Thursday, January 3, 2019

Sneak a Peek: Full of Beans

Wonder what my Fall 2019 book - Full of Beans - is about?
The history of dried beans?
Find out today at iNK's Nonfiction Minute.

I am so proud to write for the Nonfiction Minute. It is an amazing resource for teachers and students to get a daily dose of fun, eye-opening, well-written true stories. And today kids can learn about ... Nope. I'll let you find out for yourself.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

"Write now--Write well"

In this week's Time, author Jennifer Egan addressed the importance of literature in a world where most people get their us-vs-them news from social media. "Literature, like democracy, is built of a plurality of ideas," she says. "By writing and reading, we remind ourselves of the value of empathy, subtlety and contradiction."

As writers for the youngest readers, we should be keenly aware of  how our books mold the social consciousness of the future. All writers have a bias, and I've always felt that children's writers lean toward hope, acceptance, tolerance, peace, and love. In light of that fact, I can't imagine how I would write a book with our current president as the protagonist. He offers no hope. He does not accept facts,.He is intolerant of differing views. He stirs up discord and hate, and seems to love only himself and money.

Egan ends with this call to arms: "We need to write now, write well--tell the truth in all its messy complexity. It's our best shot at helping to preserve a democracy in which facts still exist and all of us can speak freely."

Or as the sign on my office door says:


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway Results

To find out if you are a winner, go to: 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to everyone who won a book, and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to enter.

After I get over my sinus infection which is preventing my brain from working, I will share with you why we did this book giveaway and who my fellow authors are and why we became the NONFICTION NINJAS! Till then, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

Friday, November 16, 2018


It is my turn to offer up a free book for the 12 days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway.  Check out Nancy's Blog and Rafflecopter for a chance to win Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation. A wacky way to look at our 3rd president.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DAY 6 !

You won't want to miss your chance to win Pat Miller's The Hole Story of the Doughnut.

Also -- interesting insight from Clelia Gore on Twitter about PB biographies (right up my alley). I guess I'll have to step up my game to bring new life into traditionally told bios.  I wonder what she thinks about an agricultural slant!?!?!?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway!

As a proud Nonfiction Ninja, I am pleased to be part of 
The 12 Days of Children's Books Gala Giveaway that Nancy I. Sanders is hosting on her BlogZone
Today Nancy features Linda Skeers and her wonderful biography collection Women Who Dared. Check it out!