Category Archives: Author Posts

September 10

The Making of Dasher by Matt Tavares

My new book Dasher comes out today! To celebrate its release, I thought I’d share a little behind-the-scenes look at some of the work that went into making the book.   Every picture begins with a sketch. For this book, I did all the sketches digitally, mostly because at this part of the process I like […]

September 06

Failure If You Let It: A Tale of Extreme Revision by Laurel Snyder

This week, My Jasper June is finding its way into the hands of young readers for the first time. This makes me unbelievably happy for a lot of reasons. But among those reasons is a terrible truth—the fact that My Jasper June was a total and complete failure. An absolute disaster. Not THIS book, the book with the beautiful green […]

September 05

Fantasy in Foster Care: Facing Impossible Storms by Lindsay Lackey

My debut middle grade novel, All the Impossible Things, is about eleven-year-old Red, who has been in foster care for three years, and who accidentally causes tornadoes when she’s upset.   The heart of Red’s story is based firmly in reality. My youngest cousin was fostered and then adopted by my aunt and uncle nearly […]

September 03

A Silver Lining: How Being Deaf Informs My Work by Cece Bell

When I was a kid, I was too anxious to ask the librarian at our local library for a library card. I dreaded those kinds of interactions, the ones that meant I would have to lip-read an adult I didn’t know and maybe make an embarrassing mistake. So I would walk the four blocks to […]

September 03

Thank You, Sister Cabrini by Matt Forbeck

I went to Catholic school as a kid, and my grade school was run by the Brigidine Sisters, an order of nuns brought over from Ireland to my hometown in southern Wisconsin, by way of Texas. As a smart kid, I was often bored at Our Lady of the Assumption Grade School, and my idleness […]

August 31

Book Trailer Premiere: Bird Count by Susan Edwards Richmond

Hello Everyone! Birdwatching—or “birding” in the bird nerd world—is one of my greatest passions.  When I was growing up, there was always a pair of binoculars within reach to watch the parade of birds stopping by our backyard feeders. I memorized most of the Golden Guide to the Birds of North America when I was […]

August 30

History Is Personal by Brittany Luby

Encounter is a piece of historical fiction that follows the meeting of a French-speaking sailor and an Iroquoian-speaking fisher. It is based on the notes of Jacques Cartier, a 16th century navigator. I wish I could have read it as a child. When I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, Indigenous history was […]

August 28

Cover Reveal – The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows

I was widely considered to be a good child. Very good. Abnormally good. Grownups were always talking about it, mostly in reference to their own, less-good children. According to grownups, I was polite, mature, responsible, and sweet-tempered.  Actually, I was none of these things. I was just quiet, so they thought I was polite, mature, […]

August 27

Cover Reveal for Forever Glimmer Creek by Stacy Hackney

My family has a small cottage in the town of White Stone, Virginia. It’s located on the Rappahannock River in a beautiful area called the Northern Neck.  It’s a place with stunning sunsets, endless water, and the friendliest of neighbors. I go there as often as I can with my husband and sons.   One […]

August 26

Cover Reveal of The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

I wasn’t the only Black girl in my hometown, but growing up, I was used to being “the only one” in my class. And maybe one of less than a handful in the entire school. I spent time with other Black girls at church when I was young, but as they moved away or we […]