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Come celebrate Spring with Portland’s children’s literature community!  Next Saturday afternoon (April 2nd) from 2-4 p.m., I’ll be joining 14 local authors and illustrators as we celebrate our newest books.  Refreshments will be served, along with a big dose of fun.

Multnomah Art Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR  97219

Here’s the list of attendees:  Heather Vogel Frederick, David Michael Slater, Dawn Babb Prochovnic, Emily Whitman, Maggie Rudy, Ruth Musgrave, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Rosanne Parry, Barbara Kerley, Kaaren Pixton, Elizabeth Rusch, trudy Ludwig, Susan Blackaby, Carolyn Conahan

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Sneak Peek – “Hide and Squeak”

The great thing about writing a picture book is that I can brag about the illustrations, since I had absolutely nothing to do with them!

Is this beautiful or WHAT?

I am so incredibly fortunate to have my story illustrated by C. F. Payne.  Wait until you see the artwork inside.  He’s amazing.  And so is Chloe Foglia, the talented designer in Simon & Schuster’s art department who masterminded this adorable cover. Talk about a powerhouse team!

I can’t wait to hold the new baby when it’s published next February.  (Yeah, I know, 2011 is a long time from now … but I couldn’t resist offering you this squeak sneak peek.)