Skunk and Badger: A Charming Odd Couple

Skunk and Badger: A Charming Odd Couple

The main characters of Illinois author Amy Timberlake’s charming new book, “Skunk and Badