Hello, spring!

I know most of the country is still getting blasted by winter, but here in New Orleans, spring is awakening. (It’ll be summer in about 24 hours, so enjoying it while it lasts!)

JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2018

  For the second year in a row, the Louisiana/Mississippi chapter of SCBWI knocked it outta the park! This is one of the best kidlit conferences I’ve attended, and I’ve been to a few. I tend to prefer regional conferences for the intimacy and depth of focus, not to mention the community building, and this one delivered. […]

Working on a new book

I’m spending lots of time in Renaissance Italy (in my head) as I work on writing a new book. Here are some of my inspirations… I’m really excited! Scroll over the pictures for tidbits about them.  

Book review: Martin Luther King, The Peaceful Warrior

I am excited to once again participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This year, I was delighted to receive Ed Clayton’s classic Martin Luther King, The Peaceful Warrior, updated with new illustrations by Donald Bermudez and a foreword by Xernona Clayton, published by Candlewick Press. See below for more info about tonight’s Twitter party; FREE BOOKS for teachers; FREE […]

Hello 2018

Whew! This past holiday season walloped me good. The family was all home, sometimes healthy, sometimes coughing and sneezing, but overall we celebrated with panache. Some photos from the past few weeks, and a sigh of relief as I turn back to my writing schedule. Stepping away really makes me appreciate returning to the page!