Category Archives: Author Posts

February 18

THINKING SMALL by Adriana Brad Schanen

“Thank you for writing what it’s like to be a person.” A slight, brown-haired boy came over to me and whispered those words, barely, after my Fall 2016 visit to Doyle School in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. He was shy, and vanished back into the crowd before I could get much else out of him. But […]

February 13

A Book’s Job by Barb Rosenstock

Your job is a teacher, mine is a writer. Or you’re a librarian and someone else is an illustrator. But what is a book’s job? When you’ve been working with children’s books for a while you can lose track. You start to believe that a book’s job is to sell a lot of copies or […]

February 09

Cover reveal for Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald

It’s the first day of school, circa 1968. My third grade classroom smells of Murphy’s oil soap and printer’s ink and chalk dust. Miss Sands is my new teacher. First order of business: Spellers are passed out. And math books. And geography texts. We’re given brown paper bags and safety scissors, and instructed to cover […]

February 08


Kindness has always been important. Most people want to be kind. Most parents hope their children will be kind. But kindness seems to be getting some extra attention these days, spurred on by current world events. As my latest book, Be Kind – released this week from Roaring Brook Press – came into being, I […]

February 07

Celebrating Wrinkle in Time with Writing by Léna Roy

A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books, and not just because my grandmother is the author. It has always been a source of comfort and a map of hope. While writing our grandmother’s biography, Becoming Madeleine, Charlotte and I wanted to share the narrative of how she became the woman who wrote […]

February 06

Why We Need Portal Stories by Kamilla Benko

The best summer of my life began with a lie—and I was the one who told it.   We were bored (“we” being a handful of neighborhood kids, between the ages of 5 and 10), and hanging out on my wooden deck. It was hot and humid, in that suffocating way only Midwestern summers can […]

February 03

Ten Picture Books about Observation and Perspective by Katey Howes

As a scientist, as a clinician, as an author, and as a parent, observation is one of my most important skills. The tools and perspective we use to observe the world shape our thinking – and in turn shape our actions. Hand a kid a kaleidoscope, binoculars, a magnifying glass – everything changes. A new […]

January 31

Cover Reveal: Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer

“Show, don’t tell.” It’s one of those bits of advice that’s been drilled into everyone who’s taken Creative Writing 101: the best writing demonstrates what a character is thinking, instead of telling the reader. I think it’s great advice. This time, though, maybe I’ve taken it a little too far? After writing three YA books […]

January 30

Lola Dutch is a little bit much. A cheerleader for the curious creative child by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

I smile to know that right now, somewhere, there is a child propped up in bed with a tottering stack of books beside them. And a knowing parent, librarian, shop owner, or teacher is probably assisting this obsession. There are also corners filled with art supplies, backyards full of “tunnels to China,” and muffin tins […]

January 27

WRITING REAL by Augusta Scattergood

I love answering young readers’ questions: “Which character are you, Glory or Jesslyn?” “Is your dog named Ginger Rogers?” “When you were our age, did you like to play baseball, tap dance, or swimming?”   Here’s a confession from me and other writers who answered my questions. Authors frequently take big and little personal recollections […]