Friday, October 11, 2013

Author Ame Dyckman

Happy Friday! Are you ready to laugh and smile? I hope so because Author Ame Dyckman dropped by Watch. Connect. Read. to finish my sentences. We discussed tea parties, book trailers, Katherine Applegate's masterpiece, and writing. I wrote the words in red, and Ame wrote the words in black. Thank you, Ame! 


I think tea parties should be held on alternate Wednesdays—EVERYWHERE! In subways, laundromats, factories, the DMV... everyone would be so happy!


K. G. Campbell’s illustrations for Tea Party Rules are SO funny, I can’t look at them while drinking anything. (Especially not grape soda. Had to repaint the wall.)



The book trailer for Boy + Bot was made by the Dyckman Horde during a long pizza-and-pajamas weekend. The book trailer for Tea Party Rules was, too. Someday we’ll make a trailer about making book trailers.

Frog and Toad Are Friends, George and Martha, and Where the Wild Things Are are three of the books I loved as a kid that made me want to become a children’s author when I grew up. And I did! (Become a children’s author, I mean.)


Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan lives in our dollhouse, where we keep our Very Favorite books. There is something—a word, phrase, emotion, insight—on EVERY page of Ivan that SHINES. And leaves you more connected for having read it.

The best thing about writing for children is all of my research is FUN!



The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is why I am published. SCBWI taught me how to write. SCBWI introduced me to my agent, editors and many of my kidlit friends. SCBWI welcomes everyone. I love SCBWI.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me how many cookies I gobbled to get into character for THOSE scenes in Tea Party Rules. (But I’ll never tell!)




I am giving away one copy of Tea Party Rules


Rules for the Giveaway

1. It will run from 10/11 to 11:59 P.M. on 10/13. 

2. You must be at least 13.

3. Please pay it forward 


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring my NJSCBWI buddy Ame. Great interview, Mr. Schu. Can't wait to read TEA PARTY RULES at my next tea party!

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  2. Ame never disappoints with ANYthing she does, whether it's writing children's books, making REALLY great trailers (not kidding here!) or simply making comments about the kinds of things that make you spit your coffee (or grape juice) while reading it :D Love you, Ame! oxox And yes, I have a {signed} copy of BOTH these books. Lucky me :D

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  3. Ame never disappoints with ANYthing she does, whether it's writing children's books, making REALLY great trailers (not kidding here!) or simply making comments about the kinds of things that make you spit your coffee (or grape juice) while reading it :D Love you, Ame! oxox And yes, I have a {signed} copy of BOTH these books. Lucky me :D

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