Category: Children’s Books

2023 50 Precious Words Contest!

It’s always a pleasure joining in on the fun whenever @VivianKirkfield is involved. Especially when it comes to her #50Precious Words Contest. It’s no easy task crafting a story with a beginning, middle and end in 50 words or less, but its fun trying. And the best part is reading all the clever, well written… Read more »

Maya’s Treasure will be published by Peter Pauper Press!

It is a dream come true that this story is about to become a picture book published by Peter Pauper Press. It is beautifully printed and produced, far beyond my expectations, which I must say were high. Thank you Mara Conlon, Jax Berman and of course my wonderful agent Matt Belford for getting me here.

Even Heroes Feel Sad: Fighting Coronavirus Together

Collaborations are a wonderful thing, especially when you’re teaming up with an inspiring author, Kate Allen Fox. In response to a competition hosted by Emory University’s Global Health Institute, Kate  had written a lovely picture book for children about Covid- 19, that needed to be illustrated. The problem was, the deadline was just a week… Read more »

A Lovely Review from Always In The Middle

Misadventures of a Magician’s Son Posted on April 12, 2020by Greg Pattridge There’s nothing like a little magical escapism to chase away the bad news in the world. Middle school is hard enough, but more so for Alex. He’s in a new town after his famous magician father passed away attempting to create a new… Read more »


I can’t believe I’m saying this…TODAY, MY BOOK IS OUT IN THE WORLD! Happy Book Birthday!

Introducing Joel Goldman, Magician Extraordinaire!

  One of the joys of writing MISADVENTURES OF A MAGICIAN’S SON was delving into the art of magic. Enter Joel Goldman, magician extraordinaire. I spent many hours working with Joel, studying his technique and learning his craft. I was mesmerized watching his variety of shuffles, fans and sleight of hand maneuvers. Alexander Finn is a… Read more »

And The Winners Are…….

                    VIVIAN KIRKFIELD’S WOW! Congratulations to all the Winners and Honorable Mentions of the #50PreciousWord contest. I am thrilled that my entry FIREFLY was selected and included with such wonderful, heartfelt and hilarious finalists. If you want to read all the marvelous entries, click on the… Read more »

Read On!

                    BIRD COUNT by Susan Edwards Richmond Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman Peachtree Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-56145-954-4 While we are all looking for activities during our self imposed quarantine, birdwatching might be the perfect answer. I know…Christmas Bird Count is over, for now–but there are… Read more »

Read On!

One of the advantages of writing for young readers is discovering Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture book Challenge and KidLit 411. These two marvelous writing communities have given me the opportunity to connect with some pretty amazing authors. And I am thrilled to share a few of their recent picture books with you! I CAMPAIGNED FOR… Read more »

Get Ready for another #50 Precious Words Contest!

 It’s that time of year again! VIVIAN KIRKFIELD’S #50preciouswords-2020-contest-is-officially-open/ If you feel up to the challenge, here are the submission guidelines: Your story should be appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.Title is not… Read more »