The Next Big Thing Blog Tour

 

What is the Next Big Thing? It is an author blog tour. What’s a blog tour? A blog tour gives those on the tour a chance to meet different authors by way of their blogs. The Next Big Thing began in Australia. Each week a different author answers specific questions about his or her upcoming book. The answers are posted on author’s blogs. Then we get to tag another author. On and on it goes.

The tour came to me from Tanya Lee Stone over on INK. She was tagged by our mutual friend Elizabeth Winthrop. She was tagged by her friend Eric Kimmel.Read more

To Dog or Not To Dog? To Blog or Not to Blog?

Lately I’ve been getting very nice emails about Fun Dog, Sun Dog and Cool Dog, School Dog. (Cool Dog is featured in the Scholastic Book Fair this fall.) And it has me all riled up. Well, truth be told, I’m all riled up anyway: SHOULD I GET A DOG? This is the longest I have ever gone in my life without a pet. I grew up with Missy, a yappy but smart and sweet Miniature Schnauzer. (Photo below is, I think, Missy #1. I remember Missy #2.)

I still love Schnauzers whenever I see them, and make a fool of myself talking to them on the street.… Read more

In Celebration of Banned Book Week: Why I Write For Children (and a Correction)

 The other night my son Aaron and I had dinner with my niece Laurie and her not-quite-five year-old, Henry. Below is a transcript from Aaron about a conversation they had that I did not hear. Reading this, and knowing that Henry’s name is Henry Miller Brotman, you will understand not only why I write for children but also why I erroneously referred to my Herman Miller Aeron Chair as my Henry Miller Aeron Chair.  (I still think of it that way.) 

Herewith, then, in my first blog post in celebration of Banned Book Week, I offer proof that children are a whole lot smarter than some adults give them credit for: 

Henry (poking): You have a bone in your neck.… Read more

Printz Speeches! Watch the videos!

I am happy to report that the Printz speech videos are on the YALSA web site. Here’s a link to mine. I have not watched it and probably won’t watch it for a while because I will just want to edit it as I keep doing in my sleep.  But I hope you enjoy it! 

If you click here you can see Libba Bray’s, John Barnes’, Adam Rapp’s, and Rick Yancy’s. They were all so very moving and inspiring. Unfortunately the "famous" (o.k., famous in kidlit circles? famous in nerd circles? famous in my apt?) KISS is just off camera; it happens in Libba’s speech near the beginning.… Read more

Who is in that photo?

 

 

Front row, Printz winners: Rick Yancy, honor book winner for THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST (SIMON AND SCHUSTER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS); Libba Bray, winner for GOING BOVINE (DELACORTE), me, John Barnes honor book winner for TALES OF THE MADMAN UNDERGROUND (VIKING), and, invisible (he had to leave early) ADAM RAPP honor book winner for PUNKZILLA (CANDLEWICK)

THE PRINTZ COMMITTEE: Starting in the second row: JACK MARTIN, CHERYL KARP WARD (CHAIR, SHE OF THE KISSED FEET), SALLY LEAHY, TERI LESESNE, ANN THEIS, PRISCILLE DANDO, CONNIE JO MITCHELL, ANGELA LEEPER, AND 
THIRD ROW: JOHN SEXTON.
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Why Deborah 18? It’s all about life. And royalty.

Back when I first signed on to livejournal, I didn’t know I’d have my own blog. (I was joining a group blog from a poetry workshop.) I had to pick a user name and I picked Deborah18 because

I didn’t know any better–I should have just picked Deborah Heiligman, I guess. Branding and all that. But also because

The number 18 was always a very important number to me–because it was to my mother. Mom was always about life, and in Hebrew 18 is Chai, which means life.

Years ago, my husband and I got my mom a vanity license plate that was her intials plus 18.… Read more