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World Read Aloud Day 2021

It’s now over a week ago, but my WRAD experience was amazing this year. I loaded all of my events into my Google Calendar so that I could easily find the link to each Zoom or Meet. That was definitely helpful. I also printed off a sheet for each school so I knew which book or poem we were working on. With 7 visits in a row, there wasn’t time in between each one for any hesitation. From Colombia to Queens, El Paso to Midlothian, Virginia, I had a blast creating poems and showing a “sneak peak” of my next children’s book, For Every Little Thing (Eerdmans Publishing), co-authored with June Cotner. It’s safe to say, I can’t wait until next year.

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Author Acrostics with Elly Swartz

I can’t think of anyone I’d rather hang out with during a New England snow storm than Elly Swartz. If you haven’t read one of Elly’s fabulous books yet, now is the time to start. You can choose from Finding Perfect, Give and Take, or Smart Cookie. If you finish those, her next book, Dear Student, will be coming out in 2022. To learn more at her website, click https://ellyswartz.com/ To book a photo session with her talented son, Greg, head to https://www.instagram.com/gregswartz_photography/

Author Acrostics with Brian Lies

I can’t imagine starting out an #AuthorAcrostics New Year any better than this. I’m honored to have New York Times best-selling author-illustrator, Brian Lies, here with me today. I think this is a good omen for 2021, don’t you?! Please join me on Twitter for a chance to win a copy of Brian’s amazing book, The Rough Patch, which received a Caldecott Honor and a Crystal Kite award. To learn more about Brian’s upcoming book, Little Bat in Night School, and more click here.

Author Acrostics with Suzanne Nelson

Hey, you say! It’s not a Monday! How can you post an #AuthorAcrostics on a Wednesday? Are you trying to trick us? Well, not exactly, but it is officially the Christmas season, so what better time to introduce you to Suzanne Nelson’s debut picture book?! Over in the Stable is a book to feast your eyes on thanks to the illustrations by Aleksandar Zolotic. You may read about all of Suzanne’s books and activities here.

Author Acrostics with Janet Costa Bates

Does it surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me that my friend, Janet Costa Bates, went outside the box in her creativity with her #AuthorAcrostics. Besides, she is one of the best critique partners I could have because sometimes she looks at things upside down and backward in order to make a story stronger. To find out more about her upcoming 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.