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. […]

Happy Halloween 2017!

It’s a mighty busy day, so I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking… Costumes! I love that my kids still want to make their own costumes. Er, I should say, have me “help” them with cans of spray paint and my sewing machine. Spooky stories! I was going to read a couple of […]

Book review: Santa’s Gift

Start your holiday shopping early! Children’s book author Angie Karcher and illustrator Dana Karcher have created an adorable picture book sure to inspire the spirit of giving. Told in cheerful rhyming verse with bright, detailed illustrations, Santa’s Gift is the unusual true story of a giant statue of Santa, and what happens when it disappears. The […]

Happy National Poetry Month

Poetry books are popping up like Easter eggs! Since I reviewed Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson, Quarto for Kids/MoonDance Press has published three more titles in their Poetry for Kids series. They’ve chosen some wonderful American writers; crossing fingers that the publisher branches out into poets of color, too. I haven’t read these yet, but […]

Book review: The Little Linebacker

As part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day I received the uplifting softcover picture book The Little Linebacker: A Story of Determination by Stephen Tulloch and Maria Dismondy, illustrated by Heather Heyworth. Sure to appeal to young football (or other sport) fans, The Little Linebacker is the story of young Stephen Tulloch, who grows up to be a […]