Hi everyone,

My picture book, AND THE BULLFROGS SING, which came out last year from Holiday House, has been selected as an honor book for the 2020 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award in the Beginning Non-Fiction category by the Children’s Services Division of the Maryland Library Association. The awards were announced yesterday during the Kids Are Customers conference at the Owings Mills Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library.

According to the letter I received, “Your book’s selection was made by a committee of children’s librarians based on many criteria, including: overall child appeal; appropriateness of the text to support the needs of young readers; literary merit; quality of illustrations and how they support or extend the text; visual appeal; and the overall spirit of the book. Congratulations again, and thank you for your wonderful contribution to literature for young readers!”

Onward and upward!


#15, last stop on my blog tour

Hi everyone,

Today is it, the final stop on my AFTER DARK tour. I finish in the good hands of Catherine Flynn on Reading to the Core at
To all my hosts, my heartfelt gratitude. Each of you has posted in a unique way about the book and my approach to writing it. Geographically you live in many parts of the country.
Kathy Temean: New Jersey
Carol Varsalona: New York
Jane Heitman Healy: South Dakota
Sylvia Vardell: Texas
Linda Baie: Colorado
Michelle Kogan: Illinois
Janice Scully: New York
Margaret Simon: Louisiana
Jena Benton: Alaska
Renée LaTulippe: Italy (Okay, so technically Italy isn’t a state.)
Linda Mitchell: Virginia
Matt Forest: New Hampshire
Yvona Fast: New York
Irene Latham: Alabama
Catherine Flynn: Connecticut
Others who supported the tour through social media
Heidi Mordhorst: Maryland
Jama Rattigan: Washington D.C.

So far winners of free copies of AFTER DARK are:
Jayne Hartnett: New Jersey
Susan Hutchens: Colorado
Midway Mo: Missouri
Kay Jernigan McGriff: Indiana
Rhonda Buss: Colorado
Kathy Mazurowski: Illinois
Lisa Billa: California
Other winners will be announced soon.

And to each of you who has patiently taken your time to visit the stops along the way and leave your comments, I’m deeply grateful. I say patient because this tour has had a lot of stops in it and has covered two weeks of almost daily posts. This has been my first effort to pull together a blog tour so I stand ready for your comments about the pros and cons as you have seen them. I’m not sure I’ll do another blog tour but, if I do, I hope to benefit from your thoughts. Thank you for everything.

Blog tour stop #14

Hi everyone,

Today it is my pleasure to have Irene Latham host the 14th stop on my blog tour on Live Your Poem at Like other hosts, Irene has her own special way to approach the event and I loved her questions. I hope you enjoy my responses. And, as always, I love your own comments and support.

Today is the second to last day of the tour. Tomorrow we end on a high note with Catherine Flynn on Reading to the Core. After that I’ll have a lot of thank-you notes to post and a word about this tour. I’ll save my thoughts till then when I will also welcome comments from you.

For now, onward and upward!

Blog tour stop #12 and Unbound Book Festival

Hi everyone,

Today it’s my pleasure to be hosted by friend and fellow writer Matt Forrest Esenwine on Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme at Matt has a different approach to the host post and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss more of the writing aspects of the book. So, thank you, Matt, and let’s do it!

On another issue, I have one eye on an upcoming event that will require a lot of preparation. It will be my first time to participate in the Unbound Book Festival, held on the campus of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, April 24 and 25. Speakers come from all over the country and I’m happy to be one of them this year. Here’s a link to the festival, which includes a very good video of the event in 2018.