School Visits & Student Feedback

  Last month, I went home to Los Angeles where I did some free school visits to practice my author presentations, and to prove to myself that I would not become a big ball of nerves and die when faced… Read More >

World Read Aloud Day 2022

World Read Aloud Day is coming up on February 2, 2022! For the first time ever, I am joining millions of book lovers around the globe as we celebrate the power of reading aloud with World Read Aloud Day, held… Read More >

Picture Books about Infrastructure

We tend not to think about things like bridges and roads, or water treatment, and sanitation facilities unless something goes wrong, but cities can’t function without them. Healthy infrastructure means healthy citizens! To celebrate the passing of the infrastructure bill,… Read More >

Watch THE GREAT STINK Virtual Launch Party

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Independent Bookstore Day Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s Independent Bookstore Day and and I’m celebrating by giving away a $25 gift card to one winner’s favorite bookstore. Here’s how it works: Retweet this tweet and tag the independent bookstore where you plan to buy THE GREAT STINK.… Read More >

Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival Handouts

The 2021 Virtual Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is happening this week, April 12-16, 2021. If you watched either of my sessions and are looking for additional information on breaking into publishing after age 50 or STEAM-ing up kidlit,… Read More >

Hands-on STEM/STEAM Activities to Pair with The Great Stink

MAP THE ROOM As a young engineer working for the city of London, one of Joseph Bazalgette’s first jobs was to map the city’s existing sewers. For this activity, have students use tape, blocks, toilet paper rolls, and other materials… Read More >

Children’s Books that Connect the Past to the Present with Back Matter

Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, written by Keila V. Dawson and illustrated by Alleanna Harris, discusses recent acts of violence against Black motorists in the back matter.   Evelyn the Adventurous Entomologist: The True Story… Read More >