Category: Children’s Books

A Picture Book Review of SHE LEADS

  SHE LEADS Written by June Smalls Illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara No. of Pages : 32 Ages 3-8 As a member of On The Scene in 19 (a group of debut picture book, chapter book and middle grade authors publishing in 2019/2020), I am literally surrounded by the wonderful work of these creative authors. SHE LEADS… Read more »

What an honor to be interviewed for Kathy Temean’s Illustrator Saturday, earlier this month! Writing and Illustrating Sharing Information About Writing and Illustrating for Children Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 4, 2019 Illustrator Saturday – Laurie Smollett Kutscera Laurie Smollett Kutscera’s passion for children’s book illustration and writing began at an early age. Childhood memories of The… Read more »

My Interview with #On The Scene In 19!

An Interview with Author Laurie Smollett Kutscera It’s always exciting when an opportunity to be interviewed arises, especially when you have a middle grade novel debuting in the Fall! Big thanks to #ONTHESCENEIN19 Please meet our very own adventurer, Laurie Smollett Kutscera. If you don’t find her sailing the high seas then she is probably… Read more »

Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Word Challenge is Back!

It’s that time of year! Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words Challenge has truly become an annual “EVENT”. The challenge, inspired to honor the birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, is a marvelous opportunity to craft a complete story for children 12 and under with a beginning, middle, and end. The key is to use… Read more »

Twas' A Busy Year!

YES, yes, I know, it’s been a while—but in my defense, its been such a hectic few months, I just didn’t have a moment to put my thoughts together in a coherent manner! It has certainly been an exciting year on the kid-lit front. It all started with Vivian Kirkland’s 50 Precious Word Challenge. A challenge… Read more »

50 Words or Less Writing Challenge!

I’m always up for a challenge, so when I discovered children’s author Vivian Kirkfield’s blog Picture Books Help Kids Soar and her 50 Precious Words contest, it immediately appealed to me. The challenge–as you would have guessed by the title–is to write a complete story (for children) in 50 words or less. Interesting, right? Well, I’m… Read more »

Pastel: Going Full Circle

  If you’ve ever worked in pastel you know you can never have enough space to work! The good news: I recently received some cool art supplies for Christmas! Blue Earth pastels in warm and cool violets and neutrals, a wood box to organize them by value, a sturdy clip-on daylight lamp, and an assortment… Read more »

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