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Hope Street Block Party

May 19, 2017

Tags: Providence, Rhode Island, Hope Street Block Party, storytime


Eat, play, and make cool stuff at the Hope Street Block Party in Providence tomorrow! Join me for storytime, crafts, and treats in the kids' tent. I'll be hanging with the Rhode Island children's book creators Gaia Cornwall, Anika Denise, Jannie Ho, and Christina Rodriguez. Hope to see you there!

Paying Attention

April 11, 2017

Tags: big and small, ideas, Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Wow, it's been a while since I've shared book news here! Where have I been? This past year, I wrote full-time for a toy company (best office job ever!) while writing children's stories in the wee hours of the morning. The schedule left little time for updating my website. And quite frankly, I'd much rather write about other people like I do for The Little Crooked Cottage blog. But now that I'm writing stories full-time again, I'm all buzzy with creative energy!

Or maybe it's the gigantic cup of coffee.

In any case, I plan to post more often about what I'm reading, inspiration, my soon-to-be published books, and works-in-progress. One of the picture book stories I'm writing is about tiny things. As I was revising it, my son handed me this teeny cat as a present. He didn't know what I was writing; he just knows I love anything miniature. Now I keep it on my bookshelf as a reminder of my kind-hearted boy and of the quote below.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal once tweeted, "PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU PAY ATTENTION TO." Her words have been on my mind a lot lately. They're about following your heart in life, but they can also be applied to writing. Even tiny objects and moments can become a story. Sometimes those stories are the best of all. Amy's words have inspired exciting new projects and ideas--big and small.

So, what have you been paying attention to lately?

Sneak peek at Joe and Sparky, Party Animals!

December 6, 2016

Tags: Joe and Sparky Party Animals, Frank Remkiewicz, Candlewick Press, catalog

For me, this is the moment when a book begins to feel real -- the first time I see its title in the publisher's catalog. Behold, the first sighting of Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! in Candlewick Press's 25th anniversary catalog.

And what a list! This season's catalog includes so many spectacular books that I had to (more…)

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bears

November 12, 2014

Tags: Blue Bunny Books, The Coziest Place, Jon Davis, Anika Denise, Baking Day at Grandma's, bears, winter, cozy, Peter Reynolds, The Dot

Yesterday I visited the famous children's bookshop The Blue Bunny Books and Toys in Dedham, Massachusetts for a Teddy Bear Storytime Party.

The Blue Bunny is owned by Peter Reynolds, bestselling author-illustrator of THE DOT and illustrator of the Judy Moody series, and his charming shop is every bit as magical as you might have heard.

I had the pleasure of reading THE COZIEST PLACE and dancing (more…)

The Little Crooked Cottage

November 7, 2014

Tags: The Little Crooked Cottage, Mr. Pig, children's book blog, Anika Denise, Kara LaReau, Kristen Tracy

From The Little Crooked Cottage blog. Illustration copyright by Christopher Denise.
"Who's the pig?" you ask. He's the reason I haven't updated this website for a while. (Although I plan to update a lot more this year.)

Meet Mr. Pig, star of the The Little Crooked Cottage, a children's book blog I created with friends and fellow authors Anika Denise, Kara LaReau, and Kristen Tracy. (more…)

Toodle-dee-doo! It's a Book Birthday!

June 11, 2013

Tags: JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL, book birthday

It's the big day! JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL releases today. We're celebrating at Scribbling in the Garret, blog of my good friend and fellow author, Cynthia Platt.

Cynthia's blog is a must-read. As a children's book author, editor and MFA student (holy cow!), she knows a thing or two about writing for kids. She blogs about her writing adventures with humor and a healthy dose of pop culture.

We had a fun chat about teacher sayings, the Hokey Pokey, and early readers. plus she's hosting a BOOK GIVEAWAY! Just write the name of your favorite teacher in the comments section to enter to win a signed copy of JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL. Visit Scribbling in the Garret to check it out.

Debut of the JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL book trailer

June 11, 2013

Tags: book trailer, JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL, youtube

Here's the book trailer for JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL. Careful, the tune is catchy!


Win a signed copy of JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL!

May 11, 2013

Tags: book giveaway, goodreads, JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL





Goodreads Book Giveaway




Joe and Sparky Go to School by Jamie Michalak




Joe and Sparky Go to School



by Jamie Michalak





Giveaway ends June 11, 2013.



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Coming Soon . . .

January 18, 2013

Tags: new books

Keep an eye out for these new books heading your way this year!

JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL (early reader), illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, Candlewick Press, June 2013

THE COZIEST PLACE (picture book), illustrated by Jon Davis, tiger tales, September 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: CAMPFIRE STORIES (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: SO YOU WANT TO BE A DOG? (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2013

MARTHA SPEAKS: THANKSGIVING REUNION (chapter book), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 2013

First Peek at JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL

January 1, 2013

Tags: Candlewick Press catalog, JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL

It's almost here! It's almost here!

JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOL is listed in the Candlewick Press Spring 2013 catalog. Here's a peek at its page. To download the full catalog, visit Candlewick's website.