Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Author Toni Buzzeo

My friend, author Toni Buzzeo, sent me her latest title Ready Or Not, Dawdle Duckling, illustrated by Margaret Spengler (Dial, 2005). It's a hide-and-go-seek book about Mama Duck and her four little ducklings. (Ages 2-up).

See "Write Baby Animals And Get It Right" by Toni Buzzeo from Smartwriters.com; An Interview With Toni Buzzeo from Authors Among Us: Children's Authors Who Are Or Have Been Librarians; The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo from By The Book: Author Interviews and Book Reviews for Kids from Julia Durango; Author Answers with Picture Book Author Toni Buzzeo from Debbi Michiko Florence; and Getting Personal With Children's Book Author Toni Buzzeo from The Savvy Click.

My Thoughts

Toni and I met as beginning writers, both mentored by author Jane Kurtz, who introduced us. We have since traded manuscripts and supported one another through our respective breakthroughs in this business and become good friends. Toni will be staying here at Casa Smith Leitich during TLA in Austin this spring. She's speaking on "Overcoming Roadblocks to Collaboration" from 3 to 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.

Speaking of TLA, Greg offers a related restaurant guide.

Cynsational Links

Beyond Nancy Drew: Picture Books To YA: The Best from 1994 to 2004 from Ravenstone Press.

The Divine Miss Pixie Woods (Cecil Castellucci) from the author of Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005). A most buzzy book in online circles. Can't wait to read it!

Cynthia Lord's Journal from the author of Rules (Scholastic, 2006)(see author interview, Web site). She was a winner of the SCBWI work-in-progress grant.

Marlene's Journal from author Marlene Perez, author of Unexpected Development (Roaring Brook, 2004). Unexpected Development was a recent ALA Quick Pick. Congratulations, Marlene!

Uppity Girls and Fearless Women: No More Damsels in Distress from Ravenstone Press. A picture book bibliography compiled by Jerri Garretson.

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