Words Have Wings

Interview with the Author-Karen Patricia Nespoli

Karen Nespoli

I have found from my many years of teaching that children ask the best questions. They are open and honest and get right to the point. What follows are my answers to questions that children have asked during author visits to my classroom or they have asked me about my book. I hope you will … Read more

Miriam Laundry-Mentor and Publisher


My next guest blogger is Miriam Laundry. As I have mentioned in a previous post, it was a free training from Miriam that changed my thinking about publishing my book. It was the best decision I could have made. She is a knowledgeable teacher and mentor. I have grown as a writer thanks to her … Read more

Illustrator Interview With Daniela Massironi


Hi! My name is Daniela Massironi and the illustrator who had the honor to bring to life Gertie Saves the Day. I am a freelance children’s book illustrator and graphic designer. I have been working in this wonderful field for 10 years. I am Italian and I live in Milan, a big city in the North of … Read more

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes


I guess you have been wondering why my blog posts have paused.  The answer is very simple. I welcomed a new granddaughter into our family on August 4th. It is very difficult to concentrate and write blog posts when you can be holding your new granddaughter.  While I have been on pause I have been working … Read more

Children’s Book Master Class

Traditional vs. Self-Publishing Knowing how much I wanted to be a children’s picture book author, my daughter sent me a link for a free training. Jack Canfield (https://www.jackcanfield.com), and Miriam Laundry (https://miriamlaundry.com) provided the training. To say that both presenters were inspiring and motivating would be an understatement. Jack Canfield inspired us as new authors … Read more

The Silence is Deafening: Critiques Fill the Silence

         Frustrated, yet determined, I continued to send my manuscripts out to agents and publishers. I was not about to give up on my dream of having my children’s story published.       While I was waiting, I continued to study and practice my writing craft. I started to attend local writing conferences where I could met other … Read more

Everyone’s Got a Story So Here is Mine

publishing story Childrens books

As you may know by now I have written a children’s picture book, Gertie Saves the Day.  Maybe some of you have written a picture book or maybe you are curious about the process of getting your book published. If you are, you are in the right place. This blog is where I will be … Read more

My Favorite Children’s Books

The Tub People by Pam Conrad The Tub People are 7 wooden toys that line up in the same order on the side of the tub every day. One day the Tub Child disappears and the family forms a search and rescue team. This was a bedtime favorite at my house. I think the fact … Read more

Giant Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookie recipe

Growing up I spent many hours baking with my grandparents. My grandfather owned a bakery and his specialty was making fruit pies. His pies were delicious, and on Sunday mornings there was a line around the block with people ready to buy one of his pies. Pie making was a little involved, but I enjoyed … Read more

Welcome (my first blog post!)


I am happy that you have found your way to my website! This blog was created to: Inspire young writers Emphasize writing for pleasure Share fun and engaging writing activities Share my journey as a children’s picture book writer Encourage children to find their writing voice My name is Karen and I am a teacher … Read more