Author Acrostics with Ammi-Joan Paquette

So long ago. So far away. Almost in another galaxy. Well, at least in the pre-Covid year of 2010, I met my agent at a small workshop in Somerville, MA. That meeting led to a trusted relationship and to the publication of several picture book manuscripts. I’m forever grateful to Ammi-Joan Paquette, both her positivity and her patience. As it turns out, she is pretty good with acrostics, too! You may find more about her books here.

Author Acrostics with Hayley Barrett

Long before her first book, Baby Moon, was published or even accepted, I met Hayley Barrett. Actually, long before she shared my same agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette. Even then, I knew Hayley was going places. Why? Because she has the art of generosity down pat. She gives of herself and her talents without asking for anything in return. It has been my privilege to see that generosity rewarded in abundance. If you would like to learn more about Hayley and her lovely books, look right here!

Author Acrostics with Lynda Mullaly Hunt

It is a special day when Lynda Mullaly Hunt stops by as my guest for #AuthorAcrostics. I often say “I knew Lynda when…,” meaning I knew her before her first book sale, back when she ran the Whispering Pines retreat. Lynda attended my first book-signing for my first picture book, My Sister, Alicia May, back in 2009. Well, guess what? She’s the same easy-going, kind-hearted person after becoming a New York Times bestseller as she was beforehand. But you probably knew that already. Hope you enjoy Lynda’s words on this page. You can link to her website here.

Author Acrostics with Anika Aldamuy Denise

In the middle of the night, I had an idea. Wouldn’t it be fun to feature various authors making acrostics from their names? Their descriptive word choices would reflect their art, creativity, and personalities. Believe it or not, when I asked a few friends to give it a try, they were game. Here is my very first featured author, Anika Aldamuy Denise. You can find her work here! Way to go, ANIKA! You get the prize for being the bravest of the brave. 

San Francisco Blurbs

Recently a librarian from the Children’s Day School in San Francisco shared the feedback that many of her students wrote after reading The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful. I’ve been smiling ever since because of their kind words and insight into this story. They also shared some pictures of the dragons they imagined. I hope these Kindergarteners and First Graders inspire you as well! I’m now blessed to have an online visit with them scheduled for June. Can’t wait!

“I liked that…at first they thought that they had to frighten the dragon, but then they realized that the dragon just wanted something – that it didn’t mean to be frightening.” Arcadia

“Your story is very good. I like your story a lot because it has dragons and I like dragons.” Max

“I like the parts where Mei helps Wei. Thank you for sharing your story with us!” Zaina

“I appreciate the author for being really nice to write this story!” Aaron

“One thing I liked about the story was that one of the sisters helped the other sister!! Thank you for sharing your story with us!!” Riley

“It was a cool story and nice. They act dis-alike: One’s scared and one likes to fight and they both were brave at the end.” Yahli

“The sisters worked together as a team and didn’t give up until they did it. I like the details of the story and the handwriting. It was just so joyful to hear that story!” Rohan

“One of the things I like about your story is the part when Wei went to Kung Fu class. I also like the pictures!” Malinteotl 

“It was funny when you said the sticky buns for the dragon” Kalyani

“They’re both really brave because, well, Mei at the beginning thought she was NOT brave but she actually IS brave.” Lisana

“The Yin-Yang sisters are similar because they’re both very brave. I liked your story because the people are really brave.” Kalyani

“I appreciate Nancy Tupper Ling because the two sisters kept on trying. The brave one actually made the dragon feel better and the really brave one tried her very best – and they kept on trying until they got it!” Vera

“What I liked about the story was that they may be opposites but sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and do what your fears are. I was really scared to go on these swings and I went on there . . . I just took a deep breath and went on there.” Parker