Want to make a musical instrument that sings, farts, and laughs? I've put together a fun tutorial introducing kids to Scratch coding where they'll get to do just that! Recommended for ages 8 and up, or for younger kids with the help of a teacher/parent. Video Tutorial https://youtu.be/Yh_L4LgiM_U MATERIALS Computer/laptop with access to the Scratch … Continue reading Code an Instrument
I was thinking about activities to accompany my I Can Code board books, and came up with this fun DIY If/Then machine! This machine uses playdough to create an interactive pop-up animal machine for little ones. MATERIALS • Makey Makey (It's pricey, but you can find all sorts of online lessons and tutorials for creating … Continue reading DIY If/Then Machine
Okay. There are lots of great kits for making DIY toy cars with kids - not to mention the balloon-powered speedboat activity in the back of the Built for Speed book that comes out in less than two weeks! But sometimes, you need to improvise, because your kid wants to build something with motors and … Continue reading DIY STEAM Activity: Propellor-powered car!
Vicky Fang with Scholastic editor Rachel Matson As I approach the book birthday of Layla and the Bots: Happy Paws, I want to take a moment to say thank you to many of the awesome people that helped make my debut book happen! I'll share a peek at how this particular book came to life, … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Layla and The Bots
I couldn't be more excited to be ramping up for a wild debut year full of book launches! I finally revealed the covers of my last two books of the year, which means all five books are ready to brag about (and to pre-order, hint hint!) This also means I've been deep in the weeds … Continue reading Kicking Off My Debut Year
With my 2 debut books launching on May 5, 2020, it's time for me to archive the deal announcements and make space for the actual books on my website! In case you missed it, here are the blurbs: Invent-a-Pet (Sterling, Spring 2020) My very first picture book has been announced! Pitched as Dear Zoo meets … Continue reading Belated Book Deals
After over a year, I finally wrote a blog post about experience with the Writing With The Stars program and my wonderful mentor, Peter McCleery. For aspiring picture book writers, be on the lookout for next year's application! It's an amazing opportunity not to be missed.
This news is long overdue, but I am so excited and honored to have won first place AND an honorable mention in the Kidlit College 2017 Fiction Picture Book Contest!
I'm excited to say that a few weeks ago, I signed with the wonderful Elizabeth Bennett at the Jill Corcoran Agency. Things happened so quickly that it's still sinking in, but I couldn't be happier with how things have turned out. Looking forward to what's to come.
It's that time again! Inspired by my littlest one, who's been referring to "ghosts" as "toast", I've created this funny little story for Susanna Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest! To recap the rules: "Write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (title not included in the 100 words), using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow. (Candy … Continue reading Happy Hall of Bean!