You've heard of NaNoWriMo, right? Well, PiBoIdMo is the picture book version--authors are challenged to come up with one picture book idea for every day of the month of November. This year I'll definitely be participating, AND I'm even guest blogging for the event on Day 7! For more information and to register, click here.
If you're in Brooklyn on Sunday September 21st, come to the Brooklyn Book Festival! I'll be moderating a panel on early chapter books at noon that features an amazing group of authors: Jill Santopolo, Lenore Look, and Jon Scieszka! For more information, click here.
Today is the book birthday for Besos for Baby and yesterday it got an early birthday present. Besos is featured in the ABC Best Books of 2014 catalog! Pick up a catalog at your local bookseller and keep an eye out for Besos!
Have you ever wondered if it was possible to make a career by freelancing? Just how do you keep the income flowing in? Here's my biggest piece of advice--diversify!
Here's some noticias grande (big news!)--Roaring Brook will be publishing my bilingual picture book Marta Big and Small in Spring 2016! Compared to a bug, Marta is very big, compared to an elephant, she is very small, but no matter what kind of animal she meets, Marta is clever, very clever.
I'm so happy to announce that Knopf will be publishing my picture book Lady Liberty's Holiday in Spring 2016! What's it about? A few days before the Fourth of July, the Statue of Liberty puts down her torch and tablet to travel across America. But will she come back in time for the holiday?
Here's the announcement in Publishers' Weekly Children's Bookshelf:
Besos for Baby is coming out in September, but this spread feels like Spring to me!
Looking for a fun activity for the 100th Day of School? This idea from Scholastic.com is perfect for either at home or in the classroom!
While I was the Stepping Stones line manager at Random House for ten years, I learned a lot about how to edit (and write!) early chapter books. This post shares some useful tips.
Yay! The cover for Besos for Baby is now up on several sites including the Hachette website, amazon.com, and Shelfari!
Want to know what one of my favorite books was as a kid? Want to find out what day of the week I was born (though why would you)? Want to see a picture of me as a little tyke? Check out this new post on author Aimee Reed's website: http://www.aimeereidbooks.com/jen-arena-shares-about-a-lifelong-love-of-childrens-books/
Two Lions has created not one, but TWO wonderful teachers' guides for 100 Snowmen. One is for young kids and has great activities, including counting exercises, a dot-to-dot, and a coloring page. The other is for slightly older kids and has terrific classroom lessons that include Common Core standards. I'm blown away!