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I have an illustrator!

If you’re not involved at all in the publishing world, it might be surprising how much waiting you do when making a book. If you are in the publishing world, it’s still kind of surprising. It’s a lot of waiting: waiting for people to read your words, to fix your words, to find someone to [...]

A letter from me, at 10 years old

I got the most amazing and wonderful package in the mail today. It was from my childhood friend Kate (who I’m still friends with). Her mom moved and there were some boxes of Kate’s things, and in one of those boxes was a letter. A letter from me, to Kate, when I was 10. It [...]

Julie in the news (links)

The Portland Press Herald has a great story about Little Free Libraries in Maine — including ours. Read it here. (Also, see a photo that shows what we look like from a bird’s point of view.) I wrote a blog post for Tara Lazar about how Picture Book Idea Month led to my success at [...]

New Review: HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUNNY!

Back in March, I was lucky enough to win one of agent Steven Malk’s trivia contests on Twitter, and he sent me a huge pile of amazing, amazing books. My favorite from this pile changes daily, but Ramona immediately glued herself to Happy Birthday Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. This [...]

BOOK DEAL!

I feel so incoherent and amazed at this news, but here it is: I have a book deal! I am super crazy excited to announce that Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) will be published by Viking Children’s in the summer of 2015. My critique group/support group/tell-me-I’m-not-crazy group┬áCarter and Elizabeth [...]

We Love Picture Books!

A week ago, we were lucky enough to be featured on Candlewick’s year-long We Believe in Picture Books video project! Want to know what books we’re grabbing for? They are, in order: Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli The Pet Project by Lisa Wheeler, [...]

Happy Summer!

I never really liked summer until we moved to Maine. It was always so sweaty before. But now it’s when the weather is perfect and everything is green and bursting. Everyone is home! Though this is not our home. It’s the high school track. The boys took track this spring and want to keep up [...]

How I Got My Agent

I am SUPER excited to be featured today on Julie Hedlund’s How I Got My Agent series! When I was looking for an agent, I always felt like “how I got my agent” posts were very helpful — both for outlining what to do, and also for showing how many different ways there were of [...]

I HAVE AN AGENT!

I am so, so excited to announce that I am now represented by the amazing Danielle Smith at Foreword Literary! Do you know Danielle? She’s runs a book review site called┬áThere’s a Book, where I saw that she has essentially the exact same taste in children’s literature that I do. And so when she became [...]

These are the consequences of diminished electronic usage

So, remember how I was hollering with love for Matthew Cordell’s HELLO! HELLO! last month? I have given this book to people, forced it on people, talked about how much I love it. But you know what happens when you turn off electronic devices? I’ll tell you. Your kids have no idea how electronic devices [...]

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