Picture Book Peeks

What Exactly is a Picture Book Peek Week?

What Exactly is a Picture Book Peek Week? It’s my way of paying it forward to other picture book writers. Several times a year I offer a contest on this blog during which writers can win a free critique of a fiction picture book manuscript. Become a follower of my blog and you’ll never miss… Read more »

TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! Book Birthday Party!

It’s my book birthday for   TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! To celebrate the release, we’ve got a lot going on! And there’s something for EVERYONE!CHECK IT OUT! Time Out for Teachers – Free Skype Visits and Resources for Teachers and Librarians for the 2012-13 School YearTales from the Time Out Corner – A fun video… Read more »

TIME OUT FOR PICTURE BOOKS Picture Book Peek Contest

On July 31st, TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! is making a monster appearance on bookstore and library shelves everywhere.  “Energetic and appealing to young artists everywhere, this one is a winner.” School Library Journal “Spread after spread is a riot of color, goofy fantasy, and well-choreographed freneticism.” Publishers Weekly “Readers will relate to the main character’s… Read more »

Win a Picture Book Manuscript Critique!

I hope you’ll stop by and bid on this picture book critique and help Baby Jayden. For those of you who are hesitant to put your work out there, children’s writer Carole Brooks has this to say. “I want to encourage anyone who wants/needs a serious PB critique to consider this. I received a critique… Read more »

Picture Book Peek #14 to Help Baby Jayden

In place of a regular late spring/early summer Picture Book Peek Week, I’ve donated a critique to an online auction supporting the medical needs of baby Jayden Huynh. Please read Jayden’s compelling story here. Then please consider bidding. The auction begins on 6/2. My critique will be open for bidding on the first day for… Read more »

More … on Rhyming Picture Books

I’ve gone on and on, in the past, about lining up loads of fresh readers for your rhyming picture books in order to make sure your verse rolls right off the tongue and that no rhyme or rhythm trips your reader out of your story. But I haven’t spoken much about when to rhyme. I’ve… Read more »

Why has the Romp been quiet?

Because I have another blog commanding my attention until 2/29/12. That’s the TOO PRINCESSY! Boredom Buster Blog.Stop on by.Get ideas.Send ideas.Be entered to win prizes!It’s as simple as that. Then in March, I’ll be back to posting here. And the first post will be a bit of rhyming picture book advice from the last Picture… Read more »


TOO PRINCESSY! is out and “pinking up” bookstore and library shelves everywhere.  “Bright colors and high visual energy match the quick verse … observers will be tickled that as hard as this girl clings to her indefatigable determination to be bored, she’s actually having a quite a romp … and kids will want re-reads.”   Kirkus Now… Read more »

What’s Happening With the Princess?

TOO PRINCESSY! is now available! And we’ve been celebrating all week. Wanna join the party? Here’s how:  * I’m giving away an autographed copy on Goodreads. Just a click to enter. What could be easier?The giveaway ends on 1/31. So  don’t delay. Enter today! * The TOO PRINCESSY Boredom Buster Blog is up and running…. Read more »