Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Winter is Coming! Get Your PRANCE On!

Happy Book Birthday to the SEVENTH book in the Super Happy Party Bears series!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the Grumpy Woods―the Great Hibernation! Mayor Quill, Humphrey Hedgehog, and the rest of the animals are looking forward to some much-needed rest, but the Super Happy Party Bears want to add more YAY to the holiday―by delivering homemade presents! 
When the critters of the Grumpy Woods wish for a heavy snowfall to avoid the bears’ cheer, they end up getting completely snowed in at the Grumpy Bog. In the spirit of the season, the bears enlist Dawn Fawn to pull a sleigh full of fa-la-la-la cheer to rescue their neighbors and save the holiday!
Find TINY PRANCER wherever books are sold.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Book Birthday to SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS #5 & #6!

Happy Book Birthday to everyone's favorite bears!

Two more Super Happy Party Bears books are out in the world! 

In BAT TO THE BONE, the bat-only punk rock band “Flying Blind” has a dedicated following of other nocturnal music lovers. Their screechy sound really meshes with sonar hearing. While on tour to expand its fan base, Flying Blind stops at the Grumpy Woods for a midnight show. Soon tons of rock fans are keeping everyone awake at night! But when the bears start jamming with the band, its sound changes, driving away the crowd. This time it’s Opal Owl who saves the day―and returns some peace and quiet to the woods.

In THE JITTERBUG, the Super Happy Party Bears are in awe of their new friend, Butter, a groovy caterpillar who’s got the moves. This Jitterbug can breakdance, tango, and boogie-woogie. Butter becomes an honorary Super Happy Party Bear dedicated to being goofy and spreading the party spirit!
When Butter mysteriously disappears, the bears frantically search for him, only to discover that the Jitterbug has morphed into a beautiful butterfly! The bears must accept that jitterbug has grown up and must follow his own fluttery path.
Cheerful, sweet, and full of fun, Super Happy Party Bears: THE JITTERBUG will put you in the mood to dance.
Join the party wherever books are sold!

I'm in the Author Spotlight!

What an absolute honor to be featured in the Author Spotlight over at Kidlit 411.

You can read my interview here. And while you are at it, browse the amazing  site. Kidlit 411 is most certainly the BIGGEST resource for all things children's literature, both reading and writing!

Thank you, Elaine and Sylvia for including me. xo

Friday, April 21, 2017

See You at the LA Times Festival of Books TOMORROW!!

I'll be signing in the Once Upon A Time booth #732 from 3-3:45pm tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

#ICYMI: I Talk Marty McFly, Cartoons, and Easter Eggs on the All The Wonders Podcast with Matthew Winner

I had such a blast stopping by All The Wonders and chatting all things kidlit and Super Happy Party Bears.

The best part for me was when librarian-extraordinaire, Matthew Winner, actually read the beginning of SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS #1: GNAWING AROUND. It was the first time I heard someone other than me read my words. 

Have you listened yet?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#ICYMI: SUPER HAPPY Party Collection #1 Now Available

You can now catch the Super Happy Party Bears in HARDCOVER!
This collection includes the first two books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series! 
In Gnawing Around, the animals of the Grumpy Woods are even grumpier than usual when a new family of beavers moves in. Their dam is drying up the river! Mayor Quill decrees they are not welcome, but the bears disagree. Can their dance party save the day?
In Knock Knock on Wood, Wallace Woodpecker’s pecking annoys the animals of the Grumpy Woods, but the Super Happy Party Bears think he’s beating a nice rhythm for dancercise! Can the bears help the rest of the Grumpy Woods appreciate his talents?
And don't forget the next two parties, Super Happy Party Bears: Staying A Hive! and Super Happy Party Bears: Going Nuts! are coming March 14th. 
So much to shimmy shimmy and shake about!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Guest Blogging Over at Storystorm Today PLUS a GIVEAWAY!

What do bestselling author Cassandra Clare, the SCBWI Winter Conference, and my debut picture book have in common?

Head on over to Storystorm today to read my guest post "Guard Your Ideas Like Gold" and learn about the unusual inspiration for my picture book, LOVE, TRIANGLE (Balzer+Bray, Fall 2017), illustrated by Bob Shea.

Registered Storystorm participants can comment on my post for a chance to win the first two books in the Super Happy Party Bears series!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Things Just Got SUPER HAPPY-er!

There's quite a party going on at my Party Patch, because NEW BOOKS ARE HERE!

I just received copies of the next two books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series:


Both books will be hitting the shelves on March 14th, however you can pre-order from your favorite bookstore or online source today.

Please consider pre-ordering. If you do, let me know and I will be sure to get a Super Happy package in the mail to you, which includes bookmarks and personalized signed bookplates,.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Looking for a Mentor? I'm in the Spotlight

I am proud to be taking part in Tara Luebbe's Writing with the Stars this Spring. 

Writing with the Stars is a mentorship opportunity for picture book writers and illustrators.   

Applicants who are selected will be paired with an author or illustrator for a three-month mentorship.During that time, mentors will help mentees further develop their craft and share invaluable advice and insight into the publishing world.  

Its absolutely FREE and the application window will be open January 13 through midnight January 16 EDT. 

Be sure to visit for full mentorship information and application.
Today I am in the Mentorship Spotlight. Stop by and learn a little more about me -- 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

KNOCK KNOCK! It's the Scholastic Reading Club

I am excited to announce that KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD will join GNAWING AROUND in the Scholastic Reading Club in 2017!

This comes just after Scholastic Reading Club editors named the second book in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series in their "Top Trends in Children's Books for 2017" in the "Funny" is Still Number One category. 

And who can forget when the Book Boys donned costumes to show off their beary awesome dance moves? 

Thank you, Scholastic Reading Club! The bears are SUPER HAPPY to keep this party going in the new year.