Relax and Read

I am pleased to announce that my first big book order arrived this week!  I now have a copy at the preschool; here’s a small fry enjoying Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker at the end of the day.  It feels just amazing to see a child enjoying my book 🙂 Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker will be released April 24, 2017.  OrderContinue reading “Relax and Read”

Joining the 12 by 12 Picture Book Challenge

In January I did something that makes me feel nervous and excited at the same time.  I joined the 12 by 12 picture book challenge. And now I will immerse myself in writing all year long. Although I’m very new to the world of writing, I believe in myself as a capable creator of children’s literature and I wantContinue reading “Joining the 12 by 12 Picture Book Challenge”

Collections

Katie Shaeffer would just love this tray of miscellaneous items!   It always amazes me how a simple collection of items can be so inspiring for a child.  My group of preschoolers can do amazing things with the most random objects. “Katie assembled and constructed; she glued and she taped; she stacked and she hammered, until finallyContinue reading “Collections”

Proof Copy

  Yay! Yippee! Hooray!!! Yesterday I received the proof copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker!  It sure feels like a long journey to get to this point. I am excited and nervous for the book release. Though it is possible to self publish without ordering the proof copy (I am first publishing through Ingram Spark), IContinue reading “Proof Copy”

Glitter Bottles

“Katie loved building things, she loved collecting things but most of all she loved pancakes.” –Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker Here’s an idea for those empty water bottles you may be collecting! You will need: clear plastic bottles hot water lily white corn syrup (if you use the darker corn syrup, you won’t really see theContinue reading “Glitter Bottles”

A Book Designed to Inspire

One of the many thoughts in my mind as I was writing Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker involved inspiration.  I love the way that picture books can inspire children’s play and I wanted to create a picture book that would inspire children to construct their own unique creations out of free reusable items that are readily available atContinue reading “A Book Designed to Inspire”

Cover Reveal!

Yay!  I can now show you the cover for Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker.  Hope you love it as much as I do! “What if I can use a little magic to make my pancakes?” she said to her toy horse. Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker will be available soon! I’m just waiting now for the finalContinue reading “Cover Reveal!”