So many kinds of books....what do YOU want to write about?


The ideas are flowing ....







Some sample cover illustrations - 18 choices in all; blank cover books are also available











Book Parties!

The authors and illustrators create their books!

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I now offer personalized 'You're the Author' Children's Events and Birthday Parties in addition to my school visits. They're a great way to encourage a love of books, writing, and drawing in a fun and creative atmosphere!

All children will receive a 28-page hardcover blank book (14 sheets) with a choice of a blank or illustrated cover ex., sports, unicorns, dinosaurs, plus many others (see some samples on the left.) Colored pencils or crayons, stickers, and other supplies will get their creative juices jumping off the page!

See details on Children's Events and Birthday Parties below.

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CHILDREN'S EVENTS

Perfect for scouting organizations, boys/​girls clubs, fundraising, church/​synagogue youth groups, anywhere children gather.

To start off, I'll tell the group a little about me and show them some of the books I’ve written. Depending on the ages, I'll read one of my picture books for the younger children or a few chapters of one of my chapter books for the older children. I’ll talk about how I get ideas for my books, both fiction and nonfiction.

Then each child will receive my ‘What’s Your Story? writing packet. We’ll talk about ideas for stories the children would want to write. There is a lot of interaction and story-telling even before we start writing. The children will learn a lot about each other - and themselves!

After some idea-generating activities, we'll talk about the nuts and bolts of story writing. This includes the beginning, middle, ‘turning point’, and end of stories, as well as ways to bring their stories’ to life’ using description, dialogue, etc. All of this is done in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.

The writing packet also includes web sites, book suggestions, and other information for those children who want to know more about writing and how to get their own stories or artwork published.

After we brainstorm ideas and learn the story writing process, the children start writing and illustrating their own books. I'm always happy to answer questions and offer plenty of support to all the young authors and illustrators.


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BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Birthday parties are geared for children ages 4 - 10. Your child will choose one of my books, or any other book he likes, and we will base the theme and activities of the party around it.

For instance, does your child like sports? Maybe he'd get a kick out of a basketball party based on my book 'The Hot Shots'. Does your child like playing guessing and rhyming games? She'd be the star with 'The Giant Jelly Bean Jar'. If your child likes animals, an animal-themed party featuring my book 'Raising Pilot' could make him dog-gone happy! (The host child will keep whatever book he chooses.)

To start the party, I'll read the book your child selects - the whole book for picture books or a few pages for chapter books. Then the fun activities begin! Depending on the book's theme and the childrens ages, activities might include a basketball shoot-out, mystery riddle games with clues, or picking an animal's name out of a hat and 'acting' as the animal for the other children to guess! There are many more activities to choose from. Each party will include 2-3 activities.

Each child will then receive my What's Your Story? writing packet. We'll go over ideas for stories they want to write based on their individual interests, hobbies, etc. We'll also briefly discuss the different parts of a story and the story writing process.

Then the book-making begins! Children will write and illustrate their own stories. I'll answer any questions and guide them in creating a memorable and personal keepsake book.

Most of my books can be incorporated into a party theme. If you see a book you're interested in, or need some suggestions, just let me know and we can brainstorm a special and unique 'You're the Author' party based on your child's interests.

Please contact me for fees and any questions you might have. I'd love to plan a fun and memorable children's event or birthday party to foster your child's love of books and creativity!

Children's Events and Birthday Parties are limited to local New Jersey areas.

Guess what animal I am? Having fun with animal charades at an animal-themed book birthday party

Can you toss the banana bean bags into the monkeys mouth?

A Jungle Birthday Cake - perfect for an animal-themed book birthday party

Selected Books

A "tasty" easy-to-read!
A rhyming, riddle story at Jo-Jo's Jumbo Jelly Bean Shop. Can YOU guess the jelly bean flavor?
A Variety of Nonfiction
Appealing, informative nonfiction books to spark interest and curiosity!
Especially For Schools - Leveled Reading Books!
Character-building stories with a little heart, a little humor, and some twists and turns along the way ...
Fiction - Ages 7-10
Hayley is thrilled when she begins raising a guide-dog puppy, but when the time comes to give Pilot up, Hayley isn't sure she can.
Fiction - Ages 4 - 8
Kyle's favorite uncle likes to tickle the kids - but Kyle doesn't like it. How can he say "no" to his beloved Uncle?
Fiction - Ages 9 - 12
A 6th grade student vs. teacher basketball game is at stake. Brian is the captain of the Hot Shots, but he's only a fair player at best - He just knows the 6th graders are going to get slaughtered!
Fiction - Ages 7 - 9
Linx are the cool new building toys that all the kids love to play with. But can Kyle's model beat the others?
Fiction - Ages 8 - 11
Josh is feeling terrible-his very best friend has just moved away. He even loses his best 'Razzle Stones.' Nothing could be worse until.....
Fiction - Ages 5 - 7
Hootie, a great horned owl, has finally found the perfect tree to live in...until the other birds in the tree have a different idea..
Fiction - Ages 4 - 7
Sidney always blinks whenever his picture is taken. Will he EVER keep his eyes open?
Fun Activity Books
Everybody's favorite big red dog, CLIFFORD, is back with my four activity books.
Fun activity books based on movies like Shrek, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, and Holly Hobby!
Magazine Stories
Stories in 'Highlights For Children', 'Spider' and others. Contact me for FREE copies!