Category Archives: Author Posts

October 09

Let’s Indigenize Our Bookshelves & Fully Welcome Native Kids As Readers by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Abracadabra! I sought out how-to books about card tricks, guidebooks to seashells, and page-turning mysteries. Shortly after second grade, I’d begun perusing the Newbery Award shelf and won the summer reading contest at my local library in Grandview, Missouri.   It was my parents who, each in their own way, first introduced me to books. […]

October 08

A Big Helping of Poetry by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

How can we serve up poetry in a fresh new way? This is the question we ask ourselves each time we start a project. In our early books in The Poetry Friday Anthology series, we provided a “Take 5” approach that emphasized participatory readings and skill connections; in the Poetry Friday Power Book series, we […]

October 05

COVER REVEAL: The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asked that very famously centuries ago in a play you might be familiar with. I always took umbrage at that question. You see, in many cultures, including mine, names have power, meaning, and functions beyond the obvious. The earliest version of The Candle and the Flame wound itself around Shakespeare’s […]

October 04

Cover Reveal: YORK: THE CLOCKWORK GHOST by Laura Ruby

It’s been eighteen months since I wrote this post about York: The Shadow Cipher—the first volume in my middle grade alternate history adventure—and my cancer diagnosis.  A lot has happened since then. I’ve gone through chemo, surgery and radiation. I lost my hair, grew a bunch back, and dyed it purple and blue. I got my nose pierced.  […]

October 03

THE RECKLESS CLUB / When adults are the bullies by Beth Vrabel

When my dad was eight years old, his greatest ambition was for his teacher, Miss Hagley*, to ignore him. “She just didn’t like me,” he says now, nearly 60 years later. “I don’t know why, but she just didn’t like me.”   “I can picture her now, walking toward me.” His shoulders hunch at the […]

October 02


There’s a special kind of anxiety that grips you when see your child’s school on Caller ID. You can generally assume a teacher isn’t calling to say, “Your kid did nothing objectionable today—keep up the good work!” So when I answered the call from my daughter’s second grade teacher, I braced myself—correctly—for some unhappiness on […]

October 01

How Can Two Authors Make One Story? A BACK and FORTH between Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

Reichs: Hello, Ally! I’m excited that the amazing Nerdy Book Club is willing to let us chat in their forum about our new middle-grade scare factory, The Darkdeep. I’m going to dive right in with both feet, because I love it when we get this question, mainly because of how incredibly hard we worked at […]

September 28

Book Chat with the Illustrator: Oge Mora

Book Chat with the Illustrator: Oge Mora from LB School on Vimeo.   Oge Mora is a painter residing in Providence, RI. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration. She’s a fan of all things colorful, patterned, or collaged, and she […]

September 27

COVER REVEAL: On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott

Ceylan Scott, author of On a Scale of One to Ten   When I decided that I wanted to write a book, I was sixteen. I had recently been admitted to a psychiatric ward and overwhelmed with too much time to fill and too many things to say bubbling in my head. I was frustrated […]

September 26

The Chicken or the Egg? by Jonathan Auxier

What came first, the chicken or the egg?   It’s an old question — and a cliche. And yet, sometimes cliches have a way of shedding light on our unique circumstances. This week, I have a new book out in the world. Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster, set in the world of […]