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Make A BABYMOON Day Of It In Acton, MA!

I’ll visit ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—จ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป tomorrow for an ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ ๐—ฎ๐—บ BABYMOON story time, tiny doll craft, and book signing. The weather’s supposed to be springtime-perfect, so why not stay and make a day of it in Acton, MA? Here’s how: ๐—”๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜-๐—œ๐—ป-๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ & ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€ Nancyโ€™s Airfield Cafรฉโ€” Eat pancakes. Watch airplanes. Need I say more?ย 302…

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Behold…Babymoon

I guess I know a lot of people. But still. The outpouring of joy and wonder and animated-balloon congratulations from every single corner of my life, for me and for Juana Martinez-Nealโ€”for both of usโ€”from writers, illustrators, agency mates and publishing people, from librarians and educators, dear, dear friends (I won’t say old friends, Diana,…

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Sleepless With Suspense

I’ve been carrying BABYMOON in my heart and hopes for years and years. From early on, others helped me bear the burdenโ€”my husband and children, family, friends, and critique partners. But mostly, I lugged it myself. Through early mornings and sleepless nights, from wonder to work to worry, it has been my constant care and…

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Where Hope Springs

Yesterday, I posted here for the first time in over a year. I was lucky to get to announce my friend Alison Goldberg’s cover reveal for her upcoming picture book I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES. This morning, I’m scrolling back through all the supportive comments, the happy tweets and retweets, the Facebook joy…

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Alison Goldberg’s Big Moment!

It is my great honor to host Alison Goldberg today as she reveals the cover for her debut picture book, I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES, coming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux next December. (How will we wait??) Alison, this is so exciting! I’ve watched this book transform from an idea to a manuscript….

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Are You A Loca-Lex?

When we were newlyweds, my husband and I liked to visit antique shops and buy old, beautifully bound books. We imagined they’d someday grace bookshelves flanking a cozy fireplace, perched there in inviting repose, waiting to be enjoyed by fresh eyes. I had only one slightly snobbish rule as we shopped: Any book we considered…

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The Almost ABCs of Your First SCBWI Conference

You’re doing it. Maybe you’ve meant to for a long while. Maybe it was a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve just learned that a professional organization for children’s literature exists and you want to check it out. At any rate, you’ve decided to attend your first SCBWI conference. Terrific! The conference I know best is…

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Worth The Waitโ€”Heartfelt Thanks To A Book Auntie

Adults give books to children because we remember, often from our own childhoods, their lasting gifts of pleasure, surprise, and enlightenment. We remember, and so we’re willing to wait for the moment when the child steps away from whiz-bang, light-up, push-button entertainment and picks up the book we selected just for them. We trust the…

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I’m Reading in the Rain!

I won’t borrow a book from you. If you absolutely, positively insist, I’ll accept your book and take it home. Once home, I’ll stash it somewhere until I can get my own copy. Then I’ll return yours. Why? Because I love to destroy books. That’s putting it too strongly. What I mean is this:ย ย If I…

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Long Live The Also-Reads!

Some people prefer to focus on one book at a time. I like to have a few going. I generally have The Book, a new one that’s my primary read, and an assortment of also-reads. Also-reads are books I’ve read and enjoyed before or books that are rollicking reading romps. I trust them and look…

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