Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I'm excited to kick off 2021 blog interviews with talented author-illustrator Skylaar Amann! We'll be chatting about her picture book Lloyd Finds His Whalesong that's out with Page Street Kids, her next book that was just recently announced, all kinds of writing and illustrating fun, and of course, STEM! Kaitlyn: … Continue reading Author-Illustrator Interview and GIVEAWAY with Skylaar Amann
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, The holidays are upon us! Tis the season to talk to our friend Dawn Young about her Christmas book with illustrator Pablo Pino, The Night Baafore Christmas (to check out Dawn's math picture book interview, go here). Kaitlyn: Hi, Dawn, thanks so much for joining us on the math is … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Dawn Young about her and Pablo Pino’s Christmas Picture Book THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I hope you're ready for a colorful day because that's what's coming at you on the Math is Everywhere Blog post today! We have debut author Taylor Rouanzion here to talk about her gender non-conforming picture book, Rainbow Boy, that's coming out in January 2021 with Beaming Books! Kaitlyn: Hi, … Continue reading Interview and Giveaway with Debut Author Taylor Rouanzion about her Upcoming PB: Rainbow Boy
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, As we approach American Thanksgiving, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for, and especially in these times, I bet many of us are even more grateful for small things than we usual are. To honor this thankful feeling, we have the pleasure of welcoming author Barbara Lowell … Continue reading Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with author Barbara Lowell about her picture book BEHIND THE BOOKCASE
Hi Math is Everyone and Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, This is the second week of analyzing the Fall Writing Frenzy winners’ work from 2020! Wasn’t last week awesome? If you missed it, check out the first week analysis here! Every week I will try my best to share 5-8 pieces from the Fall Writing Frenzy … Continue reading Analysis Week 2 Fall Writing Frenzy 2020
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I’m so excited for this timely interview because we just had our first rain of the season and now we get to chat with wonderful author-illustrator Abi Cushman about her adorable book SOAKED! She also has some cool insight on how being a web designer helps with picture books and … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Author-Illustrator Abi Cushman
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, Everyone is a winner. I’m sure now that the “winners” have been announced, some people are elated, some people are sad, some people are sad for themselves but elated for others, some people are somewhere in between, but I think we ALL have a chance to learn and grow even … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Call to Action
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have the wonderful pleasure of welcoming one of my amazing critique partners who is always finding new ways to share stories with readers. Today we get to talk about her debut book, coming in January called First Day of Unicorn School, pre-order now! Kaitlyn: Hi, Jess, thanks so much … Continue reading Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with debut picture book author Jess Hernandez
Hello Fall Writing Frenzy friends, Can you believe the winners will be announced tomorrow?!? Neither can we! But before we announce them, we have one last thing we'd like to share. Our main goal for the fall writing frenzy is to help writers grow in their craft, and we did so much of that this … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Update
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I'm extra excited today because it’s National New Friends Day and we get to have a book chat about a wonderful picture book involving making new friends called MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERSONAL SPACE INVADER. And for the cherry on top, out discussion is with two of my favorite … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Jolene Gutierrez and Heather Bell about their Picture Book MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERSONAL SPACE INVADER for National New Friends Day!
