Category: Authors

SCBWI-Carolinas Conference Recap

A week ago I attended the SCBWI-Carolinas Writers Conference in Charlotte, NC. I learned a few key things that I believe will improve my writing. That makes the conference a success for me–well worth the investment of time and money. My daughter lives nearby,…

Picture Book Women’s History Month-Mary Shelley

A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring a 2018 picture book about a woman making history! Happy Women’s History Month! She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein was written by Lynn Fulton and illustrated by Felicita Sala. It was published…

Picture Book for Women’s History Month-Jane Austen

A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring a 2018 picture book about a woman making history! Happy Women’s History Month! Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel was written by Lisa Pliscou and was illustrated by Jen Corace. Henry Holt and Company…

Guest Post at Almost An Author

Hi, writers! Please pop over to Almost An Author to read my guest post “Your Fifteen Minutes” with an editor or agent. Thanks!

G Is For Groundhog – Review

SPOILER ALERT! GIVE-A-WAY IN THIS POST.  G Is For Groundhog is a brand new soft cover picture book by my wonderful friend, Kristi Butler.  It was illustrated by another special friend, Samantha Bell. Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. published it in 2018. G Is For Groundhog is…

The Blue Whale – a Nonfiction Picture Book Review

Another nonfiction picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. It’s that wonderful time of year again—school restarts after summer break. I love it! I peruse the aisles of department stores admiring the shiny new school supplies. I haven’t taught school for fourteen years, but…

Guest Post – Jason Joyner

Jason Joyner’s new release Launch is book one of the YA Rise of the Anointed series published by Little Lamb Books. It is available at online bookstores and book stores across America. Gifts By Jason Joyner We are all given gifts. The Father of lights gives…

Picture Book Review-Ocean Meets Sky

  Another picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall. Ocean Meets Sky was written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It was published by Simon % Schuster Books for Young Readers in 2018. This book is home to some incredible art. Really! Just like…

Picture Book Review How to Grow a Dinosaur

Another Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall How to Grow a Dinosaur was written by Jill Esbaum and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It was published in 2018 by Dial Books for Young Readers. There are tons of picture books on the library shelves…

Picture Book Review (Nonfiction) The Inventor’s Secret

A Nonfiction Picture Book Review by Jean Matthew Hall The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford is an interesting and engaging nonfiction picture book written by Suzanne Slade, and illustrated (smashingly!) by Jennifer Black Reinhardt. It was published by Charlesbridge in 2015….

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