Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to a new weekly feature here on my author blog!  I’m participating in Rena Traxel’s summer reading challenge and having a ton of fun while reading and discovering new and different picture books.  Here are some photos from this week. Rena has challenged us to find new a different places to read with a differentContinue reading “Summer Reading Challenge: Week 1”

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”

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”

Books About Pancakes

When I decided to write “Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker” I felt I could not find the just right book about pancakes to read to my preschool class.  I was in search of a pancake book because I love to read a story and then extend the story somehow and making pancakes is a favourite activity forContinue reading “Books About Pancakes”

Getting Inspiration

For me, inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker was inspired in part by the book Loose Parts , Inspiring Play in Young Children written by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky. The book is full of beautiful photographs of loose parts arranged to inspire play in young children.  Here are a fewContinue reading “Getting Inspiration”

Books About Pancakes

When I decided to write “Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker” I felt I could not find the just right book about pancakes to read to my preschool class.  I was in search of a pancake book because I love to read a story and then extend the story somehow and making pancakes is a favourite activity forContinue reading “Books About Pancakes”

Fifty Tips for New Picture Book Authors Who Wish to Self-Publish

Okay, I’ll admit I’m no expert but I do like to share so here’s my list of 50 tips for brand new writers and self-publishers of the kid-lit variety. Show don’t tell  You will hear this a lot.  In a nutshell, this means your words need to paint a picture by including details, coversation andContinue reading “Fifty Tips for New Picture Book Authors Who Wish to Self-Publish”