Upcoming appearance: Nonfiction Writing Workshop for Tweens

I’m busy doing lots of pri­vate talks and appear­ances at schools and con­fer­ences this spring, but here’s one that is open to the pub­lic (espe­cial­ly tweens)! On April 20, I’ll be pre­sent­ing a work­shop on non­fic­tion writ­ing for tweens (ages 8–12) in Both­ell, WA. Here’s the descrip­tion: Where do you find ideas and how do you decide what to write

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Emmanuel’s Dream as an all-school read

Last year, Emmanuel’s Dream made its way to Cum­ber­land Road Ele­men­tary in Fish­ers, Indi­ana, as their all-school read, a book select­ed to be incor­po­rat­ed across the cur­ricu­lum in all grade lev­els. The school describes itself as “a school com­mit­ted to inclu­siv­i­ty and glob­al con­nect­ed­ness,” and they thought Emmanuel’s true sto­ry would be a good fit. Stu­dents and teach­ers read the book. I did vir­tu­al vis­its via

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More good news for Emmanuel’s Dream!

Great news: Emmanuel’s Dream has been select­ed to the 2017 IBBY Out­stand­ing Books for Young Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties! Every two years, the Inter­na­tion­al Board on Books for Young Peo­ple (IBBY) choos­es out­stand­ing books for and about chil­dren and young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. This bien­ni­al selec­tion draws atten­tion to books pub­lished around the world, in an exten­sive vari­ety of lan­guages and formats,

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Two Truths and a Lie cover

Great news for TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE!

I’m thrilled to be able to share that the first book in the TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE series, IT’S ALIVE!, has been cho­sen by the Junior Library Guild as a Fall 2017 selec­tion for the Ele­men­tary Non­fic­tion cat­e­go­ry (for grades 2–6). This is very excit­ing news, because it means the book will be head­ing to libraries across the coun­try for kids to check

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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 pages ISBN: 978–159714–368–4 Price: $18.00 The book

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MLK Quote

In honor of MLK Day

In hon­or of Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Day, here is one of my favorite quotes of his: Please com­mu­ni­cate. Talk and lis­ten. Read and write. Think and feel. Which leads us to anoth­er great MLK quote: Nev­er stop learn­ing, folks.

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FREE author visits!

Did you know I am cur­rent­ly offer­ing free 10-minute vir­tu­al Q&A ses­sion via Skype, Google Hang­outs, Face­Time, etc. to any­one who is using one of my books in a class­room, library, or youth group? To book an online vis­it today, please vis­it Longer vir­tu­al pre­sen­ta­tions are also avail­able, at a rate of $150 for up to an hour. For

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Celebrate Inclusive Schools Week!

Schools across the coun­try are observ­ing Inclu­sive Schools Week this week. Accord­ing to the Inclu­sive Schools Net­work: Inclu­sive Schools Week is an annu­al event spon­sored by the Inclu­sive Schools Net­work (ISN) and Stet­son & Asso­ciates, Inc., which is held each year dur­ing the first full week in Decem­ber. Since its incep­tion in 2001, Inclu­sive Schools Week has cel­e­brat­ed the progress that schools

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Be a Changemaker update: StudentRND

I thought some of you might be inter­est­ed in read­ing an update from one of the co-founders of Stu­den­tRND, which was one of the orga­ni­za­tions pro­filed in Be a Change­mak­er: How to Start Some­thing that Mat­ters. Stu­den­tRND is now the force behind Code­Day, which is “a nation­wide event where stu­dent pro­gram­mers, artists, musi­cians, actors, and every­one else can get together

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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 pull back, to retreat, to

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