Pancake Day!

Hello Readers! Pancake Day is Tuesday, March 1st 2022. Did you know Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday? In the Christian tradition, people indulged in pancakes just before Lent, when it was customary to give up the ingredients in pancakes (eggs, sugar, milk). I wrote this book for teachers and librarians who mayContinue reading “Pancake Day!”

Kid Lit Village: Gratitude

Hello Everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I just want to thank all the children’s authors and illustrators who’ve shared their stories with me. It takes a leap of faith to put yourself out there and answer questions that are available to all on social media. Thank you for trusting me with your creative work and beingContinue reading “Kid Lit Village: Gratitude”

Kid Lit Village: More Interviews Coming

Hello Kid Lit Village blog readers! Thank you so much for stopping by. What a year! There has been more than one author or illustrator reach out to me to either cancel or reschedule interviews because of delays. Wonderful books that authors, illustrators and editors have been hard at work creating but now release datesContinue reading “Kid Lit Village: More Interviews Coming”

Kid Lit Love: The Voice That Won the Vote

I am thrilled to be returning to my Kid Lit Love series featuring picture books from members of the Kid Lit Community! Today’s book is titled THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE by Elisa Boxer, illustrated by Vivien Mildenberger, published by Sleeping Bear Press. Synopsis: 2020 marks the women’s suffrage centennial. In 1920, after decadesContinue reading “Kid Lit Love: The Voice That Won the Vote”

Family Literacy Week!

Did you know Family Literacy Week is January 26 – February 2 this year? Supporting literacy does not require a lot of materials. It can be as simple as having conversations together, going for walks and noticing environmental print, reading a story or making a grocery list. This year’s theme is “Read Together”. Look hereContinue reading “Family Literacy Week!”

Giveaway Time!

Okay, I’m a little behind schedule with my giveaway but here we go! This is great for picture book lovers, teachers, librarians, parents and grandparents. You can win Picture the Sky, by Barbara Reid and a signed copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker! The winner will also receive a pdf copy of my story stretchersContinue reading “Giveaway Time!”

Ten Picture Books Every Preschool Teacher Must Have!

Today is #10pbfor10 day!  This is the day to pick 10 picture books you cannot live without.  Here are mine!     And…I have some exciting news!  In my upcoming giveaway, I’m giving story stretcher ideas for all of these beauties!  I hope you’ll enter!  Giveaway starts here August 14th.  You can enter via FacebookContinue reading “Ten Picture Books Every Preschool Teacher Must Have!”

Wednesday Writing Update

Hello Readers, I’m keeping myself honest with weekly writing updates. So this week I’ve been on vacation. Just keeping it real. Even so, I’ve done four critiques on picture books in progress. So that’s something. And today I spent a little time revising a fiction pb that is loosely based on an actual person ofContinue reading “Wednesday Writing Update”