Archive for July, 2012

Words

July 9, 2012

I’ve been collecting words I love–like clattering, whispering, galloping, trotting, buzzing.
Does anyone else have favorite words? I’d love to hear more….

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New Picture Book

July 6, 2012

     There’s a baby in there. At least, that’s what they’re trying to tell me. But I don’t believe them. I was in there, about four years ago, and I didn’t see anybody else. I think I would have seen someone if there’d been a baby in there.

          That’s the beginning of my new picture book coming out soon. I’m thrilled–it’s a tough world for picture books, the single hardest type of book to get published these days. I’ve piled up many rejections, so I figure it’s okay to share this piece of good news. I got the idea for this book when I was traveling to Cleveland to do an author visit. I glanced out the window and saw a very pregnant lady walking uphill. Alone in my car, I exclaimed, “There’s a baby in there!” And by the end of the day, I’d pictured all the misunderstandings a little boy might have about getting a sibling. I admit that I pictured real people. But my fantastic illustrator, Carlynn Whitt, brought her own creativity to the book.