The Boy and the Giant

Why would a kind giant who helps out a village not want to be seen? "Because people are scared of things that are different. And sometimes, they're not so nice." That's what Billy's grandad tells him when he doesn't believe that the "Giant of Gableview" is real. It is a lesson that all of us … Continue reading The Boy and the Giant

The Track Series and Why Libraries are so Important

I just finished the third book in Jason Reynolds's amazing Track Series and now I am waiting with baited breath for the fourth, and final, book to come out in October. If you haven't already read these books, I highly recommend that you go out and try them. Understandably, I read a lot of middle … Continue reading The Track Series and Why Libraries are so Important

The Queen Girls are Back!

Last year I had the pleasure of being included in helping launch the Kickstarter campaign for Queen Girls Publications to present Bessie: Queen of the Sky and had a great interview with the team behind the books. So I am thrilled to announce that today they have launched their new Kickstarter campaign to promote their … Continue reading The Queen Girls are Back!

Kindness is a Simple Act

We live in an unfortunate time where there is a lot of anger and hatred. Where there is a fear of being different - fear of mean acts, mean words, deportation, violence, and general cruelty. Raising children in this age is extra challenging. It is harder to shield them from cruelty if they are already … Continue reading Kindness is a Simple Act

Sarai is an Awesome Kid

Thank you for the review copy of this book which will be published 9/11/18. All opinions are my own. Sarai Gonzalez wakes up every morning to a poster reminding her that she is awesome, a pretty great way to start the day. Sarai is a bright girl with an entrepreneurial mind and a strong sense … Continue reading Sarai is an Awesome Kid

All Are Welcome – A Book Celebrating Diversity

I realize that everyone is in summer bliss at the moment, but depending on where you live, school could be right around the corner. The school that my kids go to begins on August 14th, so teachers are gearing up for students to be coming in. While the news often focuses on all of the … Continue reading All Are Welcome – A Book Celebrating Diversity

Ghost Boys – The Middle Grade Book with Important Messages

If you have a list of important middle grade reads, Ghost Boys, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, absolutely must be on that list. It isn't a fun read, but like The Hate U Give, I think it is one that should be read by everyone. This is a book which at its heart wants the world … Continue reading Ghost Boys – The Middle Grade Book with Important Messages