Hot Diggity Dog! My Picture Book, Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, Is Heading to Creston Books!


Hildie Bitterpickles is kicking her heels and partying like it’s 2013 because Hildie and her noisy, annoying neighbors are packing their bags and heading to Creston Books.  But the news gets even better because the amazing and incredibly talented, Chris Ewald, is going to illustrate the book. 

But wait! There’s more! I just learned that the amazing and incredibly talented, Deborah Zemke, is going to illustrate, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery.   

Over the moon doesn’t even to begin to describe how I’m feeling.

And I just want to take a moment to shout out a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Marissa Moss for taking a chance on me.  And to Chris Ewald and Deborah Zemke for illustrating my books.  I so look forward to working with both Chris and Deborah, and seeing my characters finally come to life.

And wait!  Of course, I’m not done yet.  I also want to shout out a VERY BIG THANK YOU to my agent, Liza Fleissig, writing group (Jill Davis, Jacki Morris, and Joanne French), and husband and son.  THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!  I COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT EACH OF YOU!!

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (Creston Books Spring 2015)

The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake (Creston Books Fall 2015) 


Kids’ Corner: The Next Generation of Writers and Illustrators


Over the last few weeks, I’ve met a number of kids who are interested in being writers and illustrators when they grow up.  So, this got me thinking.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a kids’ corner on my website, where from time to time, I post the work of the newest generation of writers and illustrators?

So, if your kids are particularly proud of a poem, short story, comic strip, doodle, or drawing that they’ve written and/or drawn, I would be happy to feature it on my blog if:


  1. Everything is parent approved.
  2. Drawings are photographed and saved as jpg files.
  3. Please include a photo of yourself saved as jpg file (optional).
  4. Please tell me a bit about yourself:
  • Name, age, grade
  • What is your favorite book?
  • When did you start writing and/or drawing?
  • Can you please tell me about your work?

And please e-mail everything to:

As always, happy reading and writing!

By rnewman504

Children’s Author Blog Hop

Please check out Rosanne Kurstedt’s wonderfully insightful responses in the Children’s Author Blog Hop, and come meet her very talented invitees to the “Hop.”

Rosanne L. Kurstedt's

This week I am excited to participate in the Children’s Author Blog Hop (my first one). For this Blog Hop participating authors answer four identical questions and then invite three more kidlit authors to join in the “Hop.”  I was honored to be asked by my friend and fellow kidlit writer Robin Newman.

robinwebsitephoto copyROBIN NEWMAN: Robin writes a blog, “Let’s Talk Books”, covering kidlit, where she interviews authors and illustrators of books for all ages.  She recently sold THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE, the first book in the WILCOX AND GRISWOLD MYSTERY SERIES to CRESTON BOOKS (release date TBD),  She writes picture books, chapter books and more!  She would love to have coffee with the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs!  Follow Robin on Twitter @robinnewmanbook and Facebook at

Now without further ado, here are the questions and my responses.


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By rnewman504

Creston Books: Upcoming Author Events


Are you in California? Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids? Then, check out these AWESOME upcoming author events.

lola_cover_webBooks, Inc – Author Event with Marcia Goldman and Lola
Saturday, September 28
1760 4th Street
Berkeley, CA

Peninsula Humane Society – “Paws for Tales” Therapy Program with Marcia and Lola Goldman at Foster City Library
Tuesday, October 1
1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City, CA 94404

coverwebHabitot Children’s Museum – Author Event with Elisa Kleven
Saturday, October 5
11:00am – 12:30pm
2065 Kittredge St.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Enjoy! 🙂

Let’s Talk Book Fairs

Fall is that glorious time of year of sharpened pencils, new notebooks, and eager faces heading back to school.

It is also that glorious time for fall book releases and book fairs.  And there are two big fairs coming up that I wanted to tell you about.

Princeton’s Children’s Book Festival is taking place on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 11 am – 4 pm, at the Princeton Public Library and the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Plaza.


And who’s going to be there? EVERYONE! All right, maybe not EVERYONE, but many of my favorite authors and illustrators.  Please click here to check out the awesome list!

For more information, please go to Princeton’s Children’s Book Festival’s website.

And in October, there’s the Collingswood Book Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 10 am – 4 pm, on Haddon Ave., Downtown Collingswood, NJ.


And who’s going to be there? EVERYONE!  All right, you got me.  Maybe not EVERYONE, but just about EVERYONE. ☺  And more of my favorite authors and illustrators.  Please click here to check out the out-of-this world list!

But wait, there’s also going to be music at the Collingswood Book Festival, and my all-time favorite band, The Rockdoves,* will be performing.  You can catch them at noon in Tent 3.

The Rockdoves

For more information, please go to Collingswood Book Festival’s website.

Two awesome weekend events for kids of all ages!  Enjoy!

