Princeton Children’s Book Festival


I am over the moon to be participating in this year’s festivities celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Princeton Children’s Book Festival.

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:

Princeton Children's Book Festical

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is just around the corner.

The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is an annual event each September at the Princeton Public Library and the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Plaza.

The Princeton community is one that loves the library and loves books. The Princeton Children’s Book Festival is a celebration of this pairing. This well-attended event continues to grow yearly and promises something for everyone. Here, you may meet your favorite author or illustrator, listen to them discuss their work, have a book autographed, or just have the opportunity to talk to them about their inspirations.

Our 2014 event featured many prestigious authors and illustrators; Jon Scieszka, Pseudonymous Bosch, Leonard S. Marcus, Wendy Mass, Bruce Coville, Raina Telgemeier and 2014 Caldecott Medal winner Brian Floca were just some of the many who were on hand.

This is a free, rain-or-shine event that offers many…

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Upcoming Events: North Fork or Bust!


If you’re feeling like a road trip and want to visit one of the friendliest and most beautiful places in the world, you need to stop by the North Fork of Long Island.

This coming week I have two book signings in Greenport, New York.

On Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00 am, I will be at the Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First Street.


And on Saturday, August 8th at 11:00 am, I will be at Burton’s Bookstore, 43 Front Street. No visit to the North Fork is complete without a visit to Burton’s Bookstore. It’s a neighborhood gem!



Missing Food Investigators, Captain Griswold and Detective Wilcox, are on the hunt for Miss Rabbit’s missing carrot cake and they need your help! A scavenger hunt, badge making, mug shots, prizes, carrot cake,** and more await the newest Missing Food Investigators.


Baker and Quality Control Inspector


Frosted and good to go! 

So, please stop by Floyd Memorial Library and Burton’s Bookstore for story time, food, and fun. Hope to see you there!

**Assuming the baker and quality control inspector doesn’t eat it all of the carrot cake!

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Robin Newman: Plotting a Mystery for Young Children: Leave a Crumb Trail of Clues and GIVEAWAY


The plot thickens at Kidlit Summer School. Sharpen your pencils, pack your notepads, and hop on the school bus. First stop: Nerdy Chicks Rules!

Originally posted on Nerdy Chicks Write:

You’ve tuned into Dragnet. The opening music begins, da da dum dum, and the narrator sets the stage with the introduction:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the story you’re about to see is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”[1]

After the introduction, Sgt. Joe Friday jumps right into the scene with that wonderful deadpan monologue.

“This is the city. Los Angeles, California. I work here. I’m a cop. It was Tuesday, April 7th. It was cold in Los Angeles. We were working the day watch out of accident investigation division, hit and run felony unit. My partner is Frank Smith . . .”[2]

newman1Television, more than any other medium, has created expectations for viewers and readers of mysteries. Dragnet viewers know exactly what’s going to happen next because the structure of the story and how it unfolds never change. Writing a mystery…

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An Interview with Cool Kids Cook Chef Eliana de las Casas

A few weeks back, I had the chance to chat with the super smart, witty, poised, and most gracious host of Cool Kids Cook, Kid Chef Eliana de las Casas. Eliana is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and radio show host. She is the ACFNO 2014 Best Up and Coming Chef in Louisiana, 2014 Taste Award Winner for Cool Kids Cook Radio Show on VoiceAmerica Kids, Kids Ambassador for SoFAB Institute, IFCO Youth Produce Ambassador, Crescent City Market Marketeer Ambassador, and she is only fourteen years old. (Yes, you read that correctly!)

As you listen to the interview, you will notice that I have mastered the use of “um” and “so.” “So,” without further ado, enjoy the show! Warning: This show may make you hungry.

You can tune into Cool Kids Cook on Mondays at the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel, 4:00 pm (Pacific Time). And you can catch Eliana at:


Radio Show:

Twitter: @KidChefEliana

FB page: elianacooksfanpage

YouTube: Kid Chef Eliana

Pinterest: Kid Chef Eliana

Instagram: Kid Chef Eliana

Wait! Don’t go just yet! I’m not done. Her books, Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana and Cool Kids Cook: Fresh and Fit, are available on Amazon.

Now, I need a snack. Hmm. . . maybe a slice of carrot cake . . . . :)

Illustrator Saturday – Patricia Keeler – Give-away


Don’t miss this wonderful interview with author and illustrator extraordinaire, Patricia Keeler!

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:


Patricia Keeler lives across the Hudson River from New York City in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, photographer Francis X. McCall. Ms. Keeler received an undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnical and State University and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to Hoboken, Ms. Keeler worked in advertising for the Richmond Times Dispatch and was art director for PBS Television (WCVE, Channel 25) in Richmond, VA. She has illustrated and/or written many books, including Thank You, Angels (Hay House, 2007), Drumbeat in Our Feet (Lee & Low, 2006), Car Wash (Lee & Low, 2004), A Huge Hog Is a Big Pig (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2002), and Unraveling Fibers (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster, 1995). She is the illustrator for Brain Food: 100+ Games That Make Kids Think, published by Prufrock Press. Ms. Keeler has also created a variety of illustrations for magazines, posters, and educational projects with…

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It’s No Mystery: Writing Mysteries for Kids Is the Best Job in the World


Killer Nashville is a literary forum, magazine, and resource for thriller, mystery, and suspense writers. Below is a link to a piece that I wrote for them about writing mysteries for kids.

