Category Archives: Author Posts

September 24

Developing Digital Detectives by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins

Pop Quiz!  Which of the following was released to the public first? The first iPhone Facebook  The CRAAP Test  Youtube  The CARS Checklist If you guessed the uber popular information literacy protocol The CRAAP Test, you’re right! This checklist, which is still widely used by many educators across the country, as a go to tool […]

September 23

Heading Back to School with Healthy Friendship Tools by Laura Shovan and Jessica Speer

“Healthy friendships feel safe and accepting.” This sentence, from the introduction of the new guidebook BFF or NRF? (Not Really Friends): A Girl’s Guide to Happy Friendships (Familius), jumped out at me. “Yes!” was my first reaction. And then, “I wish someone had told me this when I was in middle school.” BFF or NRF? […]

September 21

Chess Puzzles for Fellow Nerds by Steve Sheinkin

I’ve gotten really into chess during the pandemic. Holed up alone in my office, I’ve spent every lunch break for the past eighteen months watching recaps of grandmaster tournaments on YouTube. I love the game, and I love that the international stars of the game make nerdiness look so cool. Meanwhile, between chess videos, I […]

September 18

Who needs books when you have a dead chicken? by Laurenne Sala

I don’t remember much before I was three. I have flashes of imagery from preschool. Tuna casserole. Co-ed bathrooms. Puzzles. Big Bird. I don’t remember my dad leaving, and I definitely don’t recall an empty feeling when it was just me and my mom, together in a two-story house intended for a big family. My […]

September 16

On the Road Again, with David and Mike

David LaRochelle: Several years ago, Mike Wohnoutka and I were commissioned to create an early literacy program for libraries here in Minnesota. It included reading one of our books, writing a story together with the kids, drawing, singing, dancing, and puppetry. We visited 59 libraries that year and spent manyhours together in the car, driving […]

September 15

Inspiring Future Space Travelers by James McGowan

Space is cool. You don’t need me to tell you that. (Unless you’re one of those people who experience “cosmic vertigo” and can’t think about space without getting woozy, in which case you might need me to tell you it’s cool, so we can move on and stop discussing space. In that case, space is […]

September 13

10 Best Books Starring Kangaroos by Margaret Robson Kett

It’s the animal holding up one side of the Australian coat-of-arms. Europeans who encountered First Nations people speaking Guugu-Yimidhirr language in what is now northern Queensland over two hundred years ago heard them describe this strange animal as ‘ganjurru’. The kangaroo is adorably quirky and seems purpose built for picture books about mother-child relationships. My […]

September 12

Fun Facts from a Paleontologist! by Dr. Dean Lomax

Dr. Dean Lomax shares some facts from his new pop-up book Prehistoric Pets. Did you know… 1. …that Velociraptor is more closely related to living birds than to dinosaurs like Triceratops? That’s because birds are dinosaurs! 2. …that Tyrannosaurus rex lived closer in geological time to humans than it did to Stegosaurus? 3. …that the […]

September 11


            I suppose I blame it all on PBS. It was, after all, the YouTube of my youth. It was also one of three television channels we were able to pick up on the massive black-and-white TV that graced our living room, circa 1963.             John Fitzgerald Kennedy was in the White House, and I […]

September 10

Honest, Human Characters by Kara Bietz

My elementary school was built in 1922. A sprawling, two-story brick structure with massive, leaded glass casement windows, marble floors and cavernous classrooms. The one thing Charles S. Ashley School lacked in the early 1980’s was a proper library. Instead, it was housed in the enormous auditorium, an afterthought. One long row of metal bookshelves […]