Monday, September 12, 2022

ABC ROAR is here!

It’s an animal and alphabet adventure!
Creating the illustrations and design for ABC ROAR was such a joy,
with so much inspiration from my animal-loving family.

Kids will learn animal names and write the letter of the alphabet in this
colorful and interactive novelty.  Each spread with cut-out layers
and glossy paths feature a different creature living in their
environment for a hands-on exploration of letters and animals.

Kids can touch and trace letters from A to Z, whether it’s
a bear fishing in the stream, dolphins splashing in the ocean, 
or a leopard roaring from the trees above!

ABC ROAR is now available and I’ve updated my website
to include a fun, book-themed stick puppet activity to pair with storytime.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Happy Book-Birthday 123 ZOOM!


 It's publication day for 123 ZOOM and I'm excited to share
with you this colorful, interactive novelty board book!

Each spread with cut-out layers and glossy paths features
a different mode of transportation for a hands-on 
exploration of numbers and vehicles.

Count, touch, and trace from one to eleven,
whether it's one plane on the runway, two dump trucks
on the construction site, or ten bicycles on a bike path.
Then fly, sail, race, and count backwards through
clouds, ocean, and land to find hidden surprises.


It's companion book, ABC ROAR releases in July.
This hands-on novelty introduces the alphabet and animals in their habitats.
123 ZOOM is available now, at Barnes & Noble and fine stores.

If you'd like to read about my journey and process creating
123 ZOOM, please swing by Tara Lazar's blog,

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year!

Roar, it’s the Year of the Tiger! 
If someone you know was born in 2022, 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962,
1950, 1938... (you get the pattern), their zodiac sign is the tiger.
Tigers are known to be brave, confident, and strong.
Lunar New Year is on February 1st.

As someone who creates children’s books for the youngest readers,
I’m all about drawing adorable tigers over fierce ones!
Click here to print this coloring activity
to add to your festive Lunar New Year celebration.

Wishing you and all tigers out there good health, fortune, and happiness!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Winter is officially here, and it’s that cozy time of the year!
I’ve been exploring negative and positive space art quite a bit this year.
See if you can find the five hidden images in the negative space - 
the areas around and in between the art.

Now grab some cookies, a snuggly blanket, and let’s celebrate
the colors of winter.   Color Wonder: Winter is Here! invites you to an
interactive, colorful storytime experience.

  Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season.
Cheers to a blessed New Year!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Happy Fall!

In all my years, I’ve barely paid much attention
to these skittish critters.  This year has been different,
with worries about the pandemic and safety of
our families and community; I appreciate my everyday life.
Sitting by my office window, I’m amazed at how productive 
the squirrels are.  One in particular, whom I’ve named Licorice,
has been storing nuts inside the corner of my backyard fence.
He puts a smile on my face with every trip to and from 
his secret hiding stash.  I’ve even collected acorns and left a pile for
him by my house.  Why?  In a nutshell, I’m thankful for 
these little snippets of happiness, which have made a big impact
on my optimism and hope for the future.



And with that, Halloween is still happening,
with a safe and creative celebration in the works!
In preparation, I made these little magnets/pins.  These Perler Beads are 
my latest craft obsession, and a fun activity to make with the kids.  
By glueing magnets to the back, they serve two purposes.
I decorate my refrigerator with them, and wear them like pins - by placing
another magnet to the back side of clothing.  No sharp pricks to worry about!
I prefer to create my own designs, but there are templates as well.


Check out my Baby Yoda, although my 
daughter thinks he looks more like a baby Shrek.

Have a safe and spooktacular fall season!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fun Animal Idioms and Storytime Activities!

Here are some storytime activities that will have
kids expressing in idioms.  In my interactive die-cut book, 
 children are introduced to fun animal idioms through
a playful guessing game.

Are you sly as a fox?  Stubborn as a mule?
These stick puppets, coloring and idiom activities
have been a big hit with the kids at my storytime author events.
Click here to print out the activity pages.

Here I am, happy as a clam!
For more storytime ideas, check out these animal
idiom activities from Toddler Approved.

Spring Storytime Read Aloud and Crafts!

As we are adjusting to these challenging times,
I am joining the kid lit community in sharing storytime and crafts
to entertain and help kids stay enriched and happy at home.

To celebrate the spring season,
Stay tuned!  At the end of this video, there will be a demonstration
on how I created this novelty format with color-mixing wheels.

Make it a craft day too!  Pair storytime with these stick puppets and coloring
activities featuring the playful bug characters and spring flowers.

And for some creative hands-on fun, check out these
wonderful color-mixing activities from Toddler Approved. 

Wishing you all a safe and healthy spring season.