Review: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Yesterday, January 30th, was Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. I didn’t know much about Fred Korematsu’s story before reading this brand new book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, written by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, and illustrated by Yutaka Houlette. I’m so thankful, now, that I do. Heyday Books Middle-grade Hardcover, 112 Read More …

Fan mail: a teacher email about Be a Changemaker

I recently received this email from a middle-school teacher: I wanted to let you know that one of my students has taken your book to heart.  He’s been carrying it with him for six weeks, and he is in the process of trying to start a nature club at school.  He is a super hard Read More …

Why write Be a Changemaker for teens?

To celebrate the United Nations’ International Youth Day, I wrote a guest blog for the Beyond Words blog explaining why I wrote Be a Changemaker specifically for young readers. Here’s an excerpt: We know that young people have always been at the forefront of societal change. Adolescence is a time when people begin to question Read More …