October 1, 2014

After visiting two popular children’s book festivals, I was struck by how frenetic they were.  Children rushed from one author to another, collecting  autographs, stickers, grabbing candy or other small items on the author’s table designed to catch the child’s attentio...

September 11, 2014

A few days ago, I walked into the Oaxaca Public Library (La Biblioteca Publica Central Estatal de Oaxaca, Mexico) and introduced myself to the Director, Ms. Ruth Orozco Hernandez.  We talked briefly about the different programs the library provides for children and she...

August 5, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting with Deborah Menkart, Executive Director of Teaching for Change last week.  She had attended the pre-publishing launch meeting for Ana’s Day/El Dia de Ana and as a new author, I wanted to follow up with her about suggestions she had made r...

July 20, 2014

I dipped into the library to check out a book, and there I found my friend Shirley Lea from the Family Book Clubs Project reading to a group of four year olds.  The book she was reading was Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley and it inspired lots of movement activi...

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