Category Archives: Author Posts

March 22


  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, […]

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 17

What I Hope Kids Will See When They Read Charlotte the Scientist Is Squished by Camille Andros

When I was a kid I loved science (and still do). I was especially fascinated by space, stars, astronauts, (I wanted to go to space camp soooo bad) curing diseases, and the human body, but I had an image in my head of what a scientist looked like (white old guy wearing a lab coat) […]

March 16


Maybe it sounds crazy, but I do some of my best writing on planes. Perhaps it’s the tight space or the lack of distraction….but I find focus in the cramp quarters. Usually, I use flight time to revise….work on each sentence to tighten, refine, improve. But in August of 2014, my grandson was born. We […]

March 14

The Help that Finds Us by Jack Cheng

  At the beginning of See You in the Cosmos, my eleven-year-old protagonist, Alex, sets off for a rocket festival in the New Mexico desert accompanied only by his dog. What he doesn’t know yet is that his quest to launch his iPod into space will turn into a sprawling journey across the American Southwest—a […]

March 08

Butterfly Moments Are All Around—Let’s Go Catch Some by Beth Ain

Every time my children sit down to write something, they freeze.   “I don’t know what to write.” It is a mantra they repeat as when I open the refrigerator and say “I don’t know what to make for dinner.”   “What did you do in school today?” I might ask, willing a dinner idea […]

March 07

A Look at Expository Literature by Melissa Stewart

Let’s start with a quick activity. Make a list of five nonfiction children’s books you love. Place an N next to the books with a narrative writing style. These books tell a true story. Place an E next to the books with an expository writing style. These titles inform, describe, or explain. Look at your […]

March 05

Magick, Science, and Why It Matters by Mary Losure

I began writing Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d when I learned that as a boy, Isaac Newton kept a tiny, secret notebook. In it, he wrote down snippets from two books he’d borrowed from an apothecary: Mathematicall Magick and The Mysteries of Nature and Art.  I hoped the story of a magic-seeking […]

March 03


  Some days I’m a black man marching in the 1960’s in a hostile town in the South.  Other days I’m a boy living on a reservation, trying to get a decent education at the “white” school despite myriad obstacles placed in my path.  Still other days, I’m a girl growing up in Iran during […]