Posts Tagged: Children

Beauty hiding in plain sight

I was walking in Central Park when I was stopped by this tree. It was only tiny—totally dwarfed by the great elms. But it was caught by the sun—as if in a spotlight—and transformed into a blazing bush. Moses was minding his own business when something caught his eye—a bush was behaving oddly… he came… Read more »

the lesser-known superpower of children (thoughts for your Easter weekend)

Every story whispers his name

Have you noticed the super powers small children wield? One morning, I was riding the NYC subway when the doors opened and into the car walked a little child. She was maybe 2. Instantly, all of us—these defended New Yorkers, all avoiding eye contact, all guarding our space—were transformed. We smiled at her. At her… Read more »

Happy Dr Seuss Day! And here are 10 great Seuss quotes

Happy Read Across America Day! I for one will be staying in my pajamas and reading all day long (I have to– I’ve already taken the pledge). And how fitting to celebrate Read Across America Day on the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel– the one and only Dr. Seuss! If you follow me on Twitter… Read more »

crossing barriers and boundaries

It’s one thing to hold the book you wrote in your hands. It’s another to see it in the hands of a child you have never met at the opposite ends of earth. Over the years Ann Voskamp has shared my books with children all over the world. This photo is of a boy in… Read more »

a sweet Father’s Day gift idea…

So I have an idea, and a story, and a coupon for you…just in time for Father’s Day. Did you know Father’s Day is coming? Did you know fathers love presents? Do you know the best gift for a dad or grand-dad of little ones? A picture book–which isn’t just a book of course, it’s… Read more »

The front door of a book

I learned early on, as a picture book writer, that the illustration is like the front door of the book. If the illustration isn’t right, then no one will even pick up the book (let alone read your text). Without the illustration, my text would not stand a chance. So you can imagine how grateful… Read more »

Hope beyond the walls of the world

We’ve had The Polor Vortex and Juno, The Storm Of The Century Of The Entire History Of NYC EVER! (not). It’s been frigid and freezing in New York City–and it was just such a winter a couple of year’s ago that inspired my brand new book. (And I can hardly wait. It’s coming out tomorrow!)… Read more »

Stuck in a rut?

Augustine wrote 15 commentaries on one book (Genesis). Beethoven composed 16 string quartets. Jeremiah spent 23 years saying the same thing (with no one listening). Were they stuck in a rut? Not exactly. Beethoven was fascinated by the quartet form, but was never satisfied with what he had done. He kept going back to do… Read more »