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February 11

Twofers: Top Ten Titles about Twins for Teens and Tweens by Maggie Bokelman

Twins—especially identical twins—have a certain mystique about them. In her book Two, or the Book of Twins & Doubles, children’s author Penelope Farmer, a twin herself, argues that our society’s fascination with twins reflects deeply rooted yet conflicting desires.  On the one hand, we yearn to be unique and special, and the existence of identical […]

May 06

“E” is for “Entertaining” and “Educational”: Ten Picture Book Biographies Tweens, Teens, and Teachers Will Love! by Maggie Bokelman

Even though the “E” on a picture book spine stands for “Everybody,” sometimes it’s mistaken for “Easy.” That’s unfortunate, because many picture books are complex and thought-provoking. In their 2009 book, Teaching Literary Elements with Picture Books, Susan Van Zile and Mary Napoli write, “A majority of current picture books are particularly geared for adolescents.” […]

OLDIES BUT GOODIES: TEN GREAT OLD BOOKS FOR TWEENS AND TEENS By Teri S. Lesesne

It pains me sometimes, but the music that colored my adolescent experience is now played on the Oldies but Goodies stations on the radio. It still does not deter me, though, from singing along at the top of my lungs much to the dismay of anyone else in the car.  I love revisiting old songs; […]

October 04

What You Need to Collaborate by Amy Fellner Dominy and Nate Evans

You’ve probably heard of authors collaborating on novels. Each author writes a chapter, and back and forth they go. But what happens when two authors cook up a picture book together? It’s not as if we’re writing an epic. It’s 330 words. How does that work?   As it turns out, it takes respect, open-mindedness, […]

June 28

Cover Reveal for BAT AND THE WAITING GAME by Elana K. Arnold

I wrote A BOY CALLED BAT for the same reason I write all my books: because I felt compelled to. He came to me one night as I was driving: a boy with autism, whose initials spell “Bat,” who loves animals and vanilla yogurt. I felt Bat as clearly as I felt my own babies […]

June 02

Cover Reveal of In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

“Daubigny’s Garden.” I say this aloud to Dr. Alvarez — Daubigny’s Garden – for no other reason than it’s there. Or maybe I say it because it’s art, and sometimes that’s all there is. Dr. Alvarez turns to where its blue-roofed house rises into yellow and blue clouds. “So that’s what it’s called?” “Yes. But […]

May 30

Books Really Do Open Doors to the World by Lisa Schroeder

When I was growing up, we didn’t travel much. We went camping sometimes, when I was young and my parents were still married. After they divorced, though, most of my vacations were spent at my grandparents’ farm. It was a wonderful place, and I was happy to be there, but I also wondered about the […]

April 08

Donating Character-Developing, Idea-Generating, World-Building Books: The Beginning by Rhonda McCormack

In the mid-1970s, my older sister convinced my parents to buy me a monthly subscription to the Dr. Seuss Beginning Reader club. When a book arrived, we’d crack the spine and turn the pages, lingering over the rhymes, humor, and art. As the 70s gave way to the 80s, my sister invited me to read […]

March 28

Can A Place in the Heart Find a Place on the Shelves? by Joanne O’Sullivan

Like every aspiring fiction writer, I spent a lot of time reading advice articles as I sought to break into the field. I compulsively read the Publishers Weekly rights report to find out what was selling. I absorbed and extrapolated from articles on trends in children’s lit. “Go to a bookstore and see what they […]

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 […]