Good fortune with #PitMad today!

If you are participating in #PitMad, I hope you have many agent hearts today! We have from 8 a.m. EST to 8 p.m. EST to try.

I started out tweeting all four of my current picture book manuscripts, but I may end up concentrating on just two for the remainder of the day. I am not sure yet.

If you’d like to retweet mine, here they are. Follow me on Twitter and let me know if you’ve got some to retweet as well!

You’re Never Too Old for Picture Books

A few from my collection–including my own!

Pamela Paul thinks that picture books are the real wizards of the literary world:

“With remarkable economy, they excel at the twin arts of visual and textual storytelling. Anyone who has ever read a picture book to a child has witnessed this magic firsthand. You’ll be reading along aloud and the child will laugh, not at anything you’ve read but at something she has read in the pictures. While you are reading one story, told in words, she is reading another, told through art. The illustrator doesn’t merely reflect the words on the page; she creates an entire narrative of her own, adding details, creating secondary story lines.”

-Pamela Paul, Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You

Mind you, I think the literary world can hold many different types of wizards and wizardry. Yet along with other genres, I have deliberately kept picture books of my past, just as deliberately bought others as an adult (or had them gifted to me), and I write them, myself. The allure is real!

In my own personal history, I don’t recall learning how to read. I don’t remember any transition from the world of picture books to the ones with casual illustrations, or any subsequent transition to books with images just on the chapter headers or none at all. Books were just there to consume.

But since I retained some of my own childhood books, I’d like to think that while there was some adroit guidance of my reading, it was also allowed to unfold on its own. (About the only thing I do remember is my dad steering me away from the Large Print books in the children’s section of the library, telling me, “You don’t need those.” Nowadays, I do, ha.)

What are your favorite picture books? Do the ones you loved as a child still resonate with you today? What new ones spark your interest?

Shop Small Every Day!

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Want to support a (very) small business (mine) and ensure that some of your hard-earned money goes to a quality product made with homegrown love and passion?

That’s how I feel about my children’s books. It’s taken me years to get to this point, and I’m so grateful for the help and support I’ve received all along the way.

Whether the child or children in your life are going through something big, or just love to look at monsters and critters drawn with detail and care, please consider shopping small with me for the holidays and any day!


Hush, Mouse!

Nobody seems to pay attention to a tiny kitten named Mouse except to tell her to “Hush!” whenever she meows. The only person in the family who understands Mouse is Little Liz. She’s short for her age and nobody seems to hear what she has to say, either. Then one day, the two of them prevent a crime!

This story will help show kids that they’re worth being listened to, and that any size can save the day!

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The Squeezor is Coming!

The Squeezor is a big-hearted monster who just wants to give hugs. But he looks so scary, even other monsters run away from him! Nobody wants to be his friend. The Squeezor is sad, but he comes up with a plan to show the others how he just wants to help.

This story is for everyone who ever felt misunderstood or just too different to be accepted, and help teach kids the power of empathy and acceptance.

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What’s At the End of Your Nose?

Let Sidney Snail make “I’m bored!” and “There’s nothing to do!” disappear. Watch your kids take a closer look at the amazing world right in front of their noses as Sidney leads them through his very unexpected day.  They can also color it in!

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Dr. Guinea Pig George

This fluffy brown guinea pig proves that he’s more than just a household pet when he joins Person George on his house calls. And if Guinea Pig George can think he’s a doctor, any child should believe in his or her dreams!

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I’m thankful for my publisher, and for Amazon with its CreateSpace (RIP!) and Kindle programs that help independent authors like me realize our dreams.

You can find other small businesses right in my rolling list of indie authors with a variety of books. They’re sure to please any palate, and don’t forget to gift yourself. too!