Want a summer project that’s steeped in books and crafts? One that creates memories of a lifetime for your own kiddos, your students, or the tiniest library patrons… I have got you SO covered! In celebrating Summer Reading’s 2022 theme of Oceans of Possibilities, I’m giving the step-by-step on how to make the world’s most… Read more »Read More
Why You Need Your Own Personal Ocean (and How to Get one!)
What is it about the ocean that brings calm, inspires us to dream, oh… and is filled with so many stories and so much science to keep our brains well fed? This summer librarians across the country are celebrating all things oceans with a cool summer reading theme: Ocean of Possibilities. I am so here… Read more »Read More
“Courage Like Kate” Cover Reveal! (Plus How This Cover Came to Be)
Today’s the day! Illustrator Emily Sutton and I are excited to reveal the cover of our next book! Look at that gorgeous cover. It’s so beautiful and perfectly highlights what’s inside– the courageous tale of an 1800’s woman who began keeping the light and saving lives at age twelve. Ready for the inside scoop on how this… Read more »Read More
Come Closer… because it’s GIVEAWAY TIME!
The weather may be cooler and Halloween behind us… but who says we have to give up on free treats? Not me! I received an exciting shipment of author copies of the audiobook and hardcover versions of Black Hole Chasers… and I’m in a mood to give three sets away. Soon you could be curling… Read more »Read More
Read like Elon! The Books Behind the Brain
Want to know what someone is thinking and how their thought process took shape? No quicker way to solve that mystery than to find out which books they read. When I researched Elon’s life for my book Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World, I also looked into what he reads, which books influenced… Read more »Read More
Classroom Set GIVEAWAY!
Hello, Educators, Teachers, and Librarians! Welcome to my blog and I’m so excited to tell you about a super fun giveaway! If you want to a book that is full of edge-of-your-seat action, that serves up U.S. History like a bowl of delicious ice cream, and is beautifully illustrated… but most of all… inspires your… Read more »Read More
Sneak Peek! An Early Look at One Girl’s Remarkable Heroism
Want inspiration? Meet Kate Moore. She lived in the 1800’s and when her father was no longer physically able to do his job, Kate took over—-and became a lighthouse keeper—at age 12! She would go on to save twenty three lives. I’ve been researching her life for the last seven years. I mean digging through… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID Summer Learning: Jump the Broom!
Hello, Friends! We are deep into our Black History Awakening Mural… and it’s so so good! And today we’ve got a great book and a fun craft that is bringing our mural to life! If you are just joining us, welcome. We are in the midst of an amazing summer learning project. My family… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID Summer Learning: Our Black History Awakening Mural (The Frederick Douglass Edition)
Hello, Friends! We are in the midst of an incredible summer learning project: a Black History Awakening mural. If you missed my first post on how to get started, check it out here! This July 4th, NPR released a reading of Frederick Douglass’ powerful Independence Day speech read by his descendants. It took my breath away…. Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: Our Black History Awakening (and how you and your family can have one, too!)
Friends, I’ve got to be honest. I made a discovery over the last few weeks that was a record-rip STOP EVERYTHING moment. In the midst of having lots of candid conversation with my kids about race, racism, Black Lives Matter, white privilege, and more . . . I uncovered a gap that needed to be… Read more »Read More