Tag Archives: Kara LaReau

July 14


Ten years ago this July, almost to the day, I was just finishing my final radiation treatment. I’d been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in January of 2010, and had undergone two surgeries that February. In August, I was to begin chemotherapy, which would last until October. 2010 was a heck of a […]

April 21

Bringing Harold Home: The Transformative Magic of Reading Aloud by Kara LaReau

In elementary school, during our weekly visit to the library, our librarian, Mrs. Vaughan, would read to us. (Yes, I still remember her name, even after forty-four years.) The first book I heard and saw her read was Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. I remember this because the experience changed me, and […]

January 25

Uncanny Expressions: The Importance of Creative Journaling by Kara LaReau

Last week marked the publication of The Uncanny Express, the second in my middle grade series, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters. I’ve done a bit (okay, more than a bit!) of promotion since then, and I’ve talked a lot about the story — today, I’d like to talk about my writing process, and […]

August 09

The Boy Who Was Raised by Books by Kara LaReau

From the moment my husband and I saw the ultrasound three and a half years ago, we knew I was carrying a boy — and that we were carrying a great responsibility. It’s been our goal as parents to raise a “good kid,” just like everyone else — but we also hope we can give our son […]