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

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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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