Recap of TOO PURPLEY! Prize Winners

It’s been a too, too, too fun week in the TOO PURPLEY! PARTY ZONE. Thank you all for coming. Here’s a list of my lucky prize winners.

Monday Door Prize – TOO PURPLEY! T-shirt: Heather Burnell
Tuesday Door Prize – TOO PURPLEY! Coffee mug: Pam Campbell
Wednesday Door Prize – Autographed copy of WHAT DO YOU SEE?: Julia Landmesser
Thursday Door Prize – Bloomsbury Picture Book Pack: Mike Jung
Friday Door Prize – Autographed copy of FUNERALS AND FLY FISHING: Jeanne Ryan
Saturday Door Prize – Bloomsbury Picture Book Pack: Nathalie Mvondo
Sunday Door Prize – TOO PURPLEY! T-shirt and coffee mug: Kerry Haack
Picture Book Manuscript Critique: Corey Schwartz
30-Minute Skype Visit: Tressy Hart
TOO PURPLEY! Grand Prize Package: Paula Paterson.

Congratulations to all!

A Very Purpley and Writerly Birthday Gift!

My daughter, Molly gave me the most lovely birthday gift – a journal. But it’s not just any journal. Here’s what she inscribed in it:


I know it may seem like all the Reidy family gives each other anymore are journals. Also, it seems that you have been receiving a lot of strange, purple knick-knacks recently. Well, to celebrate your book, TOO PURPLEY! (and your birthday) I want to give you this journal. I want you to use it to record each step along your TOO PURPLEY journey.


  • Record memories of your school visits.
  • Take note of those who inspired you, supported you, made this possible.
  • Take a moment each time you write to think about what you have to be thankful for.
  • Perhaps write anything that may be stressing you out.
  • Highlight the best part of your day.
  • Maybe try writing down the funny things people do to make you laugh so you can REMEMBER THEM!

Well, Mom, I want to say congratulations on the release of your book. I am so proud to call you my mom. And Happy 51st Birthday! Thank you for inspiring me every day to work hard, have fun, love lots, and to truly be myself and be my best.

I love you so much! Molly

As writers, we journal a lot – whether on note pads, or napkins or sometimes even in journals. But I haven’t yet journaled about the process of writing and publishing itself, and all the angst, excitement and joy that go with it. I think it could be a wonderful exercise.

I love you back, Miss Molly. And thank you for my perfect gift.

TOO PURPLEY! On Sale Today!!

I can’t believe it. TOO PURPLEY! is on bookstore shelves and shipping from online sellers. Yesterday, I stopped by my neighborhood Barnes & Noble and it was already out. SQUEEEEEE!

I’m so grateful for the wonderful reviews TOO PURPLEY! has collected. You can read them on my TOO PURPLEY! page and in my Media Kit.

Don’t forget my online launch party 1/25-1/31 at . Everyone is invited.

More exciting news!! I’m teaming up with The Children’s Hospital in Denver. A portion of the author proceeds from the sale of TOO PURPLEY! will be donated to Children’s – a place that’s very important to me.

Thank you Genevieve, Erin, Michelle, Deb, Jill, Sarah, Mike, Pat, Tim, Catherine, Molly, Mom and of course my awesome critique group!!! I’m thinking of all of you today.

Congrats to my agent-sharing buddies – ALA Award Winners!

I know this is fame by association but …

sending out my most heartfelt congratulations to Liz Garton Scanlon for her Caldecott Honor book ALL THE WORLD and …

Chris Barton for his Siebert Honor book THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS.

Liz and Chris and I share our wonderful agent, Erin Murphy!!

Hooray for Liz, Chris, and Erin!!!! I’m bubbling over for you.

I’m Having a TOO PURPLEY! Party!!

I’m having a party!!!
When: 1/25-1/31, 2010
Who: Anyone who loves children’s books
What: Party favors, Door prizes, games, videos and more!!

Teachers/Librarians – win a 30 minute Skype author visit or The Grand Prize TOO PURPLEY! Package.

Authors – win a Picture Book Peek Critique

Please help me spread the word. If you announce my party on Twitter, Facebook, your website or your blog, I’ll repay the favor and link to your site from the party. Just let me know at so I can post the link in time.

Pay it Forward Friday – Shannon Caster

When my boys were young, they were experts in the non-fiction section of the library.
“Tornadoes are over here!”
“Dinosaurs are over here!”

That’s why my shout out this week goes to my good friend and critique buddy, Shannon Caster.

Shannon writes the articles and books that make curious kids race to the non-fiction and magazine shelves.

Her latest books from Body Works titled BRAIN, HEART, EYES, SKIN, KIDNEYS, and LUNGS provide an up close and personal intro to those amazing organs with bright, clear cover designs that attract the study of the human body without unnecessary gore.

You can check out Shannon’s article and books at

P.S. While you’re at the library today, pick up MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS and remember that even one person can make a difference. Then go to and give for Haiti.