On my bookshelf, I have all sorts of outdated Rick Steves guidebooks from the days my husband I roamed around Europe with our kids. In one of his books, he recommended that parents have their kids watch movies to help get them excited about different locations before they arrived. I remember picking up the Italian-dubbed … More A Few International Reads
How do you pick out a Christmas present or birthday gift for a young reader? There are all sorts of ways to choose, but sometimes I like to pick out a book set in a place where those readers live or featuring characters from the same locality. Readers have enjoyed recognizing places from Suspect, my … More Regional Reads for Christmas
My librarian friend Sondy Eklund wrote a review for THE GRIFFIN AND THE DINOSAUR. Looks fascinating!
I’d like to thank Ann Finkelstein for asking me to participate in this blog hop. I’ve been neglecting my blog, and this gave me a reason to get back to it. Ann is a talented writer and photographer whose YA fantasy is now out on submission. You can read about her writing process here. I’m … More Blog Hop!
It was such fun to see SAVING THE GRIFFIN turn up on a master list of fifty or so books for kids to read before and after Harry Potter. Susan Fichtelberg and Bonnie Kunzel pulled this list together for their June, 2011 ALA presentation. A quick cruise through Susan’s website, Encountering Enchantment, made it clear that she’s … More Before and After Harry Potter (Grades 3-5)
Many writers like Google alerts. It’s a great way to see what’s going on with their latest book, especially for those of us who aren’t New York Times bestsellers. After all, people don’t feel the need to put up a bad review for relatively unknown authors. But today a review of SAVING THE GRIFFIN popped … More Narnia in Reverse
You’re invited to the launch party for SUSPECT at Literary Life! WHEN: Thursday, October 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 WHERE: 758 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI Things should be lively since the Wealthy Street Autumn Stroll will also be going on. I’m hoping to have coloring pages available from SAVING THE GRIFFIN as well. A … More Mix and Mingle