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Fantastic News!

April 7, 2022

April is poetry month. The following may not be poetry, but it makes my heart sing!

I’m thrilled to announce my newest book, THE BIG STINK: The Legen-dairy Tale of Colonel Thomas S. Meacham and His Enormous Cheese. (This is a working title.)

I’m a children’s book author. I had two early chapter books published years ago along with a variety of educational magazine articles and stories. Then, life got in the way and my writing was intermittent. In the last five years, I’ve been free of major commitments. I’ve used those years to commit to my writing.

I happened to see an unusual story of a huge cheese that was made and delivered to the president of the United States with considerable pomp and circumstance in 1836. It piqued my curiosity, and I began researching the story behind the story in 2019. When I felt I had enough information, I wrote a fictional picture book manuscript that was based on the incident. After many revisions, using comments and suggestions from my critique partners, I sent it to my agent. She liked it, and after more revisions suggested by my agent, she sent it to various publishing houses. The common response was that the editors liked the historical information in the story but didn’t like having a mouse as a narrator. I went back to the drawing board. Or I should say, I went back to the computer board. I turned the fictional story into a narrative nonfiction manuscript. I made sure my research and facts were accurate before sharing the manuscript with my critique partners and my agent. More revisions. The new version was sent out once again. There were more rejections, but Barb McNally and her team at Sleeping Bear Press liked what they saw. Through my agent, they made an offer in August of 2021. Lucky me!

The book is now in the works with talented Lesley Breen tackling the illustrations, and Barb McNally skillfully guiding me through the editorial part of the process. You’ll be hearing more from me as the publication date in Spring of 2023 gets closer. You can check out my website here. I hope readers will find THE BIG STINK a tasty slice of cheesy history.

PB Review: Little Dandelion Seeds the World

February 4, 2021

Little Dandelion Seeds the World written by Julia Richardson and illustrated by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell, Sleeping Bear Press, March 15, 2021

Dandelions!

Children love them. Lawn enthusiasts not so much.

Where do dandelions come from? Why do they seem to pop up everywhere?

Julia Richardson has the answer to these questions in her delightful book about the adaptability of the dandelion in Little Dandelion Seeds the World. With the use of repetition, rhyme, and alliteration, the author’s lyrical text is music to readers’ ears. Each page turn engages readers as they follow the path of one little dandelion seed. The wind twists and turns the seed, taking it to far-off places where it plants itself. Down with a root. Up with a shoot. And when the yellow flower fades, POOF! The seeds take flight once again. It slowly travels across the world. It finds its way to each continent by hitching a ride with the weather, indigenous animals, and human beings. Readers will enjoy the bright and colorful illustrations created by Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell as they follow the journey of the dandelion seed to unusual places. This book is informative, entertaining, and provides room for discussions about seeds, animals, and continents. Little Dandelion Seeds the World celebrates resilience and deserves a prize bouquet of — dandelions!

Knock, Knock

June 7, 2018

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. ~Henry Van Dyke

May I Come In?  written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh is an engaging picture book about a thunderstorm and friendship that will delight young readers.

may i come in

When a fierce thunderstorm frightens Raccoon, he looks for safety with Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck. What bad luck! No one has room for poor Raccoon. A shimmery light in the distance catches Raccoon’s eye, and he makes his way through the storm to Rabbit’s door. When the door is opened, Raccoon sees ten little rabbits hopping and bopping about. He knows there will be no room. What good luck! Rabbit invites him in and offers him a cozy chair and warmth. As the storm rages on, there’s another knock at Rabbit’s door. Who do you think is there? Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck are looking for comfort from the scary storm. Of course, Rabbit welcomes all her friends just as it should be. Readers will enjoy Jennie Poh’s colorful illustrations and Marsha Diane Arnold’s cleverly worded text that shows how a good friend and neighbor can make room for everyone and chase storm jitters away.

 

 

 


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