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Take the #AnonymouseChallenge!

It's starting to look and feel like spring! If your family is looking to spend more time outside, why not take the #AnonymouseChallenge? Here's how it works: Go for a discovery walk and take note of anything you see of interest. It might be a mural, a sign, a note on the sidewalk, a garden… Continue reading Take the #AnonymouseChallenge!

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ANONYMOUSE on The Morning Show

I spoke to The Morning Show about Anonymouse, street art, and how turning my daily walks into discovery walks has been a source of inspiration and delight during the pandemic. Check out the video for my tips and tricks! They even made this amazing BINGO card that you can use to inspire your own discovery… Continue reading ANONYMOUSE on The Morning Show

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Upcoming Spring Events

March 17: Anonymouse IG Event with Anna Pirolli Tune into Indigo Kids Instagram on Wednesday, March 17th at 12pm EST for a special ANONYMOUSE storytime with me and Anna Pirolli! Get a tour of illustrator Anna Pirolli's studio (SO many books!), watch her do a drawing demo (fascinating!), and then join us for some ideas… Continue reading Upcoming Spring Events

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Anonymouse Virtual Storytime

https://youtu.be/1ZW8tjKCK8g Last weekend I was invited to read ANONYMOUSE as part of The Woodstock Public Library's family day weekend virtual events. You can check out the video on YouTube above or on the myWPL YouTube channel. Thanks to my hometown library for inviting me!

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Anonymouse is Here!

My eighth book, and third picture book, ANONYMOUSE is on-sale today! This book grew out of my love of street art and the many ways artists beautify public spaces, whether it's with murals, yarn-bombing, sculpture, or the more localized things people have started to do during the pandemic. But as much as I love what… Continue reading Anonymouse is Here!

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ANONYMOUSE: Coming in 2021

Art for the ants. Art for the birds, cats and raccoons. Art to make them laugh, make them think, make them feel at home. Animal-friendly street art is popping up all over the city, but who is creating these masterpieces? There is no explanation, only a name: Anonymouse. Think Banksy. . .but a mouse! I… Continue reading ANONYMOUSE: Coming in 2021

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Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

Today is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day dedicated to busting taboos and myths around periods. Fifty percent of the population gets a period, and yet people are still uncomfortable talking about it. There are lots of great non-fiction books for kids that cover puberty, but what about fiction? Most girls get their periods between 10-15… Continue reading Why Do So Few Characters Get Their Periods in Middle Grade Fiction?

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Upcoming Writing Workshop

On Sunday, June 14th, I'll be giving an insider's tour of the publishing industry for writers, with an emphasis on marketing, social media and connecting with readers. I'll be sharing things I wish I knew when I started out as a writer, drawing on my experience as a bookseller, publicist, marketing director and of course, as… Continue reading Upcoming Writing Workshop

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I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens

This Thursday, April 12th at noon EST I will be taking over Milton Public Library's Instagram live to hold a virtual writing workshop for kids & teens. I'll share some tips, tricks, and exercises, so make sure your kids have a pen and paper handy! Learn about my process and find out the stories and inspiration… Continue reading I’m Holding a Virtual Writing Workshop for Kids & Teens

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6 Picture Books Featuring Teddy Bears (and Rabbits)

We are one week away from the release of my new picture book TEDDY BEAR OF THE YEAR, illustrated by Sydney Hanson. All of my books are a nod to something I love, and I've always had a soft spot for the softest of toys, bear or otherwise. Here are some of my favourite teddy… Continue reading 6 Picture Books Featuring Teddy Bears (and Rabbits)