Happy 2011- I’m Keeping a Lid on my Goals this year

Happy 2011! Like most people, I’ve been thinking about goals for this shiny new year. Most of you will do as I have done in the past and shout your goals from the nearest roof top, or blog, or bathroom mirror. I know it feels empowering on the day of such declaration when you’re full… Read more »

A Slippery, Slimy Christmas Memory

Every holiday, my mind wanders to memories of Christmases past. Some family experiences are just too funny not to share, especially when young children are involved. I wrote the following recollection shortly after the 2002 “episode.”   It still makes us all giggle. Rest in peace, dear Thumper (1991-2009) Thumper Slippery, Slimy Christmas                                    … Read more »

Best Children’s Books of 2010

Have you compiled a list of your favorite titles from 2010? See how your preferences compare with a few other lists. Note, some of these links will take you directly to the nonfiction lists. From there, you’ll find links for other genres as well. 2010 Hornbook Fanfare (best books) Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of… Read more »


A few weeks ago, I posted book trailers and release dates for a slew of Austin authors. This past Sunday, November 14th, a trifecta book launch party was held at Austin’s Book People for Bethany Hegedus, Brian Yansky, and Cynthia Leitich Smith. For some reason, I’m unable to load the adorable photo of the day’s… Read more »

Curriculum, Coaches, Teacher Guides. Oh My!

Happy Friday! It’s been a hectic week in my little corner of the world. I won’t bore you with the challenges of being home with a sick child while the refrigerator goes on the blink. And I refuse to paint the pitiful picture of ice chests now holding the contents of said fridge and freezer…. Read more »

Regional Books for Kids

Many of the nonfiction books I’ve featured have involved historical subjects and biographies. Today, let’s look at some titles set closer to home. Regional nonfiction for kids. After all, every kid should know about his/her home state. Now, my state of Texas is, well, BIG, and there are oodles of titles hitting the shelves each… Read more »

Better late than never- Recounting a Picture Perfect Workshop

From Left: Lisa Wheeler, Stephanie Greene, Sarah Sullivan, Don Tate Obviously, I’m a little behind with blog posts of late. I spent the last two weeks putting a spit-shine on my current work-in-progress, which is now in the hands of my dream agent. Keep fingers crossed! I can’t let another day go by without sharing… Read more »

Mark Your Calendars. Good News Keeps Coming

Mark your calendars folks. The good news in and around the Austin kid-lit community keeps rolling in. If you miss Cynthia Leitich Smith or Brian Yansky or Bethany Hegedus at the Texas Book Festival, don’t despair. They’re joining forces for one of the biggest book launch parties in Central Texas. Sunday, November 14, 2010. 2:00pm… Read more »

Texas Book Festival – Some Fabulous Local Authors

Featured Authors:Cynthia Leitich Smith Lisa RailsbackBrian Yansky Chris BartonApril Lurie Bethany HegedusI hope I haven’t missed anyone Every Fall, when the temperature finally drops below ninety degrees and the humidity plummets to an energizing low, I can feel Texas Book Festival weekend approaching. Well, here it is. The 2010 Texas Book Festival rolls out the… Read more »