More good news from Brooks Global and Emmanuel’s Dream

Sev­er­al weeks ago I wrote about a school in North Car­oli­na, Brooks Glob­al Stud­ies, which had select­ed Emmanuel’s Dream as their all-school read and then had Emmanuel come vis­it them in per­son! (If you haven’t seen it yet, please go check out the video. It’s pret­ty amaz­ing!) Recent­ly, I came across this addi­tion­al piece of the sto­ry, which I had­n’t

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TWO new books for Deborah Hopkinson!

Today we have a dou­ble delight­ful post, a guest post cel­e­brat­ing not one but TWO new books for Deb­o­rah Hop­kin­son! First, A Let­ter to My Teacher Schwartz & Wade (April 4, 2017) “A valu­able les­son in empa­thy, inter­nal­ized and paid for­ward.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Hopkinson’s mov­ing epis­to­lary text and Carpenter’s emo­tion­al­ly inci­sive flash­backs chron­i­cle the evolv­ing rela­tion­ship between an impulsive

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Young People Changing the World at We Day Seattle 2017

I did­n’t get to attend this year’s We Day Seat­tle 2017 event on April 21, but it looks like it was incred­i­ble, as usu­al! The event was co-found­ed by change­mak­er Craig Kiel­burg­er, who is pro­filed in Be a Change­mak­er: How to Start Some­thing that Mat­ters, and it is all about young peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice. Despite the star-stud­d­ed line­up, you

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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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