How do you combine pictures and words to make a story? Is there an easy way to draw a character's changing emotions? My Skype visits answer these questions. To schedule a short virtual visit, go to Skype In The Classroom. For in-person visits, preschool to grade 3, and lectures for teachers, librarians and adult students, please drop me a note!


You can order Lily's Cat Mask, or Pirate Boy directly from Penguin Random House at 800-733-3000. To order books from The Sadie Series, call 800-452-7236. And to order The Artist and the King, visit Alazar Press. Or find my books at IndieBound.


🌍 For free (short) virtual visits go to World Read Aloud Day

πŸ–₯ Skype in the Classroom

πŸ–Download a Lily Coloring Page

βœ’οΈNeed a writing prompt? Pirate Boy is a β€œWhat If Story.” Download a template for your own "What If Story.”

βš“οΈDownload a Pirate Boy door hanger.

⛡️Pirate Crafts

✏️ Looking for fun step by step instructions for drawing animals and people? Visit Ed Emberley!

🎨 Lots of lesson and craft projects

πŸ‘‘ Make a Maid Marian Hat like the one Daphne wears in The Artist and The King.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨ More hat craft ideas here.

😸Click here for step by step instructions for making a mask like Lily’s.
And here for more great craft ideas.

πŸ‘Ά πŸ§’πŸ½Visit Littles By Bella for beautiful custom, handmade dolls.


πŸŽ’Getting ready for kindergarten? Writer/teacher Susie Wilde has picture book recommendations.

πŸ“•Visit Dolly Parton's Library

🚌 More picture book suggestions for starting school here.

πŸŽ“ And here!


πŸ“š What does a picture book layout look like? Download a template from Debbie Ohi and

πŸ—£Visit Julie Danielson for picture book author and illustrator interviews.

🎀And Reading Rockets for video interviews.

πŸ’πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ KidLit 411

✍🏾Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators

Thank you, Creating Creatives and This Picture Book Life!

This beautiful handmade doll was created by Bella. Visit her shop Littles By Bella to see other beautiful custom made dolls!

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