Author Archives: CBethM

August 03

New Resources for Teaching Nonfiction by Melissa Stewart

In July, I was lucky enough to attend nErDcampMI for the very first time. And all I can say is WowOhWowOhWowOhWow! I met so many dedicated educators and had so many great conversations that sometimes it felt like my brain was about to explode—in a good way. I’d been connected with many of these folks […]

August 02

Cover Reveal for THE FRIENDSHIP WAR by Andrew Clements

August 2, 2018 West Baldwin, Maine   Dear Fellow Book People—   Many years ago I worked in an old textiles mill that was soon to be remodeled into apartments, and my company was the last to leave the building. One day as I looked through some junk left in a hallway, I found a […]

August 01


I grew up in Pakistan, where books were scarce. My mother would drop me and my two younger sisters at the British Council library and leave on errands. We’d roam the halls all afternoon, from the colorful children’s section to the quiet and somber reference area, and back again. I remember dozing off on a […]

July 31

A Splendid and Stunning Read: A Seed Is the Start by Melissa Stewart Review by Jennifer Sniadecki

I’ve been spending my summer getting back to nature as much as possible. While I love exploring my local vacation destinations, I also wonder about nature in other parts of the world. Melissa Stewart has given me a peek into plant life from all over the globe in her new book, A Seed is the […]

July 30

I was that kid. I still write for that kid. by Kevin Sylvester

I just returned from NerdCampMI and heard Dav Pilkey (and many others) talking about “finding the right books for the right kid” and also “any reading is reading”.   Dav talked about his own experience of being told he wasn’t reading the right kind of books – usually comics or silly stories.   And I […]

July 28

The Great Graphic Novel Experiment by Sarah FitzHenry

I hear it often: “Kids won’t read real books anymore.” Two or three times a week, a parent— such a powerful voice in the reading life of a child— will come to my school library and roll their eyes while they ask me how to get their child to “put down the comics.” Often, the […]

July 26

Weaving with Words by Lisa Graff (A Cover Reveal for Far Away)

One of my earliest memories is of waking up on Christmas morning, only to discover that my beloved Cozy Coupe toddler car had been stolen right off our porch. I was devastated, but when mother told me that the person who took it probably didn’t have money for their own child’s Christmas present, it eased […]

July 24

Finding Inspiration by Jo Hackl

Growing up in a ghost town is the perfect childhood for a writer.  When I was eleven, our family moved to Electric Mills, Mississippi.  The town was one of our country’s first electric lumber mills and once had been called the “brightest town South of St. Louis.” By the time our family moved there though, […]

July 23

Read It Again…and Again by Candice Watkins

What is your favorite movie or tv show?  Do you know whole chunks of dialogue by heart? Do you own it in multiple formats or have the ability to stream it on a medley of devices?     Now, could you imagine someone having the audacity to tell you one single viewing of your favorite […]

July 22

WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES Content Reveal + Cheryl and Wade Hudson Interview Author Tony Medina

When we asked you to contribute to WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES, did you toss around different ideas for your story, or did you always have in mind that you would write a piece about immigration?   When you asked me to contribute to We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, […]