August 29, 2008

A huge thank you to my son, Benny Davis, the one who filmed it, and edited the entire thing. He’s a genius, and that’s a totally objective opinion.

August 28, 2008

I never had a collection I was passionate about. And I never realized I had a collection until recently when I was overjoyed to add something to a collection I didn’t even know I had. I was driving past a hair salon when I yelped with joy. There, just in front of the building, was…

August 27, 2008

I was thrilled when contacted me to be a part of their extensive Author Name Pronunciation feature. It’s a fantastic way to get kids interested in specific authors, and frankly, it’s just fun. I can’t even imagine how excited I would have been as a kid if I’d been able to hear my favorite…

August 26, 2008

I haven’t done many (any?) reviews here. But summer is my biggest reading time, and I’ve dug into some really great books. This one, by Wendy Mass (full disclosure: we are friends. But if I didn’t like it I’d do like I was taught in kindergarten and not say anything at all). So here goes….

August 21, 2008

The New York Times ran an article about young-adult literature on the July 20, in which article author Margo Rabb talked about the marginalizing of YA novels. Here’s a wonderful letter in the August 3 Book Review: ******** To the Editor: Sherman Alexie, who is quoted in Margo Rabb’s Essay “I’m Y.A., and I’m O.K.”…

August 20, 2008

Editing styles vary as much as people are different. But I have to say, the best advice I ever got on editing was from a very smart man named Michael Stearns, my editor on Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job, Kindergarten Rocks! and other picture books I pubbed with Harcourt. He…

August 20, 2008

I’ve never done this, so it was very exciting. I was asked to be a guest blogger here. I know. I’m easily pleased, what can I say?!

August 18, 2008

Sorry if you’re listening to these guys, wondering where I am…they are running late: CHANGE OF SCHEDULE: I’ll be on the Jonathan Brandmeier show (The Loop 97.9FM) AROUND 10:30am EDT, THOUGH IT COULD BE UP TO 11AM answering questions from kindergartners and possibly their parents. If you’re interested in streaming it live at