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THE FIREFLY SUMMER by Morgan Matson (MG) — Summer Reading

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is an actual blog post. I know, I can hardly believe it, either. I read a book this week that I wanted to share with you, and here we are. (Note, which you’ve likely figured out by now: the image is not the cover image from the book….

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Julie Hedlund’s Resolution Revolution!

Image by Bich Tran, from pexels.com Children’s author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year.  She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made comes from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the…

Website Redo is DONE!

Photo by Johannes Plenio from pexels.com Dusts off hands, polishes corners, looks around in satisfaction… The website redo is DONE! Bet you thought it would take longer. I certainly did. I may still tweak some things — I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t. But for the most part it’s done. The banners were created…

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ALPHABEDTIME by Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Betsy Snyder. Special BLOG TOUR PPBF!

Blog Tour Stop! Everybody ready? Susanna Leonard Hill’s new ALPHABEDTIME! has frolicked onto bookstore shelves all over, and we’re celebrating here, there, and everywhere. Today I have an extra-special Perfect Picture Book Friday, to celebrate the newest book-baby of our very own PPBF Founder, Susanna! Title: Alphabedtime! Author: Susanna Leonard Hill (yes, THE Susanna Leonard Hill) Illustrator: Betsy…

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Coming on October 28th (a heads-up, teaser post)

You aren’t seeing things! I’ve brought my blog out of storage because I want to make sure you come back two weeks from today, on Perfect Picture Book Friday, October 28, for A Boisterous, Comical, Delightful, Engaging, Fun-filled, Glorious, Hilarious, Inspirational, Jazzy, Kooky, Lighthearted and slightly Lagomorphic, Magical, Nocturnal (in a way), Out-of-the-ordinary, Playful, Quirkily…

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New and Improved Flubs2Fixes: Now with Developmental Editing!

After that title, I feel as though I should say 98% fewer cavities. When you think about it, in a way editing is like dealing with cavities – cavities in one’s manuscript. Do you have plot holes to fill? Weak characters? Try new, improved Flubs2Fixes: now with developmental editing! Weak analogy aside, I’m happy to…

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It’s Time for a Storm: a STORYstorm!

Every January, Tara Lazar hosts an amazing challenge/event called StoryStorm, in which participants are challenged to come up with 30 story ideas in the 31 days of the month. These ideas can be for picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels — whatever you write. They can be detailed, with ideas for…