Author Archives: CBethM

January 21

Coco, The First Rule of Punk, and Every Mexican (American) Story Out There by Anna Meriano

When I first heard that Disney had a Day of the Dead movie coming out just a few months before my book release, I admit I felt a twinge of anxiety. But my book is about Día de Muertos, I fretted, What if people think I copied? What if everyone is sick of Day of […]

January 20

Bubble Wrap by Mollee Holloman

Do you bubble wrap your books?   During Picture Book Month in 2015, the one and only Mr. Schu read Amy Dykeman’s  Wolfie the Bunny, to a class visiting my library via Google Hangout. At the end of our engaging choral reading, my students inquired about his interactions with Ivan the Gorilla. John was talking […]

January 13

Pushing Your Reading Boundaries by Kate Olson

Can you recommend a book to me? Please? But do so from a distance and with a shield in place!   I don’t read books about magic…….except Harry Potter and Exit West and Half Magic and….. I don’t read science fiction…….but I really want to read Dark Matter I do NOT want to read about […]

January 10

On Not Being a Reader by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Long ago and not so long, I drove over to have a look at the little village of Whiteleaf in the Chiltern Hills where I was born and lived until I was sixteen.  A huddle of cottages crouching under a majestic hill, surrounded by beechwoods, magical as all childhood places (or at least our memories […]

January 09

Collecting Stories, Creating Voices by Carole Boston Weatherford

I am a nerd. At age ten, with hopes of becoming a librarian, I organized my personal library—complete with homemade book pockets and circulation cards. If more proof of nerdiness is needed, I have over the years collected stamps, music, cans and tins, vintage apparel, fabric—I once designed clothes—nick knacks (African, Asian and grape motifs), […]

January 08

Be the Example by Sarah Krajewski

“Mommy, can we go have a picnic now? Mommy? Hello, Mommy!” I swear I wasn’t intentionally ignoring my daughter, but she caught me in the zone. You know exactly which “zone” I’m talking about: that place you go when a book is so enthralling that the rest of your world disappears. That’s where I was […]

January 06

Finding a Story: Choice Reading and Representation by McKinsey Crozier

I will give you $20 to put me out of my misery. The boy beside me looked away determinedly as the note hit my lap.   You know, I could use $20, I scribbled back. The monotone of an audiobook reader washed over us, and we passed the time with these sarcastic notes, attempting to […]

January 04

Retro Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You Is A Needed Ray of Sun by Brett Vogelsinger

After finishing a string of beautifully crafted but oh-so-heavy YA novels, the kind that have the word “devastating” in the book jacket blurb, I decided it was time for something lighter.  I browsed the “Light and Humorous” section of my classroom library, which is, I admit, a bit anemic, and came across came across Stephanie […]

December 25

The Lesson of the Rabbits Who Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

I want my children to learn so many things. I want them to study history, science, art and to become critical thinkers. But, I also want my kids to develop a strong emotional intelligence. All too often I realize that adults, myself included, struggle for what to do in difficult situations that involve emotions like […]

December 23

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Talking about the Things We Don’t Talk About Mental Health in YA Fiction by Kim Briggs

In ninth grade, I remember sitting in Madame Chambers French class. The seat to my left was empty and had been empty for three or four weeks. There were rumors that Lily tried to hurt herself, but I didn’t believe them because everyone liked Lily. The teachers, the students, the coaches, everyone, but here’s the […]