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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


Posted on December 6, 2014
One never knows how a book will fare until it finally appears after years of work. MANGER (Eerdmans), illustrated by Helen Cann, got off to a roaring start. Published in September, the first edition print run was gone by November. Promotion was widespread: A terrific blog by Sylvia Vardell at www.poetryforchildren.blogspot.com–a long interview with Tim Podell at www.goodconversations.com a main selection at Politics & Prose Booksellers in Washington, D.C. – a bevy of rave reviews