Just a quick announcement I wanted to share with my friends: I was just offered a contract for one of my children's picture books from Shen's Books in California. I'm really excited to be working with this multicultural book publisher on my book, CORA SWIRLS THE NOODLES, a story about a creative Filipino girl cooking up traditional Filipino food with her mother. The editor at Shen's Books says they hope to get the book illustrated and on bookshelves by this fall. I've been following Shen's books for a few years now. They work to publish books that will help encourage and educate kids about different cultures of the world. They maintain a great blog and reach out especially to teachers and schools. Thank you to so many of you who have encouraged me in this process of writing and publishing.