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November 18, 2019

Going to a major conference like NCTE to talk about books with librarians and educators has always been a bucket list item for me, and I'm really excited to be going to Baltimore this year. If you're going, too, then come to my panels! I'll be talking about the role of...

September 26, 2019

Oh my gosh! Where did September go? It was here, and now it’s almost gone. And I’ve had a busy month, planning the Canadian KidLit Gala (now in its second year—and better than ever!) and appearing at Word On the Street (post to come!).

But fear not! If you mis...

September 13, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and why I love them. This week, we have an extra-special post! The amazing, talented, and generous Debbie Ohi agreed to let me interview her about the cover of her pict...

July 16, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and break down what makes them work. This week, we're doing something special: Mia Wenjen, co-founder of Multicultural Children's Book Day and blogger about diverse chi...

July 11, 2019

Once upon a time, before I had this website, I had a blog on blogger. I haven’t updated it since I started blogging here, but there’s a lot of good stuff on it, and rather than migrate the whole thing over here, I thought I’d identify the best posts and pull them throu...

July 8, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my mostly weekly blog series in which I talk about book covers I love and why I love them. This week, we're looking at the cover of LOLA SHAPES THE SKY, written by Wendy Greenley, illustrated by Paolo Domeniconi and designed by Rita Marshal...

July 7, 2019

Small World came out earlier this week, and whew! What a week!

So many people said such lovely things on Facebook and twitter and Instagram and in their blogs, and I am so grateful for all those kind words! And I'm so glad that Small World is finding its way into people...

May 18, 2019

Being an author involves so much more than just writing books. There's organizing book tours (which are happening, by the way! Stay tuned for details!), and designing swag, and checking your Amazon rankings incessantly*, and writing blog posts like this one, and checki...

May 13, 2019

This is Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly blog series about book covers that work, and why.

Today we’re looking at the cover of COWHIDE-AND-SEEK, written by Sheri Dillard, illustrated by Jess Pauwels, and designed by Frances J. Soo Ping Chow. This cover is so cute an...

April 11, 2019

Welcome to Cover Collection, my (mostly) weekly series about book covers that I love, and why I love them. Since I missed last week because my planned blog posts got derailed by my NCTE news (YAAAAY NCTE!), I'm going to post TWO cover posts this week! And since April i...

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