Category Archives: children’s book authors

An update on my co-writing project

So…as many of you know, since last October I have been co-writing a middle grade novel with a colleague, Susan Montanari. This is the first time either of us has co-written something, so it has been something of a literary … Continue reading

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Colonial Burial Vaults

This past week I was in Savannah, Georgia to research a new middle-grade (or should I say “grave”) novel.  This is my first co-writing adventure, and my writing partner, Susan Montanari, and I had lots of fun learning about Colonial … Continue reading

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Writing A New Book

This week I’m starting a new middle grade novel.  I’d be lying if I said anything other than “it’s torture.” Getting those first pages down is always the hardest part, and I digress with Solitaire breaks, trips to the kitchen … Continue reading

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SCBWI Shoreline Conference 2011

For the 12th year in row, Doe Boyle and her team organized an inspiring day for aspiring writers.  (Okay, many among us were published, but I couldn’t resist the inspiring/aspiring word choice).  For those of you unaware of the acronym, … Continue reading

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Beatrice’s Goat…the musical!

A staged reading of a new mini-musical based on Beatrice’s Goat will be presented tonight at the Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles.  This exciting project, a 20-30 minute musical, will be available as a downloadable “kit” with music, script, staging … Continue reading

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Author Questions

In a few weeks I’ll be making an author visit to Maloney Magnet in Waterbury, CT.  Sydney, a 5th grader, sent me some questions ahead of time, and I thought I’d reprint them here, since they fall into the “frequently … Continue reading

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historic preservation project

A new project in which I’m involved has me buzzing! The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is developing an exciting collaboration between a group of teaching artists and curators at four historic state museums.  The museums include the Prudence Crandall … Continue reading

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Worms on the go…

Yesterday my compost worms were back at school.  Here are some highlights of their visit with the kindergarteners.   Once the story finished, the kids sat down to write a sentence about one thing they learned.  

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The Poop on Worms

Yesterday 31 kindergarteners crowded around my worm bin.  It was hard for them not to push and shove.  The bin is loaded at the moment.  Loaded with worms.  And worm castings, otherwise known as poop. Red wigglers, or compost worms, … Continue reading

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Page Two

A weepy day of rain.  One sparrow sits on my empty birdfeeder sheltered from the weather.  I want to make it a tiny rain poncho, roomy enough to fly.      

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