If I Stay – Not So Dark

I just now finished IF I STAY by Gayle Forman. In case you don’t know, it’s gotten rave reviews and is one of the books featured in the WSJ article “Young Adult Fiction Takes a Dark Turn.” IF I STAY doesn’t have the shock value of WINTERGIRLS or perhaps the unraveling mystery of THIRTEEN REASONS… Read more »

Is Dewey Decimal Done?

See yesterday’s Denver Post article “Adams County Libraries Shelving Dewey Decimal.” It appears some local libraries are reorganizing their shelves in a Barnes & Noble sort of way. At first glance, I feel as though bookstore systems like WordThink cater to store browsers who visit categorical sections and peruse the possibilities. But I wonder if… Read more »

Picture Book Peek Week begins June 8th!

Lately, I’ve been getting loads of requests for Picture Book manuscript critiques. I’m honored and I love to do them. So in an attempt to balance my reading with my writing, I’ve decided to host a Picture Book Peek Week during which time I’ll offer free critiques of select PB manuscripts – including those wretched… Read more »

No surprise – WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is #1

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is often touted as the perfect picture book and the one to study if you’re an aspiring PB writer. I remember, when I first read it (my oldest received it as a newborn gift) finding Max’s naughtiness distinctly refreshing. His smirky, little face could be found on any one of… Read more »


HURRAY!! GOODNIGHT MOON took the #2 spot on Betsy Bird’s Top 100 Picture Books Poll. Tell me why you love GOODNIGHT MOON and win a copy of the book. I’ll draw a winner from the first ten readers to comment on this blog post.

A Little Stand-Up with Lois Lowry

Having read her books like THE GIVER, GATHERING BLUE and NUMBER THE STARS I had almost forgotten that Lois Lowry has her ANASTASIA KRUPNIK side (do you remember what Anastasia wants to name the baby?) as well. Take a look at her hilarious judge’s decision process in School Library Journal’s “Battle of the Kids Books”… Read more »