Book review: Martin Luther King, The Peaceful Warrior

I am excited to once again participate in Multicultural Children’s Book Day! This year, I was delighted to receive Ed Clayton’s classic Martin Luther King, The Peaceful Warrior, updated with new illustrations by Donald Bermudez and a foreword by Xernona Clayton, published by Candlewick Press. See below for more info about tonight’s Twitter party; FREE BOOKS for teachers; FREE […]

Vegetarian gumbo recipe

It’s so COLD here! Good weather for gumbo, though. I’ve been a vegetarian for close to 30 years. (How have I done anything for 30 years? But I digress.) My whole family is vegetarian, so I’m always looking for kid-friendly, veggie recipes that are easy to make. Traditional New Orleans food tends to be spicy, meat-or-seafood-based, […]

Hello 2018

Whew! This past holiday season walloped me good. The family was all home, sometimes healthy, sometimes coughing and sneezing, but overall we celebrated with panache. Some photos from the past few weeks, and a sigh of relief as I turn back to my writing schedule. Stepping away really makes me appreciate returning to the page!

Book review: The Fifth Season

Mind. Blown. I finished the first book in N.K. Jemison’s Hugo-award-winning The Broken Earth trilogy, The Fifth Season, and I’m reeling from its sheer awesomeness. This speculative fiction novel for adults encompasses a vast, immersive, world that resonates with our own culture, particularly the way we treat anyone we deem “other.” The plot is continually […]