Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mama-kisses always come find you!

Not to give away the ending or anything, but that's the theme of my newest picture book, Catch a Kiss.

No matter how far they have to go,
no matter what they have to get through,
and even if they get lost along the way,
Mama-kisses ALWAYS come find you.



Published by Sleeping Bear Press and illustrated beautifully by the talented Kris Aro McLeod, Catch a Kiss is available now at your favorite bookseller.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Upcoming Appearances

I have two library story times coming up next week, both of which include a visit from the costumed Pout-Pout Fish!

One is at the Delta Township District Library on March 9, 2016.

The other is at CADL Downtown on March 10, 2016.

I'll also be a guest speaker at A Rally of Writers on April 9, 2016 (but without the costumed Pout-Pout Fish).

Head over to my web site Event Calendar for more details.

Also, the costumed Mr. Fish will have several Lansing area appearances in March that I won't be present for. For a list of these Pout-Pout Fish character appearances, click here (link is to a brochure on the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition's Facebook page).

Thursday, February 4, 2016

If there were a law against blog neglect, I'd probably be in jail by now...

My poor dusty blog!!

I haven't been here for quite a while, and it's been even longer than that since I've posted a Michigander Monday profile.  It will probably be until spring before the Michigander Monday feature returns.

But rest assured, around the time the snow melts (or thereabouts), Michigander Monday will resume, as will (semi-)regular postings by me.

Until then, a few news tidbits:

The newest addition to The Pout-Pout Fish series is the mini-adventure Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish.  It came out in December, so you can currently find it on the shelves of your favorite library or bookstore. As you might have gathered from the title, it's a short but sweet story -- only 12 pages long, but full of ways to express love. Fun to read on any day, and perfect for Valentine's Day.

Arriving this May will be The Pout-Pout Fish Giant Sticker Book. Full of stickers. Lots of them!

In non-fish publication news, in April I will have a new picture book out called Catch a Kiss, illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod.  I'll share the cover for that very soon.

In the meantime, thank you for stopping by my blog, despite its currently neglected status. I look forward to sharing more regular postings with you in the very near future.  Smooch-smooch!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Event Cancellation: Nov. 22 B&N Flint Story Time Cancelled

I've been thoroughly enjoying my school visits and bookstore visits this past week.  Unfortunately, due to weather and travel issues, I've had to cancel the story time scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2015 at the Flint Barnes and Noble.  My apologies!  If you had planned to come to it to get a book signed, please contact me directly and we'll figure something out.  Thanks!!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Tour, Day 6: Georgia

This blog post, like the others during my Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish book tour, is posting automatically, as I'm not sure how much opportunity I'll have during the tour to log on and blog.  But I'm hoping that you'll participate in making the post feel more lively by commenting.  I'd like to make these posts fun and educational (especially for classrooms following my travels) via the comments.  Thank you!!

Today I'm scheduled to appear at Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA.  Hope to see you there!  (Be sure to confirm event details with the bookstore before attending, just in case of any last minute schedule adjustments due to travel delays.)

One of the best parts about traveling is learning, and I'd love to know more about Georgia.

In the comments, please tell me (and the rest of this blog's readers) something interesting about Georgia (the state as a whole, or specific locations; bits of history, culture, trivia -- anything interesting).  Or, if you're wondering something about Georgia, ask!  I'll bet we can find an answer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book Tour, Day 5: Florida

This blog post, like the others during my Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish book tour, is posting automatically, as I'm not sure how much opportunity I'll have during the tour to log on and blog.  But I'm hoping that you'll participate in making the post feel more lively by commenting.  I'd like to make these posts fun and educational (especially for classrooms following my travels) via the comments.  Thank you!!

Today I'm scheduled to appear at Vero Beach Book Center in Vero Beach, FL.  Hope to see you there!  (Be sure to confirm event details with the bookstore before attending, just in case of any last minute schedule adjustments due to travel delays.)

One of the best parts about traveling is learning, and I'd love to know more about Florida.

