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Working with my editor, Sylvie Frank, at Paula Wiseman Books (Simon & Schuster) on BITTY BOT has been an absolute dream come true. So, I was totally bowled over to learn recently that my picture book, WATER SONG, has also found a home at Paula Wiseman Books! This spare, lyrical rhyming text tells the life of a rainstorm from the very first drip to the final surprise. With illustrations by the incredible Richard Smythe, WATER SONG is going to be delightful and beautiful. Perfect for a rainy day read! Coming in 2017.
I am thrilled to announce that Cartwheel Books, an imprint of Scholastic, has acquired my rhyming picture book, JACK B. NINJA! I suppose this book can fall into the fractured fairytale category as it's based on the classic nursery rhyme, Jack Be Nimble. No word on an illustrator yet, and the publish date is probably 2017, but stay tuned. There's tons of ninja fighting fun to be had.
It was a huge week for my circle of 12x12 friends as four of us had deal announcements listed--me, Tara Lazar, Miranda Paul, and Tammi Sauer. See the full rundown here.
Remember the very first time you ever won a contest? Like, EVER?
For me, it was during my second grade year at Ridgeview Elementary in Liberty, Missouri. Every kid in the school was given a slip of paper and asked to create a bookmark design. I sat at my desk and brainstormed for thirty seconds or so, which probably felt like a really long time. And then I was struck with an idea.
My sweet little creative mind conjured up a visual gag along with a punny headline. “Lean over and reach for a book” with the Leaning Tower of Pisa next to a library. It was creative gold! I imagine it took me three to five minutes to finish my concept, which also probably felt like a really long time. I dropped my bookmark onto the pile with my classmates’ submissions and forgot about it. After all, I was late for recess.