Hello Readers! Welcome to Kid Lit Village, where we feature new release children’s books every Monday. Today’s featured book is SQUISH SQUASH SQUISHED by Rebecca Kraft Rector and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte, set for release in February 2021.

Synopsis: When Max and Molly complain about being squished in the back seat of their gracious-spacious automobile, Mom invites their animal neighbors to ride along. They’d better figure out what to do before they’re truly SQUISH SQUASH SQUISHED!

Welcome to the Kid Lit Village blog, Rebecca and congratulations on the publication of your book!

Can you please share a piece of advice for children’s writers.

Get the ideas out of your head and onto the page. Even if you think it’s awful, keep writing. Remember, you can’t revise a blank page. 

It’s so true that sometimes our inner critic can take over and prevent us from writing anything!

What part of being a writer do you love most?

I love getting lost in my story, making myself laugh, and cheering for my characters. I also love being part of the wonderful kid lit community.

It is such a wonderful community and we’re glad you’re part of it too, Rebecca!

Unfortunately, rejection is a part of the writing game. Tell us, how do you build yourself up in the face of rejection.

I remind myself that the rejection is only one person’s opinion. I first wrote and submitted SQUISH SQUASH SQUISHED 20 years ago! It only takes one “yes” to find a home for your story. 

We’re so glad you got a yes for this story! Thanks for the interview.

Rebecca Kraft Rector
Squish Squash Squished, illus. Dana Wulfekotte (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Random House, Feb. 2021)
Little Red, illus. Shanda McCloskey (Aladdin, Simon & Schuster, Spring 2022)
Tria and the Great Star Rescue (Delacorte/Random House) 

Twitter: @RebeccaKRector 

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Published by cynthiahm

I am a preschool teacher/music teacher who loves to take photos and write stories in her spare time. My dream is to become a published author. Follow my journey as I work towards turning my dream into a reality.

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