In the comments, please tell me (and the rest of this blog's readers) something about Florida (the state as a whole, or specific locations; bits of history, culture, trivia -- anything interesting).  Or, if you're wondering something about Florida, ask!  I'll bet we can find an answer.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Book Tour, Day 3: North Carolina

This blog post, like the others during my Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish book tour, is posting automatically, as I'm not sure how much opportunity I'll have during the tour to log on and blog.  But I'm hoping that you'll participate in making the post feel more lively by commenting.  I'd like to make these posts fun and educational (especially for classrooms following my travels) via the comments.  Thank you!!

Today I'll be at Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC.  Hope to see you there!  (Be sure to confirm event details with the bookstore before attending, just in case of any last minute schedule adjustments due to travel delays.)

One of the best parts about traveling is learning, and I'd love to know more about North Carolina.

In the comments, please tell me (and the rest of this blog's readers) something about North Carolina (the state as a whole, or specific locations; bits of history, culture, trivia -- anything interesting).  Or, if you're wondering something about North Carolina, ask!  I'll bet we can find an answer.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Book Tour, Day 1: Mississippi

This blog post, like the others during my Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish book tour, is posting automatically, as I'm not sure how much opportunity I'll have during the tour to log on and blog.  But I'm hoping that you'll participate in making the post feel more lively by commenting.  I'd like to make these posts fun and educational (especially for classrooms following my travels) via the comments.  Thank you!!

Today I'm scheduled to appear at Square Books in Oxford, MS.  Hope to see you there!  (Be sure to confirm event details with the bookstore before attending, just in case of any last minute schedule adjustments due to travel delays.)

One of the best parts about traveling is learning, and I'd love to know more about Mississippi

In the comments, please tell me (and the rest of this blog's readers) something about Mississippi (the state as a whole, or specific locations; bits of history, culture, trivia -- anything interesting).  Or, if you're wondering something about Mississippi, ask!  I'll bet we can find an answer.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Easy gifts for kids to make

One of the themes of the new Pout-Pout Fish book, The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish, is that gifts don't have to be flashy or expensive.  The best gifts of all come straight from the heart!

Kids love to make and give gifts.  All they need is a little help and encouragement.  If you're in search of ideas for presents that you and your kids can handmake together, I've gathered a few suggestions to get you started over on my Pinterest board.  Stop by and take a look!

And feel free to suggest other ideas for the board.  I'll be adding to the board on an ongoing basis.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Book Tour! And two favors to ask of you...


I’ll be traveling this month to several bookstores to do story times and signings.  While I'm on tour, I'd like to ask two favors of you.


First, if you happen to be in the vicinity of any of my events, please come see me!

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(Be sure to confirm event details with the bookstore before attending, just in case of any last minute schedule adjustments due to travel delays.)

Second, during the out-of-state portion of my tour, I'd like to try a little something on this blog. There are some school classes that will be checking this blog periodically to follow my tour progress, and I'd like to make the experience fun and educational for them.  Since I'll be pretty busy with travel logistics and not always able to post to this blog, I've prepared blog entries for next week ahead of time.  Each blog entry is a simple post that will tell what state I'm currently in.

This is where you come in.  When those posts go up, what I'm hoping is that you would be willing to blog-comment with interesting facts, history, famous folks, etc. from the state being featured.  Or blog-comment with your questions about the state.  That way we can turn the post into something lively and informative for kids.

So...  please come back to this blog on Saturday, Nov. 14, and share your knowledge and/or your questions about Mississippi; and have your North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana info/questions ready for the days to follow.

Thanks!  See you on the road!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Michigander Monday?

Boy, my blog has gotten a bit dusty lately! I apologize for the lack of posts in the last few weeks. I thought I'd pop on for a moment to reassure you that the Michigander Monday feature is not gone, just taking a short break.  It will be back (relatively) soon.

Also coming soon:  Tour schedule for The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish book tour, which will take place from November 14-22, 2015.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!