There’s No Place Like KidLit TV


If you’ve ever wanted to go to Oz, all you have to do is click your heels three times, take the #1 train to Franklin Street, and ring the doorbell at #112. As soon as you enter, you will realize there’s magic in the air. It’s the home of KidLit TV.


Julie Gribble and me (photo by Kassia Graham) 

I had the chance to spend the morning in this wonderfully magical place as I waited to record a reading of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.


Hildie and I enjoying our KidLit TV debut.



Hildie closeup (Photo by Kassia Graham) 


Kassia Graham


Art by Kelly Light


I would love to take home each and everyone of these loveys. 


Painting of Franklin Street by Roxie Munro 

It was so much fun having my make up done by the incredibly talented Mable Pang. I so wish she could do my make up every day. How fun would it be showing up at school pick up looking like Cinderella rather than my usual Wicked Witch of the West in sweat pants. I wonder if my own son would recognize me.


Mable Pang reading Hildie Bitterpickles


Signing a copy of The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake for Maple Pang’s daughter.


Rocco Staino 


Steve Light

Steve Light (photos by Kassia Graham) 

Unfortunately, I missed catching up with Joyce Wan. But here are some photographs Kassia Graham took of her visit to KidLit TV.

On my way out, all that I could think of was “There’s no place like KidLit TV. . . . There’s no place like KidLit TV.”



#825 – Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep by Robin Newman & Chris Ewald

Please grab your broom and fly on over to Kid Lit Review to read a spellbindingly wonderful review of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

Kids Lit Review

A quick note, if you’ll indulge me. I have been gone for a few days, thanks to the lupus. The fatigue alone was, well, tiring. The disease in unpredictable in many ways, especially when it will cause trouble.  Nothing to fret about, but I didn’t want you to think I’d abandoned ship.

I am excited to be back. There are several superb books waiting their turn. A couple of the middle grade books are brilliant. The next book in the queue is a picture book. If you like witches and things that go bump in the night, you will love this next book.

hildie bitterpickles cover
Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep
Written by Robin Newman
Illustrated by Chris Ewald
Creston Books    4/12/2016
32 pages    Ages 4—8

“How can a weary witch get any sleep when a blind mice construction crew and bleating black sheep move in? Dealing with noisy neighbors…

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By rnewman504

Waffles With Writers: Robin Newman (And A Giveaway!)

Please hop on over to Mike Allegra’s AWESOME blog, “Hey Look! A Writer Fellow,” where he’s serving up homemade waffles, an interview with yours truly, and a giveaway!

Hey, Look! A Writer Fellow!

Waffle-icious! Waffle-icious!

Welcome to the fifth installment of my bloggy interview show, Waffles with Writers, where I chat with a working writer over a nice, waffle-centric meal.

Today’s guest is the lovely and talented Robin Newman. Her first book, The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake (featuring intrepid mouse detectives Wilcox and Griswold) hit shelves last year to rave reviews and brisk sales. Her new (and similarly lauded) book, Hilde Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep, is out now.

Robin also, apparently, likes hats.

Robin incognitoHi, Robin! Come on in. I just finished making breakfast. What do you like on your waffles?

Aside from the kitchen sink, Nutella. Everything is better with Nutella — pasta, pizza, artichokes, etc. you name it. At one point, I believe it was even being marketed as a breakfast health food. So one can eat Nutella guilt free!

Fine. Just stop saying Nutella. Also you can…

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By rnewman504

TIP du JOUR: You Are the #1 Pitch Person for Your Book


Please grab your broom, pogo stick, skateboard, or running shoes, and head on over to Literally Lynne Marie’s AWESOME blog, “My Word Playground,” to see my guest post on becoming the #1 pitch person for your book. Here’s the LINK!

And be sure to check out Lynne Marie’s super-adorable book, Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten.


It’s available on Amazon.