Maybe there are some people who are finding they have extra time to spare and share because of the season of this new virus. I do hope they are sending tangible symbols of our love and respect to all of the nursing homes during COVID-19.
In this free healthy habits worksheet based on my first children's picture book, we can use the powerful force of habit to improve our lives. A teachers' lesson plan is included.
Read the answers to these interview questions: What was the most difficult part of writing your book? What is the most fun part of writing your book?
One of the perks of writing for children is that I get to spend time with other children’s writers. Here are my top five favorite things about them.
A blog drawing interpretation contest where one lucky (and skilled) winner will get a copy of "Coloring Fun with the Can-Do Karate Kid" coloring book.
I have encountered many surprises on this path. One of them was the support of the Twitter writing community. Those of us on the social media site hashtag it #WritingCommunity.
Someone, and in the case of my books, something has to be the bad guy. The third book’s villain is a Quitting monster. And the form it takes to help teach kids about perseverance has not yet been revealed.
The child main characters, Michi and Makoto, and I myself, are all daydreaming and talking about a lot of the same things on our picture book adventure.
Writer's block is a commonly known concept. Personally, I don’t suffer from debilitating writer’s block (apologies to writer friends who do). Writing comes easily for me, whether good or bad (that can be decided later). For me, it’s illustrator’s block that plagues my creativity.
Learn a bit about the bad "guy" in a children's character-building picture book through her garden plans. She is called Dishonesty and is a spider. In the story, she weaves tangled webs around two karate friends, encouraging them to lie and fib. If she had her own plot for growing, here is what Dishonesty’s garden would include. You might learn a little about plants too!