Books can open doors to inclusivity

Many of us who write books for children, recommend books for children, and teach children to read books have been wondering lately what more we can do to move the world forward to have more inclusivity, compassion, and empathy. We’ve been wondering if our efforts really make a difference. We may have been tempted to Read More …

Check out the Starbucks Upstanders series

Have you seen the new original series that Starbucks is putting out, called Upstanders? It’s really cool! According to their webpage: Upstanders is an original collection of short stories, films and podcasts sharing the experiences of Upstanders – ordinary people doing extraordinary things to create positive change in their communities. Produced by Howard Schultz and Read More …

An ALA Schneider Family Award for Emmanuel’s Dream

This is old news at this point, but I’ve been so busy that I’m just now FINALLY getting around to posting it here. So, just in case you’ve been too busy to keep up with the news in the children’s literature industry, Emmanuel’s Dream has won the Schneider Family Book Award from the American Library Read More …

Summer 2015 roundup

The days are (finally) getting cooler and damper here in the Pacific Northwest and most of the kids are back in school, so it seems like a good time to reflect on the summer. I typically don’t get to do much writing-related work over the summer, since the kids are home from school and the Read More …