Celebrating the book releases of a few friends

There’s nothing like cheering on a friend as their new book baby is born to the world. Put your hands together to help celebrate the release of amazing books by four of my talented Austin friends. Click here to join the applause.   Author Don Tate IT JES’ HAPPENED (Lee & Low Books, April 2012)… Read more »

Joan Lowery Nixon Award Finalist

I’m woefully behind on my blog posts. There’s good stuff on the way, I promise. For now, I’m pleased to share that, at the recent 2012 Houston SCBWI conference, I was humbled and flattered that multi-award winning author/illustrator, and TV show creator/producer Dan Yaccarino nominated my picture book biography manuscript for the Joan Lowery Nixon… Read more »

Natural Environments Disappearing from Children’s Literature

Recently, my friend author Samantha Clark shared a link to a USA Today article I would recommend to all of you. It is titled Study: New Children’s books lack reference to nature, animals.  In it, the journalist presents startling results from a multi-university study of Caldecott winners and honorees between 1938-2008. The impetus of the… Read more »

Gone Revising

Pardon the blog interruption while I hunker down for some serious revising. I’ll be back mid-February. Happy writing!

Donna’s 2011 Reading List- (At least most of them)

Meet Mittens. Promoted from paper weight to list keeper. In January 2011, I pulled out a crisp new spiral notebook and penned the words “Donna’s Reading Log” on the front. My plan was to list every book I read in 2011. I’ve posted previously about the fluid picture book log I keep, complete with word… Read more »

My 2011 Favorite blogs to follow

2011 has been a great year to follow our favorite publishing professionals through their individual blogs. Today, I direct your attention to the blogs I’ve followed throughout the year. Trust me, you’ll want to follow them, too. Drum roll, please. (look to the left) BLOG ROLL 2011

Texas Book Festival 2011- My personal highlights

The only photo I took was of Kadir Nelson. Another Texas Book Festival has come and gone. Sigh! Thousands of people crowded the streets surrounding the state capitol, where a tent city housed book sellers, music, children’s entertainment, and author readings and signings. Inside, seemingly every nook, cranny, chamber, and extension room of the capitol… Read more »

Texas Book Festival- It’s tiiiiiime

The 2011 Texas Book Festival kicks off this weekend, October 22-23. I’ll join 40,000 of my closest friends at the State Capitol complex in Austin. I’ve lined up my own personal festival schedule, prioritizing which sessions, signings, and readings I simply can’t miss. That’s important because I’ll be making multiple treks between this bookish slice… Read more »

Mock Book Covers: Q & A With E. Kristin Anderson

The first impression we have of a book always begins with the cover. The visual introduction makes promises about the story before the spine is ever cracked. Even in classrooms around the country, students are encouraged to illustrate covers to their stories. It’s the final touch for the author and the first impression for the… Read more »