Thursday, March 20, 2014


Okay, folks, here it is. My very first video. It's called MY FAVORITE BOOKS FOR WRITERS and I highlight my top five picks for that category. There is no sound (yet) for this, so bear with me while I figure out how to add sound. In the meantime, I would appreciate your comments and feedback on this first effort. Who knows? If I get LOTS of positive feedback I might have to make LOTS of videos!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

THE SCRAP BOOK - a book review

Do you like to write? Do you love children’s books? Do you love the artwork in children’s books? Do you ever wonder how some of it is created?

I just read a book that I love, Love, LOVE! Can you tell I'm excited about it? Well-known children’s book illustrator and children’s author, Lois Ehlert, has added another book to her wonderful collection. This one, called THE SCRAP BOOK, is like a mini biography written and put together like a scrapbook (hence the name).

It’s filled with very colorful pages and minimal text that explains how she came up with some of the ideas for her book. For instance, when a squirrel slipped inside her house, it gave her an idea for a book. She called it NUTS TO YOU. The inspiration for FEATHERS FOR LUNCH came when her sister's cat escaped out the door. You just never know when an idea might sneak up on you.

She also talks about her art, sharing ideas and techniques she uses to create the artwork for her books. If you're an artist, but not a writer, you might still be find some inspiration for crafts and techniques just by flipping through the pages of this book.

Whether you write children’s books, or illustrate them, or do both like she does, you should read Lois' book. I think you'll find the subject matter interesting, fascinating and inspiring.