Summer Reading Challenge

Hello Readers! I have decided to participate in Rena Traxel’s summer reading challenge.  Read 62 picture books in July and August.  You must read them in different places from Rena’s weekly list. Interested? You have until July 4th to enter if you want to do the challenge too. Reading all those picture books is great research. ShouldContinue reading “Summer Reading Challenge”

Need Your Input for Books in Progress

Let’s have some fun and choosing which books to self-publish/send out on submission next… I need a little reprieve from making decisions so maybe you can help. Here’s a synopsis of five different manuscripts I’m currently working on. I’d like to get your impression.  In the comments, let me know which story you’d most like to see made into aContinue reading “Need Your Input for Books in Progress”

A Real Life Katie Shaeffer

Though this does not count as inspiration for the book, here’s a great example of a real life Katie Shaeffer.  One of my preschoolers, age 5, wanted to bring something for show and tell and it could not be a toy.  He and his Mom showed incredible initiative, resourcefulness and creativity to visit the beach,Continue reading “A Real Life Katie Shaeffer”

Happy Book Birthday, Katie Shaeffer!

Katie Shaeffer is too young to use the stove. Katie is also an avid collector. She has just one wish. One dream. One desire.  Katie wants to make golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round PANCAKES all by herself. Enjoy this charming story and find out how Katie and her friend Baxter find a way toContinue reading “Happy Book Birthday, Katie Shaeffer!”

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”

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”

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!”