This past Saturday, Spencer and I got to visit the truly incredible children’s book store, Once Upon a Storybook, in Tustin, CA. Susie, Erin, and Tina there have created an absolutely beautiful store and an even more amazing community, bringing in authors, hosting weekly book readings, and truly building something special in just a few years.
Of course, the Cactus had to come with us, and sat proudly at the store entrance to take pictures with people coming in. Upstairs, Spencer and I got the opportunity to hang out, read poetry, and even make new illustrations with some awesome kids and their families.
If you get the chance to check out Once Upon a Storybook, I highly recommend it. It’s a prime example of why local bookstores and businesses are so important and an absolute treat to peruse.
Super cool. I’ve been accepted into the field of 64 (again) for the 2017 March Madness Poetry Competition, hosted by Ed DeCaria at ThinkKidThink!. It was a ton of fun in 2015, and I’m looking forward to doing better this year than my first round exit in 2015.
Follow along with all the action HERE.
Whoa. Amazing news! Could You Hug a Cactus? was selected as the gold medal winner in its category for the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards! It’s amazing to see the book recognized, and to put a gold foil sticker on the arm of this prickly bad boy. Thank you!
Happy Independence Day, friends! The poem below, “Sounds”, gained so much heart once Spencer added his pencil illustration to it. It’s pretty amazing how much more meaningful it is thanks to his care and talents.
Hoping you all have a safe and fun July 4th holiday!
Jen, over at Real Mom of SFV did a book review of Could You Hug a Cactus? today and had some amazing things to say about the book!
It’s nerve-racking to send your book out for review. As much as I believe in this book and I’m proud of it, I’m still putting it in someone else’s hands, under someone else’s microscope and getting someone else’s honest opinion. Luckily for us, Jen seems to have liked it!
Again, the process of getting Cactus out into the world is slow-going at times, but when we’re able to get feedback like this, it makes the waiting and the regular effort so rewarding.
In addition to her book review, RealMomOfSFV is also giving away 2 signed copies of the book so head over to RealMomOfSFV for a chance to win!
Thank you, Jen!
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Began to fuss and fight
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had hurt him out of spite.
You are so lame, you nicked your name
And simply go by ‘Dee’.
I’d bear such shame to do the same
You’ve made a fool of me!
Spencer and I did a Q&A with Ruby at Westside Mommy and it just went up HERE. She asked some great questions about the difference between living in Michigan and California through the lens of the book – accepting and loving someone even when it is difficult.
Spencer also made clear his total man-crush on Ryan Gosling. All in all, I’d say that’s a win. There’s also a giveaway for free signed copies of Could You Hug a Cactus? Check it out!
Thanks to Dan Dabrowski at Stadium Drive Elementary, Gregg Valley at Orion Oaks, and Leah Karagosian at Pontiac’s ATAP, I was able to spend some time back in Michigan to share Cactus and speak to a whole lot of amazing students before the school year ended. This was an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad I got the chance to go!
If you’d like to learn more about my author visits, or reach out about scheduling one for your school or a school you know, you can check out my Author Visits page.
“But the world is so big
And I am so small”
Is just an excuse
to do nothing at all.
You are so much stronger
Than even you know
So get up and get out
and go, go, go, go!
What an awesome surprise today! Amazon named Could You Hug a Cactus? their #1 New Release in our category! (Children’s Humorous Poetry)
Considering how much I shop on Amazon for everything from home goods to groceries to books and media, seeing my book recognized to some degree on the site is kind of surreal. Just another example of the world opening up it’s arms!
Thanks, Amazon! Thanks, world!