News, Notes & Inside Info from a Children’s Book Author

Archive for December, 2010

2010, Best Of: My Year In New Music

Monday, December 27th, 2010 Posted in Fun Clips, Music | 8 Comments »


Any list of best music should really be called “favorite music,” and mine has to begin with the standard caveat: I didn’t listen to or absorb nearly enough to make an informed choice. But in addition to that, and possibly ...

Wishing You the Best

Monday, December 20th, 2010 Posted in Current Events | No Comments »


Busy time of year. Or maybe you've noticed? I'm going to push aside bloggy thoughts for the holidays, and likely won't do much here until January. Thanks for stopping by, for your interest in children's books, for everything. I really do appreciate it. Here's ...

Maggie’s iPod Cake & Photos to Prove It!

Friday, December 17th, 2010 Posted in Family | 2 Comments »


Ten years ago today our youngest child, Maggie, was born in our bedroom at home. It was a cold, wet, blustery night and Lisa labored long and hard with two midwives at her side. Today it's a living wonder, how this ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #104 (Thursday Edition)

Thursday, December 16th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Jigsaw Jones, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


Fabulous Fineas writes . . . Dear James Preller, I love your books!!! I am 8 years old.  I have pretty much read all your jigsaw jones books! My teacher always says I am getting up there! she says i am getting ...

Thoughts on Blogging . . . and Maggie’s Birthday Breakfast

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 Posted in Family | No Comments »


I often tell myself, "I'm not going to blog for those creeps anymore!" But each day I find something that I want to say, or share, and return to this outlet. Obviously, I'm blogging for me as much as for ...

Cue the Inspiration: “For the Good Times”

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations, Music | No Comments »


This morning I was listening to the remarkable new double-CD by Jamey Johnson, "The Guitar Song," and toward the end he covered one of the Truly Great Songs, Kris Kristofferson's 1970 classic, "For the Good Times." 1970, Monterey Pop Festival. Photo: ...

FATHERS READ: An Update & Some Outtakes

Monday, December 13th, 2010 Posted in Happenings, The Gender Gap in Reading | No Comments »


About seven weeks ago I announced plans for my new blog, FATHERS READ. Some of you may have even answered my request for photos. I'm thrilled with what I've got -- it's a start -- but I will need more. ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #103 (The Video Edition!)

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series), Fan Mail, Fun Clips, School Visits | 2 Comments »


Any author can answer a letter the old-fashioned way -- that is, pay their hired assistant Roxanne to stuff an envelope. But a video letter? That takes someone who can't actually type! This is for you, Ms. Aberman's class at Edgewood ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #102

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


Here's a letter from Frank in Secaucus, New Jersey! Hold on while I warm up the scanner . . . I replied: Hi, Frank. Thanks for the letter. It sounds like we've got a lot in common, since I'm also a huge baseball ...

Getting Boys to Read: Two Authors Chat About It (part 2)

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 Posted in Around the Web, Greatest Hits, The Gender Gap in Reading | 1 Comment »


A while back, author Kurtis Scaletta and I shared on this blog an online chat we had on the wide-ranging topic of "the reading gender gap." Specifically, we discussed an Associated Press article, written by Leanne Italie: “How to get boys ...