February 2020

Interview with Kellee Moye and Book Giveaway

Here’s another chance to win a copy of HONEY and to peek behind the curtain at the writing process. Kellee asked way I chose this specific moment in time for my book. Here’s an except from the interview: Q: Why did you specifically choose this moment in Abe’s life to focus on? What did you… Read more »

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

On President’s Day, HONEY is getting some lovely reviews and attention. Here are snippets and links to a few. “In her debut as a picture book author, Shari Swanson brings a story to readers about Abraham Lincoln sure to find a permanent place in their hearts.  His kinship with the natural world, his appreciation for all… Read more »

Honey prints

If you are looking for a yummy rainy day activity, how about Honey prints? Here, I used pre-made sugar cookies already cut into the right size. Right after you get the cookies out of the oven, gently ease one Hershey’s drop and four little chocolate morsels into the warm cookie for the paw pads. Then… Read more »

Good enough to gobble it up.

I devoured books as a kid, so I can definitely relate to this future reader. The books with a few chew marks are well-loved. “This book [HONEY] is a necessity, especially because it is a part of history! Honey saved Abraham Lincoln. What a dog!” What a dog! My thoughts exactly. 🙂

Interview with Linda Washington

I’m not used to being interviewed. It really brings out some interesting feelings. Here I share with Secret Gardener Linda Washington what advice I would give to hopeful picture book writers and my hopes of what readers will take away from reading HONEY. El Space: Any advice for would-be picture book writers? What do you… Read more »

Interview with Sandra Nickel

What a lovely time I had in this interview with fellow Secret Gardener (Vermont College of Fine Arts, July 2012 class) Sandra Nickel.  Sandra asks What was on…..? Here is my response to What was on the cutting room floor (Short answer — lots!): Editing Room floor: To write a picture book, particularly a non-fiction one,… Read more »

HONEY Give-away!

The good folks at Teaching Books.net are hosting a Give-Away to win a copy of HONEY! Contests & Giveaways | February 2020 Enter here. Before February 18th.  Good Luck!!

Curriculum Guide and Activity Kit

I am so excited to share the new Curriculum Guide for HONEY! It is chockfull of ideas for using HONEY to help subjects from social studies to math come alive, with an extra serving of language arts. Consider the life of the nocturnal animals Abe would have encountered when stuck in the cavern, trace his… Read more »