Words Have Wings

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