Tuesday, April 15, 2014


It will be a week of balance for me.

I have two books I'm working on.
I have started the Spring yard work.
I'm working on the Fifth Grade Yearbook at Magoo's school.
I'm scheduling author appearances.
I'm making three more pieces for my art show in June.
It is April break so Magoo is home and I need to schedule his free time and his social calendar as well.
I'm changing all my passwords because of HeartBleed.
Oh, and social media.

At least I have found that when I'm waiting for my computer to import an image, I can get a little ukelele practice in.

The rest of it, I'm working on.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Winners Are In....

Hi all!

I posted the winners on the bottom of the previous email, but I also wanted to post them in a separate post.

Here they are:


SIGNED BOOK:  Ame Dykeman
SIGNED BOOK:  Leandra Wallace
SIGNED BOOK:  Erin  (Erin, I don't have contact info for you.  You posted on my blog on April 8th.  Please send me an email at julie_c@rocketmail.com)


Congratulations and BIG THANKS to all who played, posted, and tweeted.  I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


YAY!  Today is the day!  THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC is out and ready to buy in the stores and online.  For those of you who've purchased it - THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I really hope you like it.

But if you're not ready to shell out the buckos just yet, you're in luck!

Because THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC is my fourth picture book, I'm giving away FOUR COPIES!  And there will be one Grand Prize Winner.  Not only will they receive one of the four signed books I'm giving away, but I will also do an 8" X 10" collage portrait in the style of The Simples (of up to four figures.)

Want to get a Simple Portrait of Mom, Dad, Timmy, and Lucy?  I can do that!
Do you have three kids and pet?  I can do that!
Do you want an illustration of your five kids, three uncles, and Great Aunt Betty?  No!  That's too many people to fit in an 8" X 10".  :)

Here's an example of what I'm talking about.

You send me a photo and I'll make it into a Simple Collage Portrait!  (That's my fifth grade school pic.  Stylish!)

Get the picture?

So again:  THREE lucky winners will each receive ONE SIGNED COPY of The Simples Love a Picnic.  And ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive ONE SIGNED COPY of The Simples Love a Picnic and a custom made 8" X 10" Simple Portrait of up to four figures.

The contest will run until Friday morning, 9am.

Here's how you enter.

Leave a comment on this blog post.  You will get ONE ENTRY.

Blog about the book coming out or this contest (make sure to let me know about the post by including a link here or in an email to me at julie_c@rocketmail.com.)  You will receive FIVE ENTRIES!

Tweet about The Simples Love a Picnic or this contest and receive FIVE ENTRIES! (Make sure to include @JCPhillipps in the tweet so I see it.)

Post something on Facebook about the book or this post (make sure to tag me so I will see it) and receive FIVE ENTRIES!

The more you spread the word, the more chances you have to win!!!

Good luck and thanks for stopping in!

UPDATE:  THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED (by me dipping my hand into a bowl and pulling out names on slips of paper) AND THEY ARE...

BOOK:  ERIN (who posted on this blog on April 8th and I don't have contact info for you.  Shoot me an email at julie_c@rocketmail.com)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Simples Love Worksheets

Hi all!  I've missed a couple blog days so I'm playing catch up with two new sets of worksheets:  Graphing and Prepositions!

If you're not a teacher, this post will probably not interest you, so let me just remind you that THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC is coming out Tuesday and I'll be running a giveaway starting that day, so come back.  (But you can go now, b/c it's gonna be worksheets for the rest of this post. :)

The first set is about graphing.  There's an ilustration of ants taking over a picnic and gathering near certain foods.  The studnt would look at that illo and graph the info on this graph sheet.

Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store here to get the full FREE download.

My second set of worksheets is on Prepositions.

There are two worksheets.   The one below asks the students to look at the squirrel in each panel and circle the preposition that best describes where the squirrel is.

Go HERE to down the FREE Preposition worksheets.

I have two more sets to unroll this week, but I'll try to get everything up on teh Teachers Pay Teachers site today.  So if you're a teacher and you CAN'T WAIT, then click here to go to my TPT store.

It's a beautiful Spring day today in Sunny CT!  I hope you are all out enjoying the weather and having a fabulous Sunday!

Thanks so much for stopping in!  Remember - THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC comes out on Tuesday!  And I'll be doing a giveaway right here!  Come back!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Simples Love Coloring Pages

Five days to go until the launch of THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC and today I'm offering free coloring pages!

Click on the image to enlarge, then hit PRINT.

If that doesn't work, perhaps you'd like to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store and grab them there.

In other news ...

My editor at Houghton Mifflin sent me a link to a nice review of The Simples from the blog, In The Know Mom.  It's a nice write up, because not only does the post say nice things about my book, but it also looks at some other great Spring books.  So if you want to put away the winter books (and don't we all) and buy some fresh books for the Easter basket, there are some great suggestions here.

Also, the fabulous librarian/blogger Mr. Schu honored me with a brief interview called Four Questions and Two Sentence Starters with J. C. Phillipps.  Mr. Schu is great because A. he loves books B. he highlights book trailers and C. he's a twitter fiend! 

Big thanks to Mr. Schu  and In the Know Mom for the shout outs!
And big thanks to you all for stopping in!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The SImples Love a Word Search

Six days until THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC drops!  YAY!

Today I'm celebrating with FREE WORD SEARCHES!

I have two versions.  One is slightly easier.  One is slightly harder.  They are both FUN!  (If you like word searches.)

Click and print from the blog or download from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

In other news,

If you're a SCBWI member and you'd like to vote for the Crystal Kite awards, voting is now open.  And guess what MONKEY ONO is eligible.  Make sure you're logged in and click here to vote for Monkey Ono.  (But only if you're an SCBWI member.  Sorry Mom, you can't vote.)

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Simples Love Mazes

The countdown has begun for the pub date of THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC, so I am starting to roll out my Freebies on Teachers Pay Teachers.

The first in the series: Mazes.

These are just a couple of little fun pages for the kiddos.  If you have a little one at home, go ahead and print them up.  Be my guest!

If you can't pull them from this blog post and want to join Teachers Pay Teachers (it's free) click here for a downloadable zip file. 

In other news: the snow is melting and the land is slush - but the sun is shining.  Maybe Mother Nature pulled her prank a day early and today she is making up for it.

Have a Happy April Fool's Day!