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2013 Middle Grade Black Boys: Seriously, People?


So I’m in the office talking with my colleagues about A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk and how awesome it is. Then the topic shifts to books with African-American protagonists published in 2013 for kids between the ages of 9-12.  You know.  Middle grade fiction.  And in the midst of my lamenting how few […]

Here’s to You, Mrs. Berenson


A treat for you today. Yesterday I had the very great pleasure of sitting down with author Dr. Chitra Divakaruni, illustrator Susy Pilgrim Waters, and their editor Neal Porter.  You may be aware of the remarkable collaboration these clever folks have concocted.  The book is called Grandma’s Great Gourd and it’s a Bengali folktale of […]

Press Release Fun: Hip Tot Music Fest


What does this have to do with children’s literature? Oh ye of little faith. Read on everything shall be revealed to you.  It’s right there in the fourth paragraph, bright and shiny and new.  I’m so pleased and proud.  Many many thanks to Melanie for inviting me in the first place. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLAID […]

Review of the Day: Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo by Nancy Bo Flood


Cowboy Up!: Ride the Navajo Rodeo By Nancy Bo Flood Photography by Jan Sonnenmair Wordsong (an imprint of Highlights) $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-893-6 Ages 8-12 On shelves now Sometimes I think half my job simply consists of making lists. Not that I’m complaining. I love lists. I love making them, and checking them, and adding to […]

Press Release Fun: The 19th Annual Children’s Book Art Auction

The 19th Annual Children’s Book Art Auction has been a highlight of children’s programming at BookExpo America and raises funds in support of the free speech rights of young readers. This event offers a unique opportunity to buy beautiful, original art in children’s literature from leading, award-winning artists and illustrators of children’s books and a chance to socialize with friends from around the […]

Fusenews: Truncated Edition


My little sister Kate (who has taken it upon herself to become the best friend a picture book author ever had) created this little video of my recent appearance at the Bookbug bookstore in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I’ll be doing a proper write-up of that day (two words: smoke machine) but for now here’s a taste […]

Review of the Day: A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk


A Girl Called Problem By Katie Quirk Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $8.00 ISBN: 97800-8028-5404-9 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. Who says that mystery novels for kids all have to include the same tropes and settings? I tell you, half the time when a kid comes up to a reference desk asking for a mystery […]

Press Release Fun: Crystal Kite Winners Announced

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2013 Sara Rutenberg 323-782-1010 THESOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL CRYSTAL KITE MEMBER CHOICE AWARDS The SCBWI is excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for our fifteen regional divisions: Africa ●      Neil Malherbe – […]