Spooooky books for kids

I LOVE Halloween! I’ve been reading spooky books all month (oh who am I kidding I read them all year) and I have a couple to recommend, organized by age group. Middle Grade: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden I may never see a scarecrow the same way again. Terrifically creepy with gorgeous writing, tangible settings,…Continue reading Spooooky books for kids

Big Chill 2019

It’s October already? Here in New Orleans, it still feels like August, temps in the 90s with 70-90% humidity. Good weather for staying inside, reading and writing. I did get away to Percy Quin State Park for a personal weekend writing retreat, where the mornings were in the 70s and the sunsets were glorious. Over…Continue reading Big Chill 2019

Shoutout to librarians!

April whizzed by! Between oral surgery (bleh) and the kids’ spring break (whee?) I got a lot of reading (and some writing) done. My younger son & I visited the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library, and the kids’ room librarian was so excited to offer us books based on what we were…Continue reading Shoutout to librarians!

Conference time

It’s here! JambaLAya Kidlit Conference 2019, right here in New Orleans. Our regional branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI LA/MS) hosts this annual three-day conference, full of Master Classes, keynote speakers, written and in-person critiques, breakout sessions, casual meet-ups, dinners, and even a breakfast session for published authors & illustrators.…Continue reading Conference time

Book review: The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber of Sumatra

I am honored once again to review a kidlit book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year, I received a charming, early-middle-grade book from Joy Sun Bear, an organization that provides “global education for kids and classrooms.” Co-written by Blanca Carranza and John Lee, with illustrations by John Lee, The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber…Continue reading Book review: The Adventures of Joy Sun Bear: The Blue Amber of Sumatra