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Big Pumpkin - a new production...

The kids at notes4notes in Austin, Texas, did such a great job recording Big Pumpkin. Great acting, great sound effects! I just had to share it here! Enjoy!

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The Awesome Creativity of School Librarians!

Big Pumpkin Nesting Dolls

BIG thanks to school Librarian Susan Middleton for sending me this picture of her Big Pumpkin nesting dolls. She commissioned artist Lauren West to create them and aren't they adorable! I'm so impressed by the creative way this extends my book and engages her students. It tickles me to see my characters come to life in another form. 

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Please join me on Saturday morning, August 29 at 10:30 am as I read and sign my new Lana's World books: Let's Go Fishing and Let's Have a Parade.


10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 559-BOOK/2665
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LANA LAUNCH - Saturday July 25 at 11 am

Join me to celebrate the publication of the first two LANA books:
Let's Go Fishing
Let's Have a Parade

At Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101


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Happy Birthday, Vampire!

This little vampire turned four on October 28. And look at that wonderful custom-made birthday cake! Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween, Little Vampire!
I'm thrilled to know that my book is being read in Japan!!!
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Celebrating National Day of the Cowboy

It was the National Day of the Cowboy, which is celebrated for an entire week in Redlands, California. Yee-ha!

I read Cowgirl Kate stories, listened to some fine Cowboy music, chatted with local Rodeo Queens, Cynthia Boswell and Sabrina Snowball, and tried to rope a "pretend" bull (got it on the fourth try!) at the Frugal Frigate, a terrific independent children's bookstore.
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Happy Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month and over at "kidlitblog" they are celebrating all month. Every day a different teacher, author, librarian, or historian, is adding a post about Women's History in Children's Books.

I've been reading the posts every day, learning about all those amazing women they didn't teach us about in school, but should have, and discovering more books to add to my to-read list. So many books, so little time!

I'll be posting about Emma Lazarus on March 26. And suggesting a link to a really wonderful short music-film on Women's History. Don't miss it!

Don't worry about arriving in the middle of March; start from today and read backwards, or go back to March 1 and go in order, or jump around and pick and choose by topic.

Here's the URL: http://kidlitwhm.blogspot.com/

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Launching Spring Babies!

Yesterday Maureen Palacios, the wonderful owner of Once Upon a Time hosted a Book Launch and Signing for Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, Spring Babies. Once Upon a Time, in Montrose, California is the oldest children's book store in the country - no small accomplishment for an independent! It's also the first book store I've ever been to that invited a horse inside - to my utter delight! I just might have to write "Horse in the Store" next. One lucky fan won a raffle for a free pony ride - just for  Read More 
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