* Wait!  Please don’t forget to check out the interview I did with The Rockdoves.

The Adventures of Tomato and Pea

It’s not every day when an 11-year old publishes his first book AND writes a blog AND writes book reviews for his local paper. Please check out Erik Weibel’s awesome new book, The Adventures of Tomato and Pea. Mega congrats, Erik!

By rnewman504

Children’s Author Blog Hop

This week I am participating in the Children’s Author Blog Hop.  For this Blog Hop, participating authors were asked to answer four identical questions and then invite three more children’s authors to join in the “Hop.”  And I am thrilled that my fellow Creston Book author, the incredibly prolific Darlene Beck-Jacobson, was kind enough to invite me.


Me & Darlene (2013 NJ SCBWI Annual Conference)

Darlene’s first novel, Wheels of Change (Creston Books), is hitting bookstores in 2014.  Many of Darlene’s books, including Wheels of Change, explore how family and history converge through children’s eyes.  In Wheels of Change, a young girl’s attempt to save her family’s business leads her on an adventure that lands her a visit with Theodore Roosevelt.  Darlene is also working on a current, contemporary middle-grade novel, The Art of Imperfection.   A chapter from her middle-grade novel, Sparrow in the Hand, which explores the coming of age of two sisters growing up in a coal mining area of Pennsylvania during the 1920’s, appeared in the March 2001 issue of Cricket Magazine.

Darlene blogs about kidlit, crafts, recipes, and activities for children.  You can follow her wonderful blog at: and follow her on Twitter @dustbunnymaven.

My invitees to the Blog Hop are three of my favorite authors:  Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Anita Nolan, and Rosanne Kurstedt.  (See more about my amazingly talented invitees and their awesome books below.)

Here are my answers to the questions.

What are you working on right now? 

Over the last few months, I’ve been working on revisions to my early chapter book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, A Wilcox & Griswold Mystery (Creston Books, release TBD).  It is the first book in the series about two hard-nosed mouse detectives, who are MFIs, Missing Food Investigators.  In their seminal case, they’re on the hunt for Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake.  (Please note the names of the animals have been changed to protect the innocent.)

I’ve also been working on a number of picture books, including one about three mischievous peacocks who reside on the grounds of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York.

How does it differ from other works in the genre?

Generally speaking, I try to write books that appeal to kids of all ages.  My early chapter book detective series brings the humor and fun of old cop shows to the elementary school crowd.

And in terms of my peacocks, there’s only one other picture book to the best of my knowledge (fingers and toes crossed it stays that way!) about the peacocks.  And it is a very different picture book from the one currently on the market.  There’s mischief and plotting and even the world’s best mac ‘n cheese.

Why do you write what you do?

A few years back, I started working on a YA novel, but somehow I always seem to gravitate back to picture books and early chapter books.  I am also a foodie and a fractured fairy tale fanatic.  (The Big Bad Wolf and I go way back. :))  Somehow food, fairy tales, and lots of silliness seem to seep their way into many of my writings.

What is the hardest part about writing?

Once I know where I’m going, the actual writing is easy.  It’s the rewriting, tweaking, and re-tweaking of the manuscript that is always hard for me.

Now for the best part!  Here are the amazingly talented writers that I’ve invited to the Blog Hop.


ddm-coverSudipta Bardhan-Quallen has over 24 published titles under her belt, running the gamut from picture books to fiction and non-fiction for both children and adults to an upcoming middle grade chapter book series, Spectacles of Destiny, and to speaking and teaching engagements.  Her latest picture book Duck, Duck, Moose! illustrated by Noah Z. Jones is coming out January 2014.  You can visit Sudipta at, or at her blog,, which she shares with author Kami Kinard, and on Facebook,, and on Twitter too! @SudiptaBQ

Anita Nolan writes middle grade and young adult novels and speaks frequently on the writing process at writing conferences, the Pearl S. Buck Writing Center and other venues.  She is the author of a historic fiction chapter book written for an educational publisher and articles for children’s magazines.  She was editor for Sprouts, the magazine of the NJSCBWI when it was published and has edited children’s fiction for an e-publisher.  You can visit Anita at, or her blog,, and on Twitter too! @anitanolan


And I thoughtRosanne Kurstedt has a Ph.D. in education and is the acclaimed author of the self-published book, And I thought About You (illustrated by Lisa Carletta-Vietes), an honorable mention recipient at the New England Book Festival and the New York Book Festival.  She was also the recipient of a 2013 Barbara Karlin Grant Letter of Commendation.  In addition, she’s the author of a professional book for teachers, Teaching Writing With Picture Books as Models (Scholastic, 2000). You can visit Rosanne at, or at her blog,, and on Facebook,, and on Twitter too! @rlkurstedt

Let the Blog Hopping continue!  Happy writing and reading!