Never Underestimate the Power of a Picture Book…

Please help support this great cause.

Michelle Eastman Books

I am celebrating the power of picture books through an initiative called #MARCHingBookstoKids 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

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!

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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Win A Doodle! Woo!

What could be better than a chance to win one of Mike Allegra’s awesome doodles?


for YOU

When I posted my first “Win a Doodle!” contest last year, my motives were simple: I didn’t have a post but I still wanted to post something. I figured that maybe a dozen blog followers would enter. Instead, the comments section went nutty. I was bewildered.

So I did the doodle contest thing a few months later – and that turnout was even nuttier.

It’s been a quite a while since my last doodle contest — and a few of you rabble rousers won’t let me forget it. I have been harassed! Harangued! Badgered! Bullied!

And, like France on the eve of a major war, I have capitulated.

So TAA DAA! Here’s another chance to win your very own doodle!


Yep. It’s true. Need proof? Fine.

Jenion, the winner of the first doodle contest, is an avid cyclist. She asked me to doodle a cyclist. So I did.

Ta daa! Ta daa! (Click to see larger.)


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Bank Street Book Store’s Grand Opening



It was a day of celebration for the Upper West Side, as Bank Street Book Store cut the red ribbon and opened its doors at its new location on 107th Street and Broadway. Children, parents, authors, illustrators, politicians, and friends of Bank Street from near and far came out in droves to show their love and support for the bookstore.

I am thrilled beyond words to have been a part of this great day.

Here are some highlights (contributing photography and videography by Zoe Newman Sachs, Donna Marie and Eric Pearl).


 (Left to right) Council Member Mark Levine, Borough President Gale Brewer, Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky


 A dream come true to see my book at Bank Street Book Store



Jerry Pinkney 


Rebecca Stead and me 


Deborah Heiligman and Andrew Laties


Betsy Bird 


Robie Harris and Amy Hest


 Shael Polakow-Suransky and Cynthia Weill


Todd Tarpley


Vin Vogel and me 


Sandra Jordan 


Donna Marie 


Peter Lerangis 


Me and Chris Grabenstein 

My niece, Zoe, is a HUGE fan of Chris Grabenstein. She couldn’t make it in time for his reading so he was kind enough to make this video for her.


Jill Davis and James Grimaldi 


Jill Davis and her adoring, super adorable fans


Me and Jill Davis 


Nina and Leslie Zampetti


Mawrters in the House!

Annina Luck Wildermuth (Bryn Mawr ’84) and me (Bryn Mawr ’89) 


Francoise Newman, Vanessa Rule (Bryn Mawr ’91), Hilary Newman (Bryn Mawr ’89) and Zoe Newman Sachs (Bryn Mawr Year T/B/D) 



Rory Deutsch, Judith Meehan, and me

If you love Bank Street as much as I do, please show your support for the bookstore. Become a frequent customer, encourage friends, neighbors and family to become frequent customers, and become a friend of Bank Street Book Store. To learn more about how you can become a friend of Bank Street, please contact the store.


Three cheers for Bank Street Book Store! Congratulations and thanks so much for a wonderful day!!!