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Els Oot to Appear at Lexington Local Author Book Fair

Our local public library, Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA, is holding its annual Local Author Book Fair. It speaks a lot about a community that takes the time to celebrate books and local authors. And it’s a fun community event where you can meet authors, discover new books for yourself or a friend and…

Enter to Win the KidLit Joy Holiday $500 Giveaway Raffle

Holidays are around the corner. As thanks to our readers and fans, Inkspokes (the literacy e-zine I help edit) and I are joining with a group of KidLit creatives in holding a Holiday $500 Raffle Giveaway that will run from November 15. 2016 to December 15, 2016. One lucky participant will win an Amazon eGift card…

Book Review: Little Katie Goes to the Moon by Carmela Dutra

Little Katie Goes to the Moon by children’s author Carmela Dutra is part imaginative adventure and part science lesson. As little Katie and her puppy Smudge make their imaginative journey to be moon (donning their space suits, bunny-hopping on the lunar surface and feeling the rumble of moonquakes), the reader is treated to delectable bits of…

A Visit with Rob Bounds and the Budgerigars

In May of this year, I had a chance to re-visit with author and illustrator Rob Bounds. He’s the author of a book titled Dandelion Blue that caught my eye both with its colorful panoply of budgerigars and a message that being different is not only okay but is sometimes that which saves us. He also taught…

Book Review: The Santa Switch by Laura Lee Scott

Sometimes a change in perspective makes all the difference. That’s what happens in The Santa Switch by author Laura Lee Scott. This is Jessica Claus’ story, done in a fun, modern tale of adventure that also seeks to teach us something more. Something about understanding, caring and kindness. You can read my review of The…

Five Fun Ideas to Nourish Your Soul on Leap Day

This Monday will be February 29 and a leap day, that extra day in the year we’re given every four years or so (though not always). My author friend Carmela Dutra invited me to join a blog hop on what we might do with these “bonus” 24 hours. She compiled a wonderful list for what…

Selling a Christmas-Hanukkah Book in February

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to chat with author David Michael Slater and illustrator Andy Catling. They were in the process of publicizing an idea for a children’s book intended for families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah or Chrismukkah (to be titled Hanukkah Howie vs. Santa Claus). That was February – which…

Upcycled Art: An Interview with Elza Zijlstra

In the category of fresh, interesting illustrators, I interviewed earlier this year artist Elza Zijlstra who creates art out of discarded objects found along the beach and eclectic images from vintage magazines. Her logo: TrashWorks. Elza’s artwork is a blend of life, art and storytelling and reminds us that art is in the ordinary things all…