Author Archives: CBethM

November 13

Five Doors Into Memoir by Ralph Fletcher

Memoir continues to be an intensely popular genre. We love to peer into other people’s lives. We are fascinated by the heartbreaks and triumphs experiences by others. But writing memoir is challenging. It involves a great deal of craft: dealing with time, finding an authentic voice, conveying a sense of significance, and so forth. These […]

November 10

The Legacy of Todd Bol by Leigh Anne Eck

Game Changer!  Book Access for All Kids by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp has been released.  I know I cannot wait to read their ideas for providing book access to children, as I believe we all have a role in becoming a game changer. I recently learned the founder of The Little Free Library, Todd […]

November 07

Finding the Words by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr

I am Matthew. This is Robbi. We are married. We also make books together.     Before we had kids, I wrote books for adults.   Which meant there was no limit on the words I could use. Long words. Complex words. Words with silent letters and diabolical spellings. No matter, as long as they […]

November 05

Best Books for a Knee-Slapping, Side-Splitting, Spirit-Lifting Belly Laugh by Kate Hannigan

There’s nothing like the joy of snuggling in with a small friend and sharing a picture book. And it’s even better when the book is funny. Not just funny ha-ha, but funny HA-HA! A real knee-slapper. A side-splitter. An I-can’t-talk-right-now-because-I’m-laughing-too-hard kind of book.   They’re tricky to find. But when you do, O, the Hilarity! […]

November 03

An Unexpected Friendship by Kris Barr Paquette

Growing up an only child in the small town of Reading, Michigan left me with a lot of free afternoons to seek out my own fun.  We lived in the country near a lake. There weren’t a lot of kids within walking distance of my house, but if I ran down this giant hill towards […]

November 02


My novel Firegirl was published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in 2006. The story was narrated by seventh-grader Tom Bender, and it centered on the three weeks that a severely burned student named Jessica Feeney joined his class. A number of small incidents made up the drama, both in and out of school. […]

October 31

AT LAST I SEE THE (Reading) LIGHT – How My Fifth Grade Classroom Changed When I Became an Author by Jake Burt

My second novel, THE RIGHT HOOK OF DEVIN VELMA, is set to release on October 2. I’m certainly excited; we’ll be celebrating with a full-scale launch party at our local indie bookstore (shout-out to RJ Julia!), I’m heading out on book tour to promote it across the country, and I’m hosting a plethora of giveaways […]

October 25

May I Ask a Favor? Cover Reveal for Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

HELLO, NERDIES! This feels like a sweet reunion. I am honored and thrilled to return to Nerdy to reveal my cover of Shouting at the Rain, brilliantly designed by Maggie Edkins at Penguin. But I am also here to… If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent who knows any child who has enjoyed either […]

October 23

There Is Always Hope by Nicole Panteleakos

As a kid, I was weirdly obsessed with terrible things.   Natural disasters. Extreme weather. National tragedies.   I remember being six years old, standing at the back door, staring through the glass as Hurricane Bob tore through New England. I vividly recall being nine and taking notes during the footage of the Oklahoma City […]

October 17

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Book Review in Verse by Oona Marie Abrams

At the age of ten I was told by the principal: Oona, you are a poet.  So, I wrote poems from that day forward, through seven snowy midwestern winters and summers on the shores of Lake Michigan.   I went to the Writer’s Club in high school because I had a (painfully obvious) crush on […]