A Starred Review for Emmanuel’s Dream!

Emmanuel’s Dream received its first starred review, and it’s from School Library Journal! They called the book, “a triumph.” And they also said, “This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds.” and “This uplifting account will resonate with readers and supplement global and cultural studies.” You can Read More …

Review: THE SCRAPS BOOK by Lois Ehlert

THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert published by Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, March 2014 72 pages There have been several picture-book autobiographies of children’s book authors and illustrators over the past few years. Sadly, most have left me feeling just a little underwhelmed. While I personally Read More …

First reviews for BE A CHANGEMAKER

I’ve had great feedback from friends all along (you know who you are–thank you!), but I’ve been anxiously awaiting that first third-party judgement of BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS. The first professional reviews feel huge to me, kind of “make or break” moments, where the tone gets set for all that Read More …

Cycles, balance, and making plans

[Note: This was originally published on Emu’s Debuts, but it seemed to resonate with people, so I decided to reblog it here in case you missed it. Sorry if you’re seeing it twice!] Lately, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the idea of cycles in our lives. Cycles in nature—life cycles, the water cycle, seasons, etc.—keep Read More …

STEM Friday review: WHY IS MILK WHITE?

WHY IS MILK WHITE? & 200 OTHER CURIOUS CHEMISTRY QUESTIONS by Alexa Coelho & Simon Quellen Field Chicago Review Press January 1, 2013 288 pages Did you (or any children in your life) ever wonder how soap works, why onions make you cry, or how bad it is for you to breathe in hairspray? 11-year-old Read More …