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 […]

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!

Sweet and spicy pecan snack

Wintertime in New Orleans means lots of pecans on the shelves. Here’s a quick, tasty afterschool snack. (Also popular when you need a snack-to-share.) If your munchers don’t like spicy treats, make a batch with just the sugar and a little cinnamon. Sweet And Spicy Pecans 2 cups pecan halves 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 […]

Review: In the Shadow of the Sun

North Korea has been in the news a lot lately, and although I’d rather not think about why, my kids have questions: Who are these people, and why are they targeting us? In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien, an action-packed, middle-grade novel, offers a fascinating glimpse into the closed-off culture of North Korea, […]