Children’s Easter Books You’ll Love!

Spring is officially upon us, and that means Easter is just around the corner! Whether you are looking for a book to teach your child what Easter is about, or just want a fun story filled with rabbits and Easter eggs, here are a few books you won't want to...

Night Buddies: The Origin Story

Have you ever wondered how the Night Buddies series came to be? Why the main character is a red crocodile, or how I came up with the idea to write them as children's books? Good news! I'm back with another YouTube video this week explaining how John, Crosley, and the...

Famous Authors Give Their Thoughts On Parenting

Time and again, the most famous books of all time touch on themes like family and what it means to be a parent. Today, I've compiled a list of my favorite quotes on parenting by authors you'll know and love! (more…)

Q&A with the Author: Part 2

I'm back with the second part of my YouTube Q&A series! This week I'm answering questions for fellow writers, giving readers an idea of where the Night Buddies books are set, and more.  (more…)

Bring Creativity to Your Kids!

Readers of this blog may know that I am an advocate for children using and expanding their imaginations, not only through reading, but through writing! Whether your child struggles with language arts or is reading four levels above his or her grade level, providing kids with a creative outlet such...

My First YouTube Video!: Author Q&A

Hi folks! This week, I wanted to share with you the first video in my NEW YouTube video series! In today's video, I answer some of the questions I'm asked most frequently, from how I came up with the Night Buddies book titles to the hardest part about writing my...

Cards for Your Book-Loving Valentine!

Is your Valentine someone who prefers books to television? Someone you have to pull away from the reading nook on your couch to take out to dinner? Give them a card this year that shows you really know them (and get a bonus if your Valentine's Day gift includes a...

Valentine’s Day Must-Reads!

Valentine's Day is next week, and what better way to celebrate than by giving your child a new book! These children's books represent all kinds of love out there—from the love you have for your family to first love. Love Monster, by Rachel Bright This cute story tells the story...

How To Become A Bedtime Story Pro!

Has your child ever asked you to tell them a story before bed, but they're tired of hearing from the same books you read every week? It might just be time to get creative! Whether you've ever invented a story or not, these tips will help you become a storytelling...

So You Want To Revise Your Book?

A lot of you reading this blog are writers yourselves, and we had a tribe of people tackle National Novel Writing Month this past November! I know how rewarding it is to type, "The End," but finishing that first draft is far from the end of your book's journey. This...

Book Recommendation Time! The Children’s Series You Need in 2018

If you're a follower of children's literature, you'll no doubt have heard of author Kobi Yamada. His first two children's picture books, What Do You Do With An Idea and What Do You Do With A Problem, both became New York Times bestsellers and have received unprecedented acclaim for both...

How to Set Your 2018 Reading Goals

Hi all, and happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful time during the holiday season and are ready to take 2018 by storm. One of the things I always do at the start of the year is take time to remember all the amazing books I...

The Spectacular Books Behind Your Favorite Holiday Films!

First off, I want to wish you all a happy holiday! With schools and offices shutting down for the season, I know a lot of us are getting into the holiday spirit by watching our favorite holiday-themed movies. But did you know how many of your favorite holiday classics actually...

2017 Book-Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide

We are midway through December, and that means the holiday season is officially upon us! Finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be a battle, so I wanted to make it a little easier on you. If you have any book lovers in your life, any of these...

What Your Favorite Authors Have to Say About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means great food, time with family and friends, and reflecting on all we have to be thankful for this year. But sometimes it's hard to get past the craziness of every day life to pause for gratitude, or sometimes it feels like there just...

You’re Not In It Alone: A Message to Single Parents

Regular readers of this blog may well know, I raised my son John as a single father. While the memories I have of our time together while he was growing up are special, I know there were as many difficult times as there were wonderful ones. An article about Kate...

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