What Are the Odds?

After a meeting in downtown Evanston, IL, I pulled over to answer a text. As I start to drive away, I see this--two of my summer camp guide books in this toy store camp display! Thanks, Becky and Me Bookstore! 

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"Mama, Look!" Heads to the Stockholm Archipelago Islands!

Yes, that is "Mama, LOOK!" heading to the Swedish Islands called the "Stockholm Archipelago"  Islands. Word is that they consist of 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks that fan out 80 km east into the Baltic Sea from the city.  https://visitsweden.com/stockholm-archipelago/

 Here is my cousin, Lennart Nicklasson, and "Mama, LOOK!" heading to the Stockholm Archipelago islands! I hope to visit them--and him in the near future! :) PJM

Here is my cousin, Lennart Nicklasson, and "Mama, LOOK!" heading to the Stockholm Archipelago islands! I hope to visit them--and him in the near future! :) PJM

April Birthday Sisters and Brothers!

Can't get over all of fellow children's authors/friends who share my birthday month including Anika Denise, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Rita Garcia Williams, and my childhood favorite, Beverly Cleary, who turned 102 years young this week! Here's to a magical and miraculous year ahead for all of us! xo PJM 

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Give Books. Build Dreams. Change lives...SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS!

GIVE BOOKS. BUILD DREAMS. CHANGE LIVES. I just made my nomination for SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS book drive, have you?

If you are a PAL MEMBER of SCBWI, please nominate yours by APRIL 15th! It's quick, easy, and it will change lives! https://www.scbwi.org/books-for-readers-faq/ #scbwibooksforreaders #Fans of SCBWI

 SCBWI Executive Director and Founder, Lin Oliver, and friend at the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS Refugee Dream Center Celebration, Providence, RI.  

SCBWI Executive Director and Founder, Lin Oliver, and friend at the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS Refugee Dream Center Celebration, Providence, RI.  

Tomie and Me

TBT: Here is Tomie dePaola and me at SCBWI NYC last year! Looove you, Tomie! xo PJM PS Thanks to my friend, Debbie Ohi Ridpath for taking the photo! 

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Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Quin

Love, love, loving this writing book by Ursula K. Le Quin. I wish I could write her a "charming letter" to tell her. Instead, I'll tell you to READ IT. And, then we can discuss. xo PJM

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My New Squarespace website!

I am trying a new website and blog. Please watch this space for occasional musings about life, love, writing, and more.   xo PJM