Monthly Archives: March 2014

Book Promotion with Mother Daughter (& Son) Book Reviews

Are you interested in promoting a children’s book? Renee from Mother Daughter (and Son) Book Reviews (MDBR) talks about children’s book promotion services at MDBR, how she came to start the website and tips for authors interested in marketing their books in a chat I had with her on Inkspokes. Interesting insights!

Maple Sugaring with Kids

In New England, one of the early signs of the coming spring is the running of the sugar maple sap. It is a wonderful time to be out with kids to visit small farms and see how maple syrup is made. It attunes us to the season. Here is my short piece on a maple…

In Search of Dragon’s Dingle

I recently came across Ngaire Elder’s children’s book The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Brimstone Forest. It is the first book in the Cecilia Spark series. Wonderfully imaginative, the story is filled with original characters such as Señorita Favorita, the flamenco-dancing (good) witch, and places of mystery like Dragon’s Dingle. The story is paired with illustrations…

Update on ‘The Lost City’

I have finished a draft of the third book in the Tilley Pond Mouse series! It will be titled Els Oot and the Lost City. Some familiar characters and a number of new ones to look forward to. Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the new book draft. Yay! I hope to finish this…

Cake Illustrations: A Chat with Cakelustrator Akiko White

I had great fun working on an interview with artist Akiko White. She uses cake (yes, cake) as a medium to make children’s illustrations. She calls them, quite appropriately, “cakelustrations”. The interview, together with some of Akiko’s cakelustrations, is posted at the Inkspokes Indie Publishing blog.

We Built this City

Have you ever built a city out of paper houses? It’s something you can do with kids indoors when the weather’s forbidding out (as has been some days this winter). Building a paper city can lend itself to a variety of learning projects, from mapping exercises to learning about geography and history. What about a…