April 2, 2019—International Children’s Book Day and Babymoon’s happy birthday!
April 7, 2019—Babymoon at The Blue Bunny Books and Toys, 11 am
May 7-8, 2019—Babymoon at the 2019 Partners in Perinatal Health Conference
May 11, 2019—Babymoon at Magic Beans in Brookline, MA, 1pm
May 18, 2019—Babymoon Story Time at The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, Acton, MA, 11 am
August 1-4—What Miss Mitchell Saw pre-publication premiere on her home island of Nantucket! Details to come!
September 3, 2019—What Miss Mitchell Saw’s happy book birthday!
October 19-20—What Miss Mitchell Saw and Babymoon at the Boston Book Festival. Details to come!
I delight in talking to kids of all ages and adults about writing, reading and the publishing process. Our time together can be anything from a fun read-aloud of one of my books to an in-depth, interactive workshop. I can provide activities to enrich the experience and foster curriculum connections. I’m happy to work with you to customize a presentation.
Picture Book Basics and Beyond—Can you tell an engaging story from start to finish in 500 words or less?
Editing Like An Editor—We work with one of my manuscripts at three different stages of development—initial submission, an expanded version, and finally, the finished text awaiting publication. Students learn how the publishing process depends on compromise and collaboration. They test their editorial instincts by cutting and shaping a real manuscript. Finally, they compare their choices to those of a professional editor. All editorial gain, no editorial pain.
That Squirrel Is Nuts! Creating True-To-Life Characters—Students will learn the nuts and bolts of how writers develop complex, engaging, relatable characters. We’ll explore the importance of research in character development. Finally, students will begin creating characters of their own.
I’d love to say hello to your class or book group via Skype. Let’s schedule a free 15-minute visit.
Whether you’re interested in an in-person or virtual author visit, please fill out the form on my contact page. Use “author visit” in the subject line. I’ll get back to you to discuss your specific needs, my availability, and rates.
February 1st is always World Read Aloud Day!
Let’s celebrate World Read Aloud Day together! We’ll choose a book that suits your class for a read-aloud. We’ll also have time for Q & A.
Teachers & Librarians: Please fill out the form on my contact page with WRAD in the subject line to request a free, 20-minute Skype visit. I’ll get back to you with my availability.
April 29-May 5, 2019
To celebrate 100 years of Children’s Book Week, KidLit TV interviewed 100 children’s book creators, and I’m one of them! Starting in late March, catch my interview on KidLit TV. I’ll talk about why I wrote BABYMOON, how I learned more about my characters thanks to Juana Martinez-Neal’s illustrations, and why I need a much, much bigger bathtub.