Originally posted on Laura Sassi Tales:

UnknownIn a prime time blog first, I, Laura Sassi, get the inside scoop on the MFIs from the Number 2 police mouse on the force, Detective Wilcox.  If you haven’t met Detective Wilcox, he’s part of the dynamic detective duo, Wilcox and Griswold, in Robin Newman’s debut children’s book, THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE: A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery, illustrated by Deborah Zemke (Creston Books, Spring 2015).


Sassi: Detective Wilcox, let’s start at the beginning. Did you always want to be a Missing Food Investigator?

Detective Wilcox: Very early on I knew I wanted to be cop. When I was a pup, I loved cop shows. I’m pretty sure I watched every cop show that was ever made—Miami Mice, Mousy & Hutch, Mousy Miller, Cagney and Mousy, Mouse Squad. . . . You name it!

Sassi: Did you have any favorites?

Detective Wilcox: N.Y.P.M. Blue, you…

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Sharing Our Love of Picture Books by Katherine Sokolowski


A wonderful piece on the value of picture books. “Picture books have no age limit.”

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:

It was this photo that started it. Nine weeks ago I looked up from a reading conference with a student and saw this, took the photo, and posted it to Facebook and Instagram.


It really wouldn’t be an unusual sight in my classroom of fifth graders. When we have independent work time, kids read and write what they would like. At any given time you might see some students writing a blog, others working on a presentation, some reading from their independent books, some talking to each other about their reading, and many kids reading picture books. I pop around, child to child, and talk to them about their reading and writing. It is one of my favorite parts of the day.

This photo, however, inspired Jennifer Shettel to contact me. Jennifer is an Associate Professor at a university in Pennsylvania. She wanted me to share with her class of…

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What’s a Lawyer Doing Writing for Kids? By Robin Newman


Have you ever wondered, “What’s a lawyer doing writing for kids?” If so, please check out my response to this most intriguing question.

Originally posted on Darlene Beck-Jacobson:

It gives me great pleasure to feature another one of my author friends who has a debut book releasing this month.  ROBIN NEWMAN’S  Chapter Book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery, is being released by CRESTON BOOKS to starred reviews.   Here’s Robin to tell us about her path to publication:

I’ve often been asked how I ended up writing children’s books, and for that matter, a mystery series. “After all, you’re a lawyer, right?”

It’s a good question. A very good question.

Yes, I am a lawyer. When I was practicing, I was what you would call a “disgruntled lawyer.” That’s disgruntled with a capital D. Not an unfamiliar term to many lawyers.

One day, my mom gave me some good advice.                    

Kids already LOVE the book... Kids already LOVE the book…


“Quit,” she said.

“What did you say?” I said. At the time, I was on…

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Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:



DATES: June 13th and 14th

Cost : $360 – early bird: $335

Location:Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express Plainsboro, NJ


(Alphabetical by last name)

Abramowitz, Jenne (Senior Editor, Scholastic Inc.)

Alexander, Heather (Agent, Pippin Properties)

Asselin, Kristine (Author)

Baptiste, Tracey (Editor, Rosen Publishing)

Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta (Author)

Bremekamp, Samantha (Jr. Agent, Corvisiero Literary Agency)

Burkhart, Jessica (Author)

Calabrese, Kelly (Author)

Camacho, Linda (Agent, Prospect Agency)

Colleen, Marcie (Author)

Cornell, Merial (Owner / Founder, Cornell & Company, LLC)

Cusick, John (Agent, Greenhouse Literary / Keynote)

Deak, Erzsi (Agent/Founder, Hen&ink Literary Studio)

Deitz Shea, Pegi (Author)

Dyckman, Ame (Author)

Evans, Amy (Author)

Fleissig, Liza (Founder, Liza Royce Agency)

Fujii, Saho (Art Director, Little, Brown BFYR)

Haertsch, Gretchen (Author)

Harris, Patti Ann (Executive Art Director, Scholastic Inc.)

Hasegawa, Carter (Associate Editor, Candlewick Press)

Ismail, Suzy (Author)

Jantz, Jeff (Author)

Kinard, Kami (Author)

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Upcoming Author Visits and the Giveaway of a Lifetime

Blog readers, it’s time to mark your calendars for some super fun upcoming events. And if you’d like some serious entertainment (I mean serious with a capital E), LIVE from ALA in San Francisco, on Sunday, June 28th, from 10:30-11:30 am, at the What’s Cooking Stage, Marissa Moss and I will be cooking up Mollie Katzen’s carrot cake recipe from the book. 


April 30th Launch Party at The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street, 6-8 pm. There will be wine, cheese and LOTS of carrot cake!

