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October 29, 2019

‪I am not formally affiliated with the We Need Diverse Books Campaign in any way, but the reason it resonated with me from the beginning is the “We.” WE need diverse books. Not just Black children. Not just Latinx children. Not just immigrant children and children of immigrants or children who need physical or emotional support. All of us. We all do. 


As Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop said, books are mi...

September 17, 2019

Y’all, I feel like I might have finally learned how to game the system.

Cheat #1: The Little Human. It is a tiny story that asks a lot of big questions while we’re swimming around in our minds pretending to be mermaids. I did that on purpose. I think young people need and want to wrestle with big ideas. When I was a classroom teacher, getting to hear children’s big ideas (especially the ones hidd...

September 7, 2019

The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version) is a cautionary tale, as fairytales often were. They were meant to keep people, particularly children, from straying too far from the safety of home because who knows what might be lurking in the shadows.

The Little Human is a cautionary tale, too, but in a very different way than The Little Mermaid. I hope that readers will be asking questions the whol...

August 6, 2019

We went to the National Portrait Gallery last summer to see the portraits of the Obamas. Those were beautiful, but this is the one that struck me most at the time and the one that stuck with me, for obvious reasons. Her presence there, then, and now, elevates us all.

"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is th...

May 14, 2019

MLXLS

Why, you ask, am I readying legions of pre-cut paper dolls? For the Ruby Bridges Reading Festival at the National Civil Rights Museum this Saturday. I’ll be there signing copies of Jupiter Storm and giving away these beauties designed by Stephanie Parcus to the kids who seem most excited. Or shyest. Or most bookish. Or who ask the most questions. Or...

And—don’t quote me on this—there might...

April 9, 2019

Lagniappe: (n) a little something extra

Example--When the illustrator slips you bonus art. 


The mermaids are coming. 🧜🏾‍♀️ 

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November 21, 2018

It's easy to forget how much there is to be thankful for. A few years ago, if you had told me I'd be getting to spend so much of my time writing stories, I would not have believed you. But here it is, true as anything. And, after a rough year that has been full of changes and transitions, I'm more grateful than ever for the flexibility a life spent writing stories gives me to spend time with my...

September 12, 2018

Happy End of Summer! Or winter if you’re in Australia. ;-) My not-so-little-ones have started school and I finally have a few minutes to think about our excitement for this summer. I think travel is good for the soul, so I do my best to make sure that we can spend some time traveling in the summer. We usually alternate between spending time with friends, family, and framily and visiting new plac...

April 24, 2018

Accelerated Reader is a way of tracking books students have read. Some schools use Accelerated Reader and its reading comprehension quizzes as part of their Reading programs or Reading Incentive programs, so even though I’ve never used Accelerated Reader in my classroom, it’s a really important part of a lot of other school classrooms. That’s why I was so excited when a mom emailed me to let me...

April 17, 2018

I realize that I hold back a lot. Not out of an attempt to be secretive or keep things to myself. It’s more out of a sense of setting extremely high standards for myself. That part is no secret. I’m really hard on myself, and I think I should be. So many of the stories I read when I was young REALLY stuck with me. They’re still with me more than 30 years later.  I think about that all the time w...

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