The Soaring ‘20s is a group of authors and illustrators who have come together to support each other as we debut picture books in 2020 (and in some cases, 2021). You can find us on Twitter (@Soaring20sPB) and Instagram (Soaring20sPB). Check out our website at https://w...

July 7, 2020

I’ve taken many leaps throughout my career, confident that at the right moment, the net will appear.


I started my career as a radio news journalist (with NPR affiliate, WUWM and ABC affiliate, WISN), both in M...

June 4, 2020

As a child, I was one of Mister Rogers’ television neighbors. He was a companion and a storyteller. He made a point to illuminate the arts, show how things were made, and address challenging topics. I felt good when I was in his presence.

Mister Rogers knew how to speak...

May 3, 2020

 Enter the Rafflecopter above for your chance to win a copy of Rebecca's debut, After The Rain. *Winner must be located in the US. 

On June 7th, 2018, I received the email that every aspiring author longs to receive:

Thank you for sending us 'THE GUTTER'. We love i...

March 2, 2020

I grew up with nursery rhymes, and although many see them as outdated, they are helpful for language acquisition and encourage children’s speech development. The verses are made up of patterns, they have a rhyme scheme, a specific meter, lots of repetition and they emb...

June 4, 2019


This Spring I debuted two new books, both with briny, beachy, boaty themes. LUCY LOVES SHERMAN’S BEACH, a tale of companionship, crustaceans, and a clean-up, splashed out from Sky Pony Press in March. This story is the seq...

June 3, 2018

I’m always ready to cheer when book deals are announced, especially if I know the author and/or illustrator. But honestly, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t wish I saw my name as well. So, when my name started popping up on PW, you can be sure I was dancing for joy.

But h...

May 2, 2018

WIELDING THE RIGHT WORDS (And the Right Journals.)

by Shutta Crum

Okay, you’ve slogged through a difficult—even hellish—first draft (or two). Your plots are working (external and internal voyages), and your characters have depth. Good. And now you need a break. You’re in...

March 5, 2018

“You gotta have heart. Miles 'n miles ‘n miles of heart,” or so sang the team in the musical Damn Yankees. If you’re a ball player, you’ve gotta have heart. If you’re performing eight shows a week on Broadway, you’ve gotta have heart, too. And if you’re a picture book...

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