (a...

March 31, 2020

Welp, I had grand plans of posting a new picture book review more than once per week. But alas! Homeschooling, freelance editing, children's book writing, cooking, cleaning (and gardening!), eating and sleeping have taken up most of my time. 

 I made this bread...and th...

March 24, 2020

Hi, everyone! Happy what-day-is-it?

As I mentioned here last week, I placed an order to my local independent bookstore, in order to: 

a) stock up on picture books before I wasn't able to leave the house for long (which, now in the UK, we're not)

b) support my local i...

March 18, 2020

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, I am thinking of you all and hoping you stay well and safe during the pandemic. I had drafted this blog post over a month ago, back when the world was a different place. I thought about not posting it today. But I am so proud of thi...

March 16, 2020

Oh my goodness, friends...where to begin? The past couple of weeks have been trying, at best, devastating, at worst. It's more-than-strange to now be writing the words "we are in the middle of a pandemic." I've read lots of apocalyptic novels in my day, but they've all...

March 10, 2020

Back in November, I delivered an online course to 12x12 Challenge, a group which motivates and inspires its members to write 12 picture book manuscripts throughout the year. Julie Hedlund has been running the group since 2012, and in addition to supporting members...

March 6, 2020

This Friday morning, the sun is shining through the window of my home office, my kids shouted "Fri-YAY!" all the way to school, and I'm already looking forward to the weekend (and celebrating Ed Brydon's birthday)!

This is the view from my office window today,

with a li...

February 10, 2020

Happy almost Valentine's Day, #kidlit lovers! Whether you celebrate this "holiday" or not, I want to tell you about something I really love:

Photo by Aung Soe Min on Unsplash

Self-publishing projects!

  • Yes, I have worked in "traditional" children's book publishing for...

November 21, 2019

The end of the year is always a flurry activity in the children's book world. Publishers are up against deadlines, trying to get those books to print before the end of the year. Readers and writers alike are poring over end-of-year Best-Of lists, "ordering fingers" at...

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