The Best “How-To” and Cumulative Picture Books

The Best “How-To” and Cumulative Picture Books

If you want to read or write in a non-traditional story format, cumulative and how-to books add a fun variation. Cumulative Stories (or chain tales) contain dialogue or action that repeats and builds throughout the story. “How-To” Picture Books are often...
The Best Picture Books about Pirates

The Best Picture Books about Pirates

Aaarrrrrrr you ready for some spectacular pirate books? I recently went on a deep ocean dive of pirate books. Here be my FAVORITES of the 58 pirate-themed children’s books I scavenged. The 9 BEST picture books about pirates: HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long...
My Bumpy Journey to Becoming an Agented Author

My Bumpy Journey to Becoming an Agented Author

(Que Squealing and Jumping around!!!!) My excited face here is REAL! I printed this sign and took the photo shortly after signing a contract agreement to be represented by Amy Nielsen with The Purcell Agency! Just thinking about this moment still fills me with happy...
Writing Treasures from the SCBWI-MI ’23 Conference

Writing Treasures from the SCBWI-MI ’23 Conference

In April 2023 SCBWI-MI held a conference in Livonia, Michigan at the Vistatech Center. It was my first IN-PERSON conference and I was a little nervous but excited. I should have known I had nothing to fear. The children’s writing community is the nicest group of...