I feel incredibly fortunate. The stars aligned. I am reminded of the quote from one of my favorite books, The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Continue reading
Two years ago, when Carter was just four months old, I started collecting Christmas books to create a picture book advent calendar. Our collection has grown and changed over the past two years as I add new books and put some on hold for later years. I’ve made an effort to include books with children of color, classics, religious themes, and humor. Each year, I wrap and number the books and put them under our tree. This year’s collection includes: Continue reading
Five children’s books to inspire a spirit of action, resistance and solidarity against injustice. Because we need it. Continue reading
History class teaches kids that Native peoples are ancient history. These three beautiful books give us a fuller narrative. Continue reading
An inspiring portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton from her childhood through her tenure as the United States Secretary of State. This biography showcases the Democratic Presidential Nominee’s barrier-breaking accomplishments and touches on many challenges she faced along the way. Continue reading
I’m grateful for my rejection letters. They feel like proof that I’m on the right path.
It’s never too early to start teaching kids! An unapologetically progressive alphabet book and a hilarious book about farm animals will both inspire young activists to action! Continue reading
A special jar helps a young girl find new friends and adventures; a young boy prepares to climb a mountain; a young girl overcomes the embarrassment of the ugly vegetables her mom grows in their garden. You can find these books at your local library! Continue reading
The Case for Loving is the story of one family’s fight for the right to their interracial marriage. One Family is a counting book that celebrates many different types of family. Continue reading
On an impulse last spring, I purchased Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Much to Andy’s horror, I made us read a few pages every night after dinner. He made it seem like torture, but secretly, he loved it.
Around this time, I began taking The Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books, a writing class offered by The Children’s Book Academy (CBA). It was a fabulous course and I learned a ton about writing picture books. One of my favorite lessons was about editing for brevity – or, getting the word count down. Continue reading