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Picture Book Month and Authors For Earth Day

I’ve been hiding lately. Hiding is a synonym for working. So that’s a good thing. But I’ve posted two blogs on two really great sites that I would like to share with you. First, I joined a group called Authors For Earth Day. Check it out here. I will be doing a school visit for them in Pennsylania in March and I also wrote a blog last month. Here it is.

And this month is Picture Book Month! Check out my essay on Why Picture Books are Important here. Full disclosure: HUGGING is involved.

See you soon!

Some Great Books!


In this hiatus between turning in my draft and getting started on revisions, I’ve been purging files and things, and organizing. I still am. But I’ve also been reading a lot, and I thought I’d share some of the books I read this summer. I read mostly adult books (meaning not kids or YA). Here are the ones I either loved or liked a lot. I’d love to know what you’ve read that you’d recommend.

Elena Ferrante: My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name

Carol Shields: Stone Diaries 

Elizabeth Gilbert: Signature of All ThingsAmy Bloom: Lucky Us

Uwem Akpan: Say You’re One of Them

Carol Rifka Brunt: Tell The Wolves I’m Home

Rufi Thorpe: The Girls From Corona del Mar

Oh, and it seems I’ll be talking to my editor next week. So if I disappear, I’m either deep in revisions, or in Antarctica. Below are two things we are not getting rid of. IMG_2010

What I do While I Wait for Comments


I turned in my manuscript end of July and almost immediately went to the beach. That was magical. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been cleaning and organizing and purging and weeding and giving away. If you have ever been in my office, you would probably think someone else lived here now. But it is me. Me, waiting. I am not unhappy waiting. I am happy to have the break, to have time away from the manuscript myself. I am happy to clean and sort and organize. I am also learning how to sharpen knives. To use in COOKING, silly.

I’ve also updated my appearances page, which  you can find here.

This is seriously the most boring blog post I’ve ever written. I might have to start looking for the Next Book while I wait. (Suggestions welcome!) In the meantime, here’s a photo that shows how busy we were on vacation.

beach shells