My New Home

19 February 2016


After 10 years, my website, has a shiny, new look! I hope you will take a look around — at gobs of information, resources for readers and writers, pretty pictures, and news updates. And for anyone who enjoys the occasional email newsletter with “sneak previews” and suchlike, it’s easy to sign up.

I’ll be posting news over there from now on. Thanks for stopping by!



24 February 2016

It’s cold and rainy here in CT today, so I’m heading to TX this morning… then to ME, IL, MI, TN…
Happy World Read-Aloud Day!



Picture Book Architect

24 November 2015


Another interview! This time with illustrator “Dani Duck: Artist Obscure“, in which we chat about making dummies.

Writing “in the cracks of the day”

15 September 2015


I am interviewed by friend and writer Faith Hough, in which we talk about telepathy, ice cream, and a few other things: you can read our chat on her blog, Writing “in the cracks of the day.”

Illustration from By Mouse & Frog, Viking, ©Deborah Freedman 2015


12 April 2015

I have a guest post up today at the Nerdy Book Club, to celebrate the release on Tuesday of my book By Mouse & Frog.

And infinity-jillion heartfelt thanks to John Schumacher at Watch. Connect. Read. and Colby Sharp at Sharpread, for spreading the word about my new book!


Thank you also to librarians Margie Meyers-Culver at Librarian’s Quest, and Tasha Saecker at Waking Brain Cells for their wonderful, early blog reviews.

One Morning…

14 March 2015

By Mouse & Frog

My next book, BY MOUSE & FROG, will be published by Viking on April 14. Head on over to Goodreads, if you’d like to sign up for a giveaway!

Happy 2015!

1 January 2015


BY MOUSE & FROG, April 2015, Viking Children’s Books
© Deborah Freedman

The Writer is a Bad Influence…

8 November 2014

It’s Picture Book Idea Month! Click here to learn all of this writer’s *secrets*…


Um, Hello!

9 October 2014


I’ve been busy! Visiting schools, writing books… looking forward to sharing pictures soon from my next book, BY MOUSE & FROG, to be published by Viking in April, 2015.

© photo by Dickerson Photography


27 February 2014


I’m proud to be a member of the Nerdy Book Club. You may be a member too, and not even know it…

To see the rest of this banner and its band of readers, head on over to the club’s brand-new site! I’m truly honored that my artwork now greets the enthusiastic, generous, and openhearted readers who congregate there.

© Deborah Freedman 2014

Snail Mail

25 November 2013


Picturebook authors get the best snail-mail. A huge thank you to all who send it!

Be Brave

9 October 2013


Inspired by the many wonderful teachers and librarians on Twitter who have “Be Brave” as a motto for their classrooms this year, I made this poster for downloading. A special thanks to all who have shared The Story of Fish & Snail with their students!

Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Courage: Sheila Rae, the Brave, by Kevin Henkes; Swimmy, by Leo Lionni; When Jessie Came Across the Sea, by Amy Hest & P.J. Lynch; Mirette on the High Wire, by Emily Arnold McCully; The Scar, by Charlotte Moundlic & Olivier Tallec; Brave Irene, by William Steig.

Snail on the Move

18 September 2013


Snail and I are hitting the road, slowly, with our book, The Story of Fish and Snail. Hope to see some of you! Here’s where we’ll be:

  • Friday, October 4, 2013
    Books-a-Million, Reading and book signing, 4:00 pm, Corinth, MS
  • Saturday, October 5, 2013
    Square Books Jr, Storytime and book signing, 10:00 am, Oxford, MS
  • Thursday, October 10, 2013
    R J Julia Booksellers, Storytime and book signing, 10:30 am, Madison, CT
  • Sunday, November 2, 2013
    “Inside Story”, 1:00—3:00 pm, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
  • Saturday, November 9, 2013
    Children’s Book Festival, 11:00 am—4:00 pm, Pequot Library, Southport, CT
  • Friday, November 15, 2013
    AASL National Conference, Signing, 1:00—2:00 pm, Hartford, CT
  • Saturday, December 7, 2013
    Byrd’s Books, Storytime and book signing, 2:00 pm, Bethel, CT
  • Saturday, December 21, 2013
    Eric Carle Museum, Storytime and book signing, 2:00 pm, Amherst, MA

  • I’ve gone dotty……

    11 September 2013


    September 15 is International Dot Day, when over 1 million teachers and students, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot, plan to celebrate “teaching and learning with creativity”. This is my mark — see others by some of your favorite authors and illustrators here, at “Celebri-dots“.

    Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Art and Imagination: Flyaway Katie by Polly Dunbar, The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven, I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak, Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty, How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird by Jacques Prevert and Mordicai Gerstein.

    And More Picturebooks about Art and Imagination.

    Whose Words Are Those?

    18 June 2013


    I’m guest posting today, at the Nerdy Book Club. Thanks so much to teachers Donalyn Miller, Colby Sharp, and Cindy Minnich for inviting me over!

    And speaking of invitations, last week I had fun finishing the sentences of teacher-librarian John Schu, over at Watch. Connect. Read.

    Missing Maurice

    2 May 2013

    Sendak homage

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, ABFFE, will hold its Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 29, at BookExpo America. This year’s auction will include some special pieces created in memory of Maurice Sendak — and this is my tribute, above. You can learn more about ABFFE and this special event here.

    Have I told you about…

    8 April 2013


    Coming from Viking Children’s Books, June 13.

    The Story of Fish & Snail

    Signed copies may be purchased from independent bookseller R. J. Julia.

    When Life Gives You Snow…

    12 February 2013

    Make a Snow Chicken


    Frog and Toad Have Good Ideas

    6 November 2012

    Lessons learned from Frog and Toad:

    I’m on the road today, guest posting over at Writing for Kids.

    Salad Days

    22 October 2012

    Autumn Salad


    Toss together:

  • Mixed fall leaves
  • Pine cones
  • Hydrangea flowers
  • Season to taste with fern fronds. Serve on a bed of pine needles; garnish with feverfew, mums.

    Suggested Reading, RECIPES: Mudpies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad.

    Suggested Reading, Books about LEAVES: The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger; Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert; Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke; Leaves by David Ezra Stein; Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace;