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Sunday, March 19, 2017

PARP Night in Lindenhurst, NY...Reading is our superpower!


                 Sharing my love for reading and writing with the students at                      Harding Avenue Elementary School, Lindenhurst, LI, NY. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson - Talented Illustrators

Blue Marlin Publications, 2013, illustrators, Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson

I recently attended a luncheon at the Children's Book Council, at which I enjoyed listening to Sarah Harrison Smith, children's book editor at the New York Times, discuss what interests her the most when considering which children's books to review. Ilustrations. "So often, I want to know more about the illustrations, how they were done, the media used, etc. I'd really like to learn more about that process." Of course! That makes so much sense. 

So I asked Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, our illustrators of Sofia's Stoop Story, to comment on their unique style for this book, and here is what they said: "The illustrations are collage, acrylic paint, and ink on paper. Photos, patterns, and text are manipulated in photoshop, printed out, and collaged onto a rough sketch. Multiple layers of acrylic paint and ink are then applied. Probably, the most unique part is that we both work on each painting. Most people who work as teams divide the work, but we pass the paintings back and forth, working in layers."

I've pasted an illustration here. You can see the multiple layers of recipes, tickets to baseball games, and newspaper clippings. Each illustration tells its own story. Awesome, right?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rachael Ray Show - Holiday Fashion...I modeled holiday fashion on the Rachael Ray Show. It aired yesterday, 11/28/16. If anyone is interested in purchasing a signed, personalized copy of Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn, email me at

Rachael Ray Show...I modeled holiday fashion on the Rachael Ray Show.  It aired yesterday, 11/28/16.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a signed, personalized copy of Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn, email me at

Thursday, October 1, 2015


So sorry I haven't posted in a while.  Have been so busy with...well, everything!  If you would like to have your class Skype with me, please send me a message.  Also, if your school is on Long Island or in Brooklyn and would like to have a FREE presentations, just let me know.  Also, check out my free "Close Reading" lesson on the Teachers Pay Teachers site.  :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cherry Lane Elementary School, Carle Place

Just came home from a book signing at Cherry Lane Elementary School in Carle Place, LI.  I met so many wonderful children, parents, teachers, a great principal....and a very helpful custodian!  Hope to visit them again someday soon.

Saturday, May 9, 2015


           Here are a few photographs from Author/Illustrator Night.  Everyone who attended enjoyed this event...especially the students!  Now they have many wonderful new books to enjoy!  Happy reading!