Monthly Archives: June 2011

Proud to Live in NY

Empire State Building lit in Rainbow colors – 6/24 – via @ThinkProgress Tonight, NY Senator Stephen Saland stood up on the floor and explained how his parents taught him to treat people equally, to treat them with respect. That’s why he broke with his party to support New York’s Marriage Equality Act, which passed 33-29. […]

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SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY is out today!

Over the past couple years, I’ve participated in quite a few bookstore events and children’s book festivals. Sometimes, kids who aren’t quite the right age for my books stop by my table. I’ve had three, four, and five-year-old kids pick up my middle grade novels, frown, and then look up at me with big eyes. […]

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What I’ve Been Reading

I’m long overdue for a bookish blog post, so here’s a quick rundown of some books I’ve read & loved lately. ME, JANE by Patrick McDonnell is one of those books that I knew was special the minute I picked it up. First, it’s a beautifully designed book, with thick, lovely paper that feels just […]

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Diamonds and Frogs

Last weekend, my family hit the road for a trip south, first to Fishkill, NY for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators regional conference. I’d been asked to attend to receive SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award for SUGAR AND ICE, but the day before we left, I got an email from the coordinator telling […]

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The Books They Loved Most

At the end of every school year, I ask my 7th graders to make a Top Ten books list — their favorite books of the school year, ranked in order. I use these to make a Team Favorites list that the kids use as a starting place for their own summer reading plans.  Many kids […]

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In lieu of profound words of wisdom…

Here are some geese that have been hanging out on the lake near our house lately. I’m working on writing one novel right now, while simultaneously revising another. Blogging may be sparse for a while, and deep thoughts are currently reserved for those projects, but enjoy the goslings!

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