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 […]

March 27

Reflections From My Reading Life by Lainie Levin

My reading teachers probably hated me.   It’s not that I was a struggling reader. Quite the opposite, in fact. I intuitively learned to read at age two and never looked back.   My reading life as an elementary school student, however, reveals a history of reading the wrong thing at the wrong time, or […]

March 26

You Have a Gift, Not a Label by Peter H. Reynolds

My book Happy Dreamer was originally called “Amazing, Delightful, Happy Dreamer.” And yes, the initials do spell ADHD. The first spark of an idea for the book came to me while I was attending a conference on learning differences at Harvard University. Successful CEOs were sharing their challenging learning journeys, and making it clear that […]

March 25

Ten Refugee Stories by Jenny Siebring deGroot

Reaching out in friendship to new arrivals is the best way to learn about the hopes and fears of individuals and families leaving or fleeing their homelands. However, picture books, especially ones based on true experiences, are a great way to engage children and adults as well.  Below are my ten best picks from among […]

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 […]