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!

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!

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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