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I am a children's picture book and detective novel writer from Houston, Texas. Grew up an army brat; traveled some. Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Mexico - but never enough! Day job is teaching bilingual kindergarten - have a great gig at a progressive school, where we teach one day in English, one day in Spanish. We do a lot of book writing in my class - also teach writing to fourth gra... More
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1. Gorila (Hardcover)
    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica USA
N/A 6/18/2009
john said: I put in the Spanish version, but the English version - like anything by Anthony Browne - is better than terrific. The illustrations are multi layered, going several steps past most picture book il...more
tags: Inspired me
356 Reviews  
2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Storytime Giants) (Paperback)
    Author: Bill Martin, Eric Carle
    Illustrator: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Longman
N/A 6/10/2009
john said: A great book to read to kids. Once. After that they read it themselves, over and over and over and over again. It's the kind of book all writers aspire to write; one that will support them and their k...more
tags: Inspired me - I wish I wrote it! ,
1,846 Reviews  
3. The Story about Ping (Viking Kestrel picture books) (Hardcover)
    Author: Kurt Wiese, Marjorie Flack
    Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Ages 4-8 6/8/2009
john said: This is a classic. It gets right into a child's biggest fear - abandonment - and combines that with charming illustrations, life on a Junk in china, and how tough it is to be a duckling. The la la la...more
tags: I recommend
348 Reviews  
4. Goodnight Moon: Pw Zoo Hli (English/Hmong) (English and Vietnamese Editi...
    Author: Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator) Margaret Wise Brown
    Illustrator: Clement Hurd
    Publisher: Minnesota Humanities Commission
Baby to Pre-K 6/8/2009
john said: A classic for the little ones. It has that spooky kind of richness that seems to speak right to the inner unconscious of every child, and every adult's inner child. A perfect book to read at bedtime ...more
tags: I recommend
4,609 Reviews  
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Comment by LaVerne Harris on 8/23/2010 at 4:20 PM:
Hey John! I'm a recently retired Teacher from a South Bronx, Dual Language school. I'm putting together a Bronx Literature Festival, you may want to be an exhibitor,(registration fee is a mere $50. The event date is Nov 6. If you're interested you can email me at [email protected] or facebook... more
Comment by john tracy on 7/19/2010 at 9:21 AM:
I am busily planning to make the trip to LA for the conference. All is going well...Yee haw.
Am working and reworking five stories to have to carry around, have my business cards, and am set.
Comment by john tracy on 2/15/2010 at 10:58 AM:
Has anyone ever attended the SCBWI convention. I'm planning on attending this summer's festival in LA, but would like to know more in advance. Plan to come with at least 20 stories to show, and blog about it while there.
Any practical advice would dearly be appreciated.
John Tracy
Comment by Ralph Scott on 7/16/2009 at 1:37 PM:
Hey John, Thanks very much for taking the time to look at what we're doing. Any time you would like to test some of our content on your students, we would never turn that down. Let us know.
Ralph Scott
... more
Comment by Lauren Lawrence on 7/15/2009 at 8:24 PM:
Hi John, my "Your Dreams" column is in the NY Daily News every Sunday.... on top of the Horoscopes in the Sunday Now section of the paper. I don't know why you were unable to find it. It is also on line, but without the cute pictures...
www.nydailynews.com click on Lifestyles and look at the in... more
Comment by john tracy on 7/15/2009 at 9:00 AM:
Just finished reading A Gent's Perspective - a blog from a supposed agent. Past the angry vituperative diatribes - depression sucks, friend - there were actually more than a few useful things to glean from it. Suspect the lesson is: there are probably lots more like him; best get used to it.
Comment by john tracy on 7/3/2009 at 9:25 PM:
I'm finally done. My dad passed away a month ago, and it took several weeks to get everything arranged for 30 or so family members to come into town for the funeral. Lots of food, tears, funny stories, drink, photos, birthday celebrations for the little ones who came along, recollections about my da... more
Comment by S G on 6/25/2009 at 2:30 PM:
Thank you John.
Much appreciated!
Comment by S G on 6/25/2009 at 1:11 PM:
Enjoyed reading about your books!
Comment by Sarah Davis on 6/24/2009 at 10:17 PM:
Hi John! Thanks for the nice comment about my illustrations. Good luck with your books!
Comment by L.J. Boldyrev on 6/18/2009 at 5:37 PM:
You are so on! But wait till I say go. >_
Comment by Bernhard Oberdieck on 6/17/2009 at 3:14 AM:
Hey John,

here can you read what "Rumpelstilzchen" means. http://www.sleen-design.de/uploads/media/rumpel_03.pdf. ( "noisy rumbling goblin" ).


Comment by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt on 6/15/2009 at 2:34 PM:
Hi, John. Thanks for your message. I, too, lived in Germany as a brat - Zweibruchen and Bremerhaven. Your novel has a great opening sentence! ("Yesterday I robbed a bank.") Good luck with it!!
Comment by Jenni Derfoldy on 6/14/2009 at 7:12 PM:
Thank-you for the welcome.
Sounds like you have had interesting experiences as a massage therapist, and through life in general. I don't think I would stop, unless my arms fell off, I don't think people would enjoy massage by mechanical arm. Your current job sounds exciting in itself,... more
Comment by john tracy on 6/14/2009 at 6:58 PM:
Gotta tell you. Woke up early this morning - 2 in the morning early - couldn't sleep. I was amazed by the number of people on line! The joint was rocking. No wonder books get written. The world is full of insomniacs like me!
Comment by Susan Otten on 6/13/2009 at 1:03 PM:
Dear John,
Thanks for the compliment! I think you have some great ideas for children's books. Be persistent - it's tough to get a publisher to say yes. Please keep me in mind if you are looking for an illustrator.
I taught fourth graders too for many years and loved it. My grandson was j... more
Comment by Bernhard Oberdieck on 6/10/2009 at 6:09 AM:
Hi John,

thanks for your friendly commentary for my works. I´m living between Munich / Rosenheim.

Comment by Lois Kambarian on 6/6/2009 at 10:57 AM:
Hi, John. Granite City, IL is just across the river from St. Louis, MO.
Comment by Kelly Polark on 5/28/2009 at 9:39 AM:
Welcome to Jacketflap, John! My advice is to do your homework on publishers (through this site, Children's Market books, publishing web sites) before you send out your manuscripts. I've also submitted to magazines to get publishing credits as well with a little luck. Verla Kay has a very informat... more
Comment by Marsha Van Dyke on 4/12/2009 at 4:12 PM:
Hey there John,
Welcome to JacketFlap. We just joined too!
Comment by Eric Hammond on 4/11/2009 at 9:15 PM:
Hey, John.
Welcome to JacketFlap.

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