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today we have a super special guest: Mia Wenjen. She is one of my FAVORITE bloggers, an amazing author, and the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! To become a reviewer for January 2021's Multicultural Children’s Book Day, go here. Kaitlyn: Thanks so much for joining us today on the … Continue reading Interview with Author, Blogger, and Co-Founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day Mia Wenjen
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy friends, Those of you who already know me know that I love learning, growing, and including everyone (my family has always been "the more the merrier" kind of people!) My wonderful friend Koloud looked through the Fall Writing Frenzy pictures and realized some representation for this season was missing. Thank you … Continue reading Update on the Fall Writing Frenzy – A New Photo Added
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have a doubly special math treat today! We get to chat with two amazing authors about their fun books that incorporate some wonderful math: Rajani LaRocca and Carrie Finison. Kaitlyn: Welcome Rajani and Carrie, thanks for joining us today! Rajani: Thanks so much for having us, Kaitlyn! Carrie: Thank … Continue reading Joint #PB Interview with Rajani LaRocca and Carrie Finison about their newest books
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, First of all, thank you all so much for being a part of our 2nd year of the Fall Writing Frenzy! If you were with us last year, I sure hope you had as much of a blast as I did than that you have just as much fun this … Continue reading Guide to the #FallWritingFrenzy Twitter Chat 2020
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have a super inspiring guest today to share about her epic comeback to the kidlit world, Jess Stiles (Formerly known as Jess Carroll)! Another great comeback is the Fall Writing Frenzy which is back for its second year! We have some awesome information to reveal today, so stay tuned … Continue reading Comeback Interview with Jess Stiles (formerly Jess Carroll) Writer, Illustrator, and Freelance Editor
Hi Math Is Everywhere Readers, We have an extra special interview today with author AJ Irving about her beautiful debut picture book beautifully honoring grandparent relationships, Dance Like a Leaf. Kaitlyn: Hi AJ, to start off, can you share what inspired this story? AJ: This story traveled straight from my heart to my pen. My … Continue reading Debut Author Interview and Giveaway with AJ Irving about her picture book Dance Like a Leaf
Sunflowers Grow by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez Even sunflowers endure shadows. That doesn't stop the bee from visiting. Even the happiest people endure pain. That doesn't stop us from growing. Our perfect vision of the future may be spotted and marred and yet… We keep going. We keep striving. And reaching. For the sun. Through the … Continue reading Sunflowers Grow, a Fall Writing Frenzy Example for 2020 by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
"I can’t believe I’m finally sharing the cover of my debut picture book with the world! GAHH!!!!" --Katie Frawley
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers and Kidlit Zombie Week Friends, By now you may have heard that the very generous and creative Kailei Pew has invited me to do a webinar to help send African American writers and illustrators to the SCBWI conference this summer. I made one request of her: Can I give a … Continue reading Free Access to “How to Stand Out in the Query Trenches Webinar”
If you want more information about writing pitches, I have a series of videos with more examples in my Facebook group Transmedia Mutts - Helping Writers Unleash Their Creative Bark (https://www.facebook.com/groups/transmediamutts/). Come join us! --Jocelyn Rish
"Remember: this story is special. You wrote it for a reason. And it will be so happy to see you when you dust it off and pull it out to be revived." --Kaitlyn Leann
No matter how bad things are or how low and sad you are at the moment, just know that the feeling is temporary and that good days and joy will come again. While you may not completely get “over” your hardships, you’ll be able to know how to live with it and even appreciate the way it has shaped you.--Nusha about "Don't Stop"
Wow, wow, WOW! You have all blown me away with your outpouring of love, support, and queries. On this first day, I received over 100 queries! Therefore, I will close to unsolicited submissions on Wednesday at 11:59 PM PST. Unsolicited queries submitted after this time will unfortunately be deleted. I'm absolutely elated to see so … Continue reading Closing to Submissions Wednesday!
Hi all, I have some FANTASTIC news! I am now officially an Associate Agent at Olswanger Literary! So to celebrate, as of today, June 14, 2020, I am open to submissions from kidlit writers! To submit, please check out my Literary Submissions page. I'm so excited to see some wonderful stories hit my inbox soon! … Continue reading Open to Submissions!
But for both books, the end hope is really the same: I want them to reach a wide audience so that people who normally don’t care for science might see the human side of it, and people who know nothing about Chinese-Americans or Chinese culture can learn more about it. --Teresa Robeson
I just adore picture books. As writers, we wrap our hearts up in these stories - it's such a privilege for me to be able to help other writers along their way.
Every time I read an article or hear an idea that fits one of my categories, I add it to the designated folder. Over time, the information adds up, and eventually I may have enough information to start writing.
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today is SUPER special because we’re celebrating Amber Henricks' newest picture book that was released yesterday! And it’s about superheroes!! Note: this celebration was supposed to happen yesterday, but out of respect for #BlackoutTuesday, we postponed it. Now put on your super hero masks and get ready for some fun … Continue reading Book Birthday Celebration and GIVEAWAY for SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks
Don’t give up. I know that’s so cliche, but seriously...just don’t. If you have the drive and the passion, keep to it! Don’t let bad news along the way keep you from moving forward. This journey is filled with rejections and heartache. BUT it’s also filled with so many rewarding moments, too, that overshadow the bad.
Karla Valenti has created an exciting and innovative way of reading about important people in STEM. Kids and teachers are going to eat this up for its inventive analogy and entertaining storytelling. And BONUS, they'll be enjoying learning! --Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez