February 29, 2016

Tags: ACHOO! WHY POLLEN COUNTS, Shennen Bersani, pollen, first picture book

Award-winning illustrator Shennen Bersani talks about her debut as an author. ACHOO! WHY POLLEN COUNTS teaches children about bees, pollen, and the pollination process through the story of a baby bear and his allergy.


February 21, 2016

Tags: The MONSTORE, Tara Lazar, James Burks, Simon & Schuster, first picture book, PiBoIdMo

Tara Lazar is a busy woman—a mom, wife, children's book writer, workshop presenter, and creator of PiBoIdMo. But thankfully, she carved out some time to reflect on her first picture book, THE MONSTORE—a Finalist for the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award.


February 15, 2016

Tags: Wednesday is Spaghetti Day, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, Scholastic, first picture book

Maryann Cocca-Leffler is the author and illustrator of over 50 books for children, including A HOMEMADE TOGETHER CHRISTMAS, JANINE, AND THE PRINCESS K.I.M. books. But today she is talking about the first picture book that she wrote and illustrated. Long before the movie "The Secret Lives of Pets", there was WEDNESDAY IS SPAGHETTI DAY!" (more…)


February 8, 2016

Tags: Halloweena, Miriam Glassman, Victoria Roberts, Atheneum, first picture book

Miriam Glassman is the author/illustrator of CALL ME OKLAHOMA!, selected as one of the New York Public Library's "Best 100 Children's Books of 2013." She is also the author of a humorous middle-grade novel, BOX TOP DREAMS. But today we are chatting with her about her very first picture book, HALLOWEENA.

There Goes the Ghost!

February 1, 2016

Tags: Victoria Sherrow, THERE GOES THE GHOST, first picture book

My first Q&A blog entry starts with Victoria Sherrow—author of over 80 books for teens and children. She teaches at The Institute of Children’s Literature and at Write Yourself Free where I was fortunate enough to be her student. Some of her picture books include CHIPMUNK AT HOLLOW TREE LANE and WILMA RUDOLPH: AN ON MY OWN BIOGRAPHY. But today we are talking about her very first picture book: THERE GOES THE GHOST. (more…)