Yeah, I changed the name of my February blogfest. Mostly because “Children’s” didn’t fit on the candy heart generator. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our art.

 Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming author interviews… 


Jessica Burkart, author of the brand new tween series Canterwood Crest, billed as “The Clique” meets “The Saddle Club.”




Toni De Palma, author of Under the Banyan Tree, an Association of Booksellers for Children Best New Voices pick.




katharine1Lisa Mullarkey, author of the new Katharine the Almost Great chapter book series from Magic Wagon.




steampotvilleSteve Ouch, author/illustrator of SteamPotVille, a little independent title making big Tweets.




Aaron Zenz, author/illustrator of HICCUPotamus and the groovy dad behind Bookie Woogie book reviews.



Plus authors Jennifer Brown, Brenda Reeves Sturgis, Mary Ann Scott, Corey Rosen Schwartz…and I’m working on a few more.

And now the prize announcements!

Each comment you leave in February counts as an entry to win a $25 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice. (Be sure I can reach you via your comment link. Comment as many times as you wish, but only one comment will count per blog post.) If your choice is your local independent bookseller like The Bookworm in Bernardsville, NJ, you’ll win a $35 gift certificate. melamine

The winner will be chosen out of a hat, which may or may not be an actual hat. Probably a melamine mixing bowl like one of these:

Plus, some of our featured authors will be giving away autographed copies of their books! Woo-hoo!

I’m having a blast putting this together, learning a lot from these new authors and getting inspired. I hope you will be, too!