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Cover Reveal for Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

It’s definitely a weekend to celebrate. Oh sure, there’s that small national holiday with fireworks and hot dogs. But there’s also something magical that’s been brewing in the air since 2013. And that’s the cover for Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep. Chris Ewald, illustrator extraordinaire, worked his magic on the cover for Hilide Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, and it is spellbindingly awesome.

hildie cover template revised

Thank you, Chris. It is far more adorable than anything I ever imagined.

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep flies onto bookshelves spring 2016.

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Writing for Kids Is the Best Job in the World


In June, I had a chance to meet with the super funny, smart, creative, and out-of-this-world AWESOME third graders from Mrs. Gursoy and Ms. Connolly’s class in Room 301 at P.S. 230 in Brooklyn. It was a such a treat for me to read The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, listen to their terrific questions, and talk about writing, revisions, and books. And of course, after you’ve talked about carrot cake, you have to eat some carrot cake!


Well, look what arrived in the mail! Letters from the kids! Does it get better than this? I was going to post one or two of them, but they are all so awesome that I decided to post all of them. Enjoy!

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Thank you Mrs. Gursoy, Ms. Connolly, and third graders from Room 301 (oops! fourth graders now). You made my day!!!!! :)

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ALA San Francisco Annual Conference & Exhibition #alaac15


What an incredible week to be in San Francisco! ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition was a jubilant celebration of authors, illustrators, publishers, librarians, and of course, books! Where else in the world are there this many people excited about books? Nowhere. And in a nutshell, it was AWESOME!  ala4

At this year’s conference, I had the opportunity to do a cooking demo, making Mollie Katzen’s super yummy carrot cake recipe from The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. I have to say when I first heard of this I wasn’t sure if it was a joke because (just between you and me) I don’t bake. In fact, over the years, I’ve had a very good relationship with my friends Betty Crocker, Nestlé® Toll House®, and the Pillsbury® Doughboy® and I go way back. The thought of baking,[1] even pretend baking, in front of an audience was terrifying. Fortunately for me, Mollie Katzen’s recipe is so easy that even a bumbling baking novice like myself could do it. And I had a blast! With the headpiece microphone, I felt like a cross between Julia Child and Madonna. So Food Network, if you’re looking for an author who writes about food, but who can’t actually make the food, I’m your gal. Call me. We’ll talk! :) (I also happen to know two charismatic Missing Food Investigators who would love to host a kids cooking show.)




ala3Detective Wilcox and Captain Griswold enjoying the spotlight on the What’s Cooking @ALA Stage 

Here are more photographic highlights:


Mug Shot: Me, and librarian extraordinaire, Beth Decker



Members of the Creston crew: Muon Van, Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Julie Downing, April Chu, me


Darlene Beck-Jacobson and Georgia Lyon


Simon Stahl and me


Dan Santat


me and Lane Smith


Marcia Goldman, Lola, and Marissa Moss 


me and Debbie Ridpath Ohi


Jon Scieszka and me


Muon Van and April Chu


me and Cece Bell 


Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Jacqueline Woodson, and me 

It was a wonderful conference. And to all the superhero librarians who inspire fledgling readers and turn reluctant readers into avid readers from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!! 

Wilcox, Griswold and I have already packed our bags for the next ALA conference. We can’t wait!

p.s. Darlene Beck-Jacobson, Marcia Goldman, Lola, and I also enjoyed a great visit to a wonderful bookstore, Book Passage.




**Please remember to support your independent bookstores. Thank you!

[1] While practicing the recipe, I learned one thing: grating carrots on a hand grater is a serious workout. You can avoid expensive gym fees by simply buying a bag of carrots and a hand grater.

Win A Doodle! Hooray!


Don’t miss out on Mike Allegra’s awesome Win-a-Doodle contest!

Originally posted on heylookawriterfellow:


Here’s your chance to win an official Mike Allegra custom made doodle!

But first, a word from Giddy Happy Mike:

This is the cover of the July 2015 issue of Highlights for Children.

Highlights coverIsn’t it great? I especially like this part:

Highlights cover detailThat’s my story!

“Harold’s Hat,” is in the latest issue of Highlights (which is awesome)! And the editors decided to promote it on the magazine’s cover (which is awesomer)!

The issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday. My son took one look at it, turned to me and said, “You are so cool.”

Best Fathers’ Day Present Ever.

The entire magazine is fantastic, by the way (Highlights is always fantastic). So be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life. OK?

Thank you for indulging me. Now where was I? Oh, yes…


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