Mailing address


My students would like to write a letter to you. Is there a way to mail you letters?

Phyllis replied:   Yes, they may write to me at 401 Russell Avenue, Apt. 713,  Gaithersburg, MD  20877.   If these are just a few individual letters, it would be great it they would include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so I could respond.  If this is a whole class of letters, please just give me the name of the school so I could send a reply to the whole class.

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Author Visit


Do you do author’s visits? I am the school librarian and my 4th graders loved the Shiloh series. We just read Roxie and the Hooligans and will be starting The Boys Start The War next. We are located in southern New Jersey and would love to meet you.
Thank you.


Phyllis replied:

I’m sorry, but I’m deep into the writing of a very long novel, and I need every spare hour I can get.  I’m delighted that your class is enjoying my books.  A new Roxie book will be out next May.

Posted on: February 21, 2018

A hopeful author


I’m an aspiring author and wonder if you would read and comment on a few chapters of my manuscript.

Phyllis replied:

I wish I could do it, but I get dozens and dozens of requests for reading other people’s work and writing blurbs for the book jackets, reviewing a book, or reading and commenting on a manuscript.  If I did it for one, I should do it for all, and that is simply not possible.    But I wish you the best of luck!

Posted on: January 23, 2018

Teachers, regarding student letters

Message from Phyllis: I enjoy reading letters from your students, and if they would like to write to me personally, my address is 401  Russell Avenue, Apt. 713, Gaithersburg, MD  20877.  If class letters come all in one batch, please give me the name and address of your school so that I can write one letter to be read to the class.  If students write to me individually, U.S. mail, I try to answer each one, sometimes with a note, but always with a brochure or photo or whatever they seem to most want.  Once in a while I can’t make out the address or the city or even the child’s name, and so someone may be overlooked, but I hope it doesn’t happen often.  If you have a personal request, and don’t want your message to appear on these blogs, please email me at  In the subject heading, type personal request.

Posted on: October 20, 2017

Sad News

This week I received the awful news that Blake Heron, the actor who played the role of Marty Preston in the first SHILOH movie, had died.  He was now 35 years old, though I believe he was about 13 or 14 when the movie was produced.  He played with such feeling, and truly brought the character to life.  The whole cast is heartbroken over the death of this promising actor.   Phyllis



Posted on: September 14, 2017

New book! Zack and the Turkey Attack

Coming this fall!

The story of a boy who loves everything about helping out on his granddad’s farm on weekends, except… for the ornery tom turkey that attacks him the minute he steps out of his dad’s pickup.  Or every time he crosses the yard….or every time he comes down the porch steps….    One friend says he’ll help, but  another friend has a problem even more serious…….




Posted on: May 8, 2017

Washington Independent Writers Conference

Phyllis Naylor will be on a panel discussing the marketing of children’s books, on Saturday,  April 29, 3:55 to 4:45.  The conference is being held at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center,  3501 University Blvd. E,  in Hyattsville, Maryland.  She will be signing books after the panel discussion.  For more information, go to

Posted on: April 13, 2017

Phyllis Naylor to Give the de Grummond Lecture

Mrs. Naylor has been chosen to present the de  Grummond Lecture at the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, April 5th.  This annual lecture is in connection with the Fay B . Kaigler Children’s Book Festival and the de Grummond Children’s Literature Research Collection.  For information, contact Ellen Ruffin, 601-266-6543

Posted on: April 2, 2017

The Alice Collection: New Alice Boxed Sets!

Whether you’ve just been introduced to Alice or are an old friend, these three new Alice boxed sets are the perfect way to follow along on Alice’s journeys from start to finish and they are available now!

The Alice Collection: Alice In Elementary

Alice has been through it all. Friendships, breakups, love…and we get to experience it all with her. In this, the very first Alice boxed set, you will find the youngest years of Alice’s life, from third, fourth, and fifth grades. Begin the journey here with Starting with Alice, Alice in Blunderland, and Lovingly Alice. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: Alice in Elementary boxed set, click here.


The Alice Collection: The Middle School Years

In this boxed set you will find Alice’s ups and downs of from sixth grade through the summer before high school. Continue the journey here with eleven Alice books: The Agony of Alice; Alice in Rapture, Sort Of; Reluctantly Alice; All But Alice; Alice In Between; Alice the Brave; Alice in Lace; Outrageously Alice; Achingly Alice; Alice on the Outside; and The Grooming of Alice. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: The Middle School Years boxed set, click here.


The Alice Collection: High School and Beyond

In this boxed set, you will see Alice through high school, into college, and beyond. It includes the Alice bind-ups of her high school years, and the most anticipated finale, where you finally find out who “the one” is. It’s all here, in these books: I Like Him, He Likes Her; It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way; Please Don’t Be True; You and Me and the Space In Between; and Now I’ll Tell You Everything. For more information or to purchase The Alice Collection: High School and Beyond boxed set, click here.


Posted on: July 4, 2016


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