Words Have Wings

Editing and Revising Picture Books

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Why edit and revise your picture book One of the most difficult things for me to do as an author is to edit and revise my picture books. To delete words, sentences and even paragraphs is very challenging. Word count is very important when you are writing a picture book. Right now many editors are … Read more

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Celebration

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Celebration is an event to raise awareness around kid’s books that celebrate diversity and to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. I was gifted three books to share, review and celebrate with you.  Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy … Read more

Writers Write About Important Things

If you think about the books you read, you will discover that writers write about important things. That is, writers write about topics that interest them. As a picture book writer, I write about things that I find interesting. By choosing to write about topics and ideas that have a personal connection makes my job as … Read more

How To Get Back To Writing After a Break

After the holidays I had trouble getting back to my writing. In fact, there were others in my writing group who admitted they too were having the same problem. It was reassuring to know that others were experiencing the same thing. We decided to brainstorm ways that might motivate us to get back to our … Read more

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day Are you ready for World Read Aloud Day?  This year World Read Aloud Day will be on February 2, 2022.  World Read Aloud Day is an annual celebration bringing attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read-aloud! If you are a classroom … Read more

Happy New Year’s Eve!

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Happy New Year’s Eve! Let me start by thanking each and every one of you for reading and following my blog posts. It has been quite a year and I greatly appreciate the fact that you are on this adventure with me! Children’s author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series … Read more

Top 5 Books To Inspire Writers

It was not an easy task to narrow down my top 5 books to inspire writers. As a lifelong learner and I am always looking for books that will help me to become better a stronger writer. One misconception that I hear too often is that being a writer is all about spelling, grammar and … Read more

Gifts To Inspire Young Writers

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Are you looking for the perfect gift to inspire the young writers in your life? I love giving gifts, and planning the perfect present for each person. Gift shopping is not always easy, but I do try to match the gift with the person. I love listening to children tell me about their interests. Then … Read more

Best Picture Books for Writers

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Every Child is a Writer Children want to write. Children as young as two years old make marks on paper to express their feelings and communicate with others. In fact, research has shown that the earlier adults encourage and support writing skills in children, the more successful those children are as writers later in life. … Read more

The Four Gift Rule Giveaway

The four gift rule is something new to me. From what I have read some parents follow this rule when it comes to gift giving. Each child receives 4 gifts: Something they want Something they need Something to wear Something to read I was inspired by this idea and decided to offer a giveaway with … Read more