9/18/21: Join me and many other local children’s authors and illustrators at the Bath Book Bash in Bath, Maine, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m! I’ll be on a “Spotlight on Picture Books” panel with authors Samara Cole Doyon, Anna Crowley Redding, and Rajani LaRocca at noon in Library Park.

5/5/21:  Join me and illustrator John Herzog for a Zoom discussion of creating our picture book, CLARINET and TRUMPET. Hosted by Print:A Bookstore.

4/11/21: “Tinker and Talk” with Lynne Marie at 6:30 p.m. EST – discussing HIP, HIP…BERET!

2/23/21: Story time for HIP, HIP…BERET’s Book Birthday with the Camden Public Library

February 23, 2021, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EST, join Melanie and HIP, HIP…BERET’s illustrator, Morena Forza, for a reading of their picture book, followed by a Q&A. Email children’s librarian Miss Amy at to request a Zoom link to attend. Melanie will be personalizing signed copies of her book for pre-orders placed through the Owl & Turtle bookshop in Camden.  Call or go online to order.

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4/20/21: Penobscot Bay Pilot/Local Children’s Author Donates to Museum Read-A-Thon


8/12/21: Writer’s Digest article “5 Ways to Add a Refrain to Your Picture Book (And Why You Should)” by Christine Evans – cites my book, HIP, HIP…BERET!

5/14/21: Writers’ Rumpus Interview

5/12/21: Interview and Giveaway on Only Picture Books

4/19/21: Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

4/9/21: Vivian Kirkfield/Picture Books Help Kids Soar: Perfect Picture Book Friday

3/31/21: Good Reads with Ronna: Author Interview

3/30/21: Soaring ’20s: CLARINET AND TRUMPET – Book Birthday and Giveaway!

3/30/21: Vivian Kirkfield/Picture Books Help Kids Soar: Book Birthday and Giveaway

3/21/21: Kathy Temean/Writing & Illustrating: Book Journey and Giveaway

3/8/21: KidLit TV: On the Look Out for Kids’ Books Spring 2021!

2/2021: Imagination Soup: Memorable Picture Books, February 2021

2/24/21: Tara Lazar’s Writing for Kids: Funny AND Female: A Research Project by a Hoity-Toity Otter

2/23/21: Soaring ‘20s: HIP, HIP…BERET! – Book Birthday and Giveaway!

2/12/21: KidLit411: Author Spotlight

2/9/21: Susanna Leonard Hill: Tuesday Debut Author Spotlight

10/31/20: Rate Your Story: The Benefits of Joining a Debut Group

9/30/20: The Soaring ‘20s: Staying Creative, Inspired, and Resilient by Melanie Ellsworth

8/27/20: Lindsay Ward/Critter Lit: Interview with Debut Author Melanie Ellsworth

4/29/20: The Children’s Book Podcast, episode 590: Getting Down to Details with the Soaring ‘20s

3/27/20: Wanted: Humorous Picture Books During Dark Times by Melanie Ellsworth