Tag Archives: Shannon Hitchcock

February 22

Reaching the Kids Who Need Us Most by Shannon Hitchcock

Every book has a journey. ONE TRUE WAY’s journey began in 2014 at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention. I got up early to hear my editor, Andrea Pinkney, speak on a diversity panel. The librarian/moderator said what she really needed were more Middle Grade books that dealt with homosexuality. She went […]

July 28

Middle Grade Books Serve As Windows and Mirrors by Shannon Hitchcock

I first thought about Middle Grade books as windows and mirrors when listening to Grace Lin’s TED Talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” Grace says kids need to see themselves in books, like looking in a mirror. On the flip side, kids need to read about children whose lives don’t resemble theirs, […]

April 04

The Teacher Who Inspired RUBY LEE & ME by Shannon Hitchcock

Home is where the heart is, and mine is in North Carolina. My roots run deep, stretching from a hundred-acre farm to the graveyard where generations of my family are buried. Though my roots are in North Carolina, I now live in Florida. But every time I sit down to write, I become a Carolina […]