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Special Delivery!

July 25, 2017

Tags: Joe and Sparky Party Animals, Frank Remkiewicz, advance copy, Candlewick PRess

It's a real book to have and to hold! My advance copy of JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS! has arrived.

Here's a photo of my assistant enjoying the hilarious illustrations by the awesome Frank Remkiewicz.

The Mystery Guest Celebri-Dot

July 13, 2017

Tags: Celebri-Dot, Peter H. Reynolds, Terry Shay, The Dot, International Dot Day, Joe and Sparky Party Animals

Inspired by Peter H. Reynolds's beautiful picture book THE DOT--and the hilarious character that illustrator Frank Remkiewicz created in our new book--I recently made a CelebriDot. This guy is the life of the party in Joe and Sparky's latest adventure, JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS! (coming this August).

I also shared a story about reading THE DOT before it became a book. It's one of (more…)

Joe & Sparky's Television Debut!

July 13, 2017

Tags: OutDaughtered, Adam Busby, Blayke Busby, Joe and Sparky Go to School, TLC

Adam Busby reading JOE AND SPARKY GO TO SCHOOl to Blayke
With a big bowl of popcorn, my family settled in to watch the season premiere of OutDaughtered on TLC. It's the adorable reality show starring a family of eight, including the only all-girl quintuplets in the U.S. and their six-year-old sister, Blayke.

I'd heard a rumor that a Joe and Sparky book might (more…)

Joe & Sparky on OUTDAUGHTERED!

July 11, 2017

Tags: Outdaughtered, Busby, Joe and Sparky, Jamie Michalak, TerribleTwosday

I heard a rumor that a Joe and Sparky book will be making a cameo appearance on the season premiere of OutDaughtered TONIGHT! Catch the crazy cuteness on TLC at 9/8c!

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.