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.