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THIS POST IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS (IT’S ABOUT DRAGONS)

As very directly stated above, this post has nothing to do with politics, the election, or any specific candidate. It’s about a smarmy, self-absorbed king-of-his-own-universe on a collision course with self-destruction. (And he’s happy to take you along for the ride.) Meet the narrator of my new picture book with Shelley Moore Thomas, THIS BOOK […]

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Seven Things to Love About Hazel Mitchell’s TOBY

My daughter wandered into my room tonight and couldn’t sleep. I told her there was package by the couch that I had brought in and I was pretty sure it was a new book. Did she want to get it and read it to me? She did. As soon as we opened it I knew […]

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The Magic of School Visits

Such a thing had never happened before – a magician was coming to perform at my elementary school in Central Florida. The staticky squawk box next to the classroom clock ramped up the excitement during morning announcements for months ahead of time. A REAL magician was coming to our school. A grown-up who KNEW MAGIC. And you had […]

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Now Booking 2016-2017 School Visits!

Hello everybody! Hot off the hard drive is my school visit kit for the 2016-2017 school year. I’d love to come visit your school system with one of the following programs (descriptions written in riveting third-person). Download the full kit here:  fred-koehler-appearance-kit-2016 School Assemblies  Let Fred inspire your large group with the real-life stories that […]

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Writing Between the Lines

So… Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s, ONE DAY THE END just won a Boston Globe Horn Book Award. I was lucky enough to be the illustrator. The crazy thing is, it’s the simplest story ever. “One day, I went to school. I came home. The end. One day, I lost my dog. I found him. The end.” And […]

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ONE DAY THE END wins Boston Globe Horn Book honor

Other people called it, but I sure didn’t think anything like this would happen to me. Cheers to Boyds Mills Press, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, the selection committee and everyone involved in bringing ONE DAY, THE END into the world. 🙂 Here’s a link to the article: http://www.hbook.com/2016/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/picture-book-reviews-of-2016-boston-globe-horn-book-award-winner-and-honor-books/

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Art Exhibit and Book Signing

Two things happening this Month with Author and Illustrator, Fred Koehler. He will be showing an Art Exhibit with other children’s book artists at The Gallery at Avalon Island. Opening is on December 17th, 2015 at 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM. Art will be available for purchase. Fred will also be at Writer’s Block Bookstore […]

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The Artist’s Journey

This is a love note to all my artist friends. It occurs to me that your journey transcends art form, whether you’re trying to fill galleries or concert halls or bookstore shelves. Your art, whatever form it takes–you probably start off with a knack for it. People tell you that you have “something.” But then […]

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How To Cheer Up Dad Book Giveaway!

Wow. Wow. Wow. Both the Rotary Club of Florida and my publisher, Penguin Random House, are working together to turn How To Cheer Up Dad into the World’s Largest Children’s Book. And everybody thought it would be a great idea to have a little fun as we get ready for the unveiling on May 16, 2015 […]

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You Wrote a Book (Yay!!!) Now what?

Whew! You didn’t know you had it in you. But you did it. You worked diligently. You persisted. You ignored the concerned looks and questions from your friends and loved ones. You hid yourself in the back room of your house or the quiet corner of a coffee shop for months and months. And now […]

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