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Posted on January 3, 2016

2015 -what a year. I had three new books published: LULLABY AND KISSES SWEET: POEMS TO LOVE WITH YOUR BABY (Abrams), JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) and AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low). Two paperback reprints also were published, ALPHATHOUGHTS (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) and AMAZING FACES (Lee & Low). Renee LaTulippe and I completed “Spotlight on NCTE Poets” series. The last interview released was on Nikki Grimes. Forthcoming are me, J. Patrick Lewis, Joyce


Posted on October 20, 2015

From early August to now has been a wondrous whirlwind. Two new titles appeared this fall: JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Boyds Mills Press/Wordsong) has been hailed as “an all-time favorite.”Jane Manning’s imaginative, child-centered artwork brings magic to the poetry of Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Nikki Grimes, Joan Bransfield Graham and so many more. AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low) has already received two starred reviews from KIRKUS and PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Stunning artwork was done by Chris Soentipiet


Posted on August 3, 2015

One wonders where time goes. August! My first post since April! Yet, I think I like the letter ‘A’! Two forthcoming titles are due out in Autumn. In an advance review of JUMPING OFF LIBRARY SHELVES (Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press), illustrated byJane Manning, KIRKUS called the book “…an endearing Accolade’ ending with “Amen”. For AMAZING PLACES (Lee & Low), illustrated by Chris Soentpiet and Christy Hale, KIRKUS starred the book stating “Amazing indeed”. I am amazed.


Posted on April 6, 2015

Overwhelmed at the reception of LULLABY & KISSES SWEET (Abrams). Overwhelmed! I never thought a board book for toddlers would become so popular so fast. Indeed, a thrilling moment in my career. The past few months have been filled with theatre. Old saws – OKLAHOMA, WEST SIDE STORY – renewed again due to technology and youthful casts. Concerts -Gershwin, Rodgers, Webber – reminders of what music and lyrics were. Were! I reach 77 on the


Posted on February 2, 2015

January – a month of extraordinary life happenings. On l/6, Florida passed the Marriage Equality Act. On l/l5, Charles John Egita and I married at a lovely private ceremony at our home. A larger reception will be held the end of February. Charles and I met over forty-five years ago. It was time! Time, indeed. We sailed on the Caribbean Princess for a five-night cruise spent in of the most incredible suites we’ve ever seen