Author Archives: CBethM

October 06

Why Writing Novels Matters by Grant Faulkner

When I was a teenager, growing up in a small Iowa town, I was a reader, and I was a writer, but it never once occurred to me to write a novel. Novels were big things that other people wrote. Adults. People who lived in New York City. People who had gone to war or […]

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, […]

October 03

On Pizza Hats, Sleepovers, Pregnant Dog Farms, and Being a Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko

Best friends are such a huge part of growing up that they are almost mythical. Kids know that your bestie has your back, your bestie is there in a lonely moment, your bestie will come to your rescue. Kids who can’t point to one BFF might wonder why they aren’t one of the chosen ones, […]

October 02

Recommendations Without Walls by Heather Rader

Beginning my 22nd year in education after 13 years as a teacher-librarian and instructional coach, I am returning to the classroom this fall. In 2004 I walked out of my fifth-grade classroom carrying the last load of books as the tears fell. Somehow I knew it would be a long time until I returned to […]

October 01


I grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s as one of the handful of Indian-Americans in a small town in the Midwest. Each year when I was in elementary school, my aunt and uncle gave me the gift of a book of the month club membership to celebrate my birthday and several holidays like Raksha […]

September 30

The Power of Un-Leveled Books by Heather Zeissler

“Your books are too easy!” A frustrated first grader told me one spring afternoon, as she methodically looked through our classroom library for a new chapter book to bring home.  This outburst was unexpected, as this particular English Language Learner (ELL) student was still working on constant-vowel-constant words, along with the first 100 sight words. […]

September 29

More Everything by K.A. Holt

A student walked up to me last year, after I had finished a presentation at her school. I’d talked about my book, House Arrest, and how some of the events in the book were loosely based on things that had happened in my own life. The student took my hand, surprising me. “My brain is […]

September 28

Heartprint Books and Ba-Bump Moments: The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh – Review and Interview by JoEllen McCarthy

“There is this thing I do when I’m deciding about a book.  Waiting to see if I’ll connect with it.  If I’ll feel that bah-bump in my chest.  —-“ Bah- bump. Bah-bump.  You know that moment when you truly connect to something? Your heart starts racing.  Whether it’s a book or a poem or a […]

September 27

Cover Reveal of Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Dear reader,   If you’re reading my work for the first time, Welcome, and if you’re returning, welcome back. Those who fall into the latter may recognize the fictionalized version of Tuscarora Nation where Give Me Some Truth takes place, or “the Rez,” as most of us call it. In my community, you mostly exist […]

September 26

A More-or-Less-Seriously Unusual Interview with the Creators of FLASHLIGHT NIGHT

Kirkus Reviews gave it a star, calling it a “rousing read” with “delicious language and ingenious metamorphoses.”   School Library Journal says “the verse is incantatory…a simple idea that’s engagingly executed.”   Booklist uses words like “imaginative” and “fantastical” in their review, while the Horn Book describes it as “an old fashioned, rip-roaring imaginary adventure.” […]