March 23

Please Don’t Talk About Your Book by Barbara Dee

“Barbara? Can I please speak to you a minute? In private?” Teacher X was beckoning me to the back of the auditorium. It was the end of the break after my second author talk. I had already spoken to 120 sixth graders. Three sessions (and 180 more kids) to go. A few months before, I’d […]

March 22

EVERYTHING COUNTS by SHELLEY JOHANNES

  ABOUT THE BOOK: Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book in an illustrated chapter book series about a third grader who does her best thinking upside down. It publishes from Disney-Hyperion on Septempter 19th, and is currently available for pre-order.    SHELLEY JOHANNES is an author/illustrator who spent ten years in architecture—where […]

March 21

Art and Risk by Dev Petty

In June of this year, I have a book coming out and I have NO idea what’s going to happen.   I’m newish at this author stuff, but I hear from a great many sources that a writer never really knows what’s going to happen with a book release- whether people will like the book, […]

March 20

The Incredible Birth of Tyrel by S.J. Dahlstrom

“Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realize the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors. We realize it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world.” – C.S. Lewis The most […]

Creature Comforts and A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

I was seven years old when my heart was broken for the first time, by a girl named Nona who didn’t want to be my friend anymore because I was “weird.” It was my cat Sabrina who absorbed my tears in her thick black pelt, who purred and licked and butted me with her head […]

March 18

When Our Reading Lives Help Us Understand Our Life Situations by Megan Overman

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” –Mason Cooley   Everyone knows that books can provide us with fantastic worlds full of magic, characters with powers we can only dream of, and lives that we wished we lived.  Although books can provide us with a much-needed escape, what […]

March 17

What I Hope Kids Will See When They Read Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros

When I was a kid I loved science (and still do). I was especially fascinated by space, stars, astronauts, (I wanted to go to space camp soooo bad) curing diseases, and the human body, but I had an image in my head of what a scientist looked like (white old guy wearing a lab coat) […]

March 16

PICTURE BOOK TRAILER PREMIERE & THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY by Carol Gordon Ekster

Maybe it sounds crazy, but I do some of my best writing on planes. Perhaps it’s the tight space or the lack of distraction….but I find focus in the cramp quarters. Usually, I use flight time to revise….work on each sentence to tighten, refine, improve. But in August of 2014, my grandson was born. We […]

March 14

The Help that Finds Us by Jack Cheng

  At the beginning of See You in the Cosmos, my eleven-year-old protagonist, Alex, sets off for a rocket festival in the New Mexico desert accompanied only by his dog. What he doesn’t know yet is that his quest to launch his iPod into space will turn into a sprawling journey across the American Southwest—a […]

March 13

5 Reasons I Love My Middle Grade Book Club by Sandy Deyoe

They help me find great stuff. You wouldn’t think I’d need to find more — I work in a public library — but there is SO much out there, and our lives are busy with other distractions like working, doing laundry, taking care of family members, watching Netflix.  I never know what we’re going to […]