Have you heard complaints about the deterioration of the language? How kids don’t learn cursive anymore? How texting is ruinous? Well, it’s nothing new! Today, in honor of Ben Franklin’s 313th birthday, I’d like to invoke a birthday Festivus and air his grievances. Ben Franklin is a historical rock star with his endless curiosity, sharp wit, … More Happy Birthday, Ben Franklin!
This is the second in a new series I hope to grow – about what goes on “behind the scenes” in writing for children. If you put together all the writing that’s done for a picture book, it would be enough for a novel. All the revisions. All the cuts. Ideas tried and dumped. Information … More Behind the Scenes: Out-Takes from An Inconvenient Alphabet
What a perfect time of year! What a perfect place! What a thrill to do my first school visit where my writing journey began – at Woodview Elementary School in Grayslake, IL! Last Friday, while visiting family in the area, I returned to the school where I attended 2nd through 5th grade, oh so long … More Of Home and Gratitude
“Revising for Heart”- shaping, connecting, honing, reframing, filling in the potholes. … More Mining for Heart: “Revising for Heart”
WooHoo! I’m thrilled to share the cover as “our” book steps out into the world with its ISBN number and (soon) listings in cyberspace! A picture book is a collaboration, and there are so many people who have contributed to this: Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, my agent who found the right editor; Sylvie Frank, the editor who … More An Inconvenient Alphabet – Cover Reveal!