Friday, February 17, 2017

How to Cut Out Paper Shamrocks


Can't find a four-leaf clover?  That's ok you can make a whole forest of them by folding and cutting some green paper.  Download a PDF of the instructions here.  And don't forget to check out all the other crafts and coloring pages on my website.







Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine's Day Cupcake Picks (Free to Download)


Looking for a sweet idea for your sweetie.  Making some Valentine cupcakes and decorate them with these free cupcake picks.  Just download the PDF and print on stiff paper and attach to toothpicks with tape or heart-shaped stickers.  They are decorative plus they will keep plastic wrap from sticking to the frosting.

You can also print on label paper to make custom Valentine's stickers. The document is formatted to work with Avery 22807 labels.

Don't forget to checkout all the other free downloads on my website.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Lemonade Hurricane Book and Art Giveaway!

**** GIVEAWAY ENDS MARCH 4th 2017 *****


**** GIVEAWAY ENDS MARCH 4th 2017 *****

I'm so happy that the Lemonade Hurricane has been so well received.  This book baby had a busy 2016.  It has won a Maine Literary Award for best children's book and it was also recognized as a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People in 2016 and was also recognized as a Gelett Burgess Honor Book.

I am also very pleased that Lemonade Hurricane is listed as a Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) resource for youth by the Sheppard Pratt Health System.  It's such a wonderful feeling when people not only find something you created to be enjoyable but also useful a useful tool to help them and their children in some way.

Enter today to win your own copy of Lemonade Hurricane.  I will also include an original pencil sketch of Emma and Henry.  




Thursday, November 10, 2016

11 Years, 1,000,000 Books, 700 reviews and One Giveaway!

***** GIVEAWAY ENDS NOVEMBER 30, 2016 *****


My first book, May I Please Have a Cookie? was released in October of 2005.  I never dreamed it would still be going strong a decade later.  In the past eleven years it has sold over one million copies.  And this month the number of Amazon reader reviews surpassed 700. Thank you everyone for all the kind words for Alfie the Alligator.  I'm thrilled that so many people enjoy Alfie the cookie-loving alligator.

Here are some samples from the original dummy proposal that I submitted to Scholastic next to the final artwork as it appears in the book.  There are no words in the dummy version because I originally envisioned it as a wordless picture book.  The only words in the original were, "Please may I have a cookie?" and "Thank you".  I never thought it would get published as part of the Scholastic Reader series.  Heck, I never thought I could write a book!

As you can see most of the illustration spreads didn't change much. But my editor for the book, Liz Mills, made some astute suggestions to the text that I think really helped to make the book a success.





One thing that did change was the title.  Marketing thought a more polite title would be more appealing. 



The book is still published as a Scholastic Reader but many people have told me that their toddlers really enjoy the book.  So I was thrilled when Scholastic released a baby board book edition and a bilingual English/Spanish board book edition.



Thanks again everyone for your kind reviews of Alfie.  I read them as I think most author's do and it really makes my day when someone says they really enjoyed my book.  So if you read a book and like it, I encourage to leave a nice review.  I'm sure the author will really appreciate it.

Now for the giveaway....

Enter below to win one of five signed copies of May I Please Have a Cookie?  (Paperback, board book or bilingual - your choice)


Monday, October 24, 2016

Trick-or-Reaters Promotes Literacy This Halloween



With schools promoting healthy eating and some banning sweets all together, what about giving little ghosts and goblins a bucket full of stories this Halloween?  Trick-or-Reaters makes it easy (and free!)  Just download one their fun printable flyers and give one to each ghoul that knocks on your door.  Kids can then visit the Trick-Or-Reaters website to read spooky stories and fun activities by some of their favorite children's book authors, they might even discover some new favorite author in the process.  Stories are sorted by age range and by scariness so everyone can find a story that is just right for them.






Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Draw a Halloween Witch using the Alphabet

It makes me sad when I hear someone say they can't draw.  If you can write your name then you can draw.



All you need to know is just 3 letters of the alphabet (U, A and L) to draw this little Halloween witch.




Friday, October 14, 2016

Free Kid Halloween Comic to Download & Color



Are you looking for something other than candy to give the little ghosts and ghouls this Halloween? Are you participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project? Here is a sugar free Halloween treat to add to the kid's goodie bags, a mini-comic book to color and read!


Download the PDF here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required)

NOTE: When you download the PDF you may think the pages are out of order.  But if you print or Xerox the PDF using double-sided printing it will work out properly (honest!)  Just cut the pages in half on the dotted line, place the pages in numerical order, fold and staple together.  Two pieces of letter-size paper are required to make each mini-comic book.

You may copy and distribute for non-commercial use only.

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