May 2  Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at 107th St., at 11:00 am

May 7th – Elm Street Books, 35 Elm St, New Canaan, CT, 3:30-5:30 pm for Children’s Book Week

May 16th – The Pound Ridge Library, 271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY, at 2:30 pm

May 20th – P.S. 166, The Richard Rodgers School of the Arts & Technology 

May 23 – Book Culture, 450 Columbus Avenue, at 4:00 pm

May 31 Bank Street Book Store, 2780 Broadway at 107th St., at 1:00 pm

June 26 – June 30th ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

If you’re interested in having me to do an author visit at your local bookstore or school, please email me at robin@robinnewmanbooks.com


carrotcakeNow for the best part of this post! Don’t miss out on this ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to win a FREE copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. “Once in a lifetime” may have been a tad bit of a stretch, but I wanted to make sure I got everyone’s attention. Naturally, zombies, vampires, cats, and others among the living dead or recently deceased may enter for each of their lifetimes. However, they must be alive or deceased U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of entry. No purchase necessary.

Here’s the link:


Good luck!

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Wilcox & Griswold Launch Party at The Corner Bookstore

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The Case of The Missing Carrot Cake

File # 4/30/15, 6-8 pm

Crime Scene: The Corner Bookstore

Blog readers, this launch party invitation for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake is real. Only the author and illustrator names have been changed . . . because who wouldn’t want an alias?

Be prepared for over 300 carrot cake cupcakes. All frosted with cream cheese. Each and every one calorie free.

I am Robin Newman, the author. The boss and creative genius is Deborah Zemke, the illustrator. We’re the team behind the MFIs, Missing Food Investigators.

Whatever food, whatever the crime, Wilcox and Griswold make the bad guys do the time.


The celebration’s from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 30th at The Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue at 93rd Street. I’ll be working the night shift out of the party division. There will be lots of fun surprises. Hope to see all of you there!


© 2015 Deborah Zemke. All rights reserved. This illustration cannot be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information or retrieval systems without permission in writing from its publisher, Creston Books, LLC.

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Never Underestimate the Power of a Picture Book…


Please help support this great cause.

Originally posted on Michelle Eastman Books:

I am celebrating the power of picture books through an initiative called #MARCHingBookstoKidshttps://www.facebook.com/PBPiO Please join us by donating a book to a child of an incarcerated parent.


The Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Storybook Project is collecting books for children birth-17 years of age. Each month, VNS volunteers record an incarcerated parent reading a book to his/her child. The book and the recording are mailed to the child to keep. Please include a note stating that your book is part of the Picture Book Pass it On/MARCHing Books to Kids initiative.

VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project

c/o Tabby Kuehl (MARCHing Books to KIds)

1111 9th Street

Suite 320

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Thank you for making a difference to a family in need.

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The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake by Robin Newman


Five bookworms for The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake!!! Please check out Erik Weibel’s review at thiskidreviewsbooks.com.

Originally posted on This Kid Reviews Books:

carrotcakeThe Case of the Missing Carrot Cake

By Robin Newman

Illustrated by Deborah Zemke

40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Creston Books  on May 12, 2015

Synopsis- From GoodReads: “When food goes missing on Ed’s farm, Detectives Wilcox and Griswold do what it takes to track down the thieves. In this case, Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake has disappeared. Has it been stolen? Or eaten? Or both? Who dunnit?

What I Thought- First off, I love the fact that the detectives are mice, and that they are MFI’s (Missing Food Investigators). That is just plain awesomeness there! The story is everything a kid would want – the writing is kid-friendly, there are cute main characters, a mystery to solve, humor, and great illustrations. The mystery keeps the main characters wrapped up in it and guessing. As more and more carrot cake goes missing…

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Please check out Writer Side UP’s AWESOME post on Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening. Don’t pass this one up. You’ll be missing out!

Originally posted on Writer Side UP!:

Bank Street Storefront with red carpet copyFor a children’s book lover like me, attending a big KidLit event is akin to a giddy movie fan attending an after party for the Academy Awards. Granted—it’s been a long time since I’ve cared to watch an award show, but that’s not the point. In my opinion this far exceeds any of that brouhaha, and I can tell you—I’ll eat my bookmark if I didn’t see a red carpet on the sidewalk in front of the Bank Street Book Store for its Grand Re-Opening celebration on March 7th!

Murderers Row

Never mind that this was in Manhattan, much like the Bronx Bombers’ “Murderers’ Row,” the line up of 31 guest authors and illustrators was filled with KidLit “home run” hitters. We’re talkin’ Newbery and Caldecott, people! No, I kid you not!

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A Special Treat: Laura Sassi at the Financier Patisserie

What could be better on a rainy day, not to mention more appropriate, than listening to Laura Sassi read her playful, rhyming tale of Noah in Goodnight, Ark, illustrated by Jane Chapman (Zonderkidz, a HarperCollins Company 2014), at the Financier Patisserie.



Laura’s super-adorable, pint-sized fans were thrilled when two stuffed skunks came out to greet them. They also enjoyed a craft project with animal stickers.




The Financier Patisserie, located at 35 Cedar Street in lower Manhattan, hosts children’s book events once a month. So, bring your kids for a fun read, craft, and then don’t forget to have lunch and dessert. We did and it was DE-LI-CIOUS! For more information regarding the Financier Patisserie’s events, please check out their Facebook page by clicking here. Bon Appetit!

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