Oh, friends! It happened in the middle of the night. Around 3am. I couldn’t sleep and turned to my phone to read news headlines. I spent years as a reporter and one of your primary responsibilities is to read as much as possible as often as possible. And what can I say? Old habits die… Read more »Read More
Time to make your cardboard-YELLOW-SUBMARINE dreams come TRUE!
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
“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
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
How To TALK TO KIDS About Wednesday’s Domestic Terror Attack and Insurrection, and What it Means for the Future of America
In writing this headline, I chose my words VERY carefully. I wanted to make sure I found the most accurate words to describe what we all witnessed at our nation’s capital Wednesday. The FBI’s own definition of Domestic Terrorism most closely describes the violent scenes of radicalized extremists storming the capitol building in an attempt… 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
INSIDE SCOOP: Meet the Art Director behind Chowder Rules! Plus A Sneak Peek at the Illustrations!
When you buy a picture book, you might only notice the author and illustrator’s name. But when it comes to transforming a typed manuscript into a published book? That takes an entire team of talented people. The author works with the editor on direction, revisions, and anything else that has to do with the text…. Read more »Read More
INSIDE SCOOP: Vita Lane, a debut illustrator to watch!
Fine tune your radar screens, my friends. I have a debut illustrator that you should be watching closely and snap up our book! Vita Lane brings joy, texture, symbolic, and playful color palettes to her work. Our book, Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight presented an interesting challenge because it’s a true story… Read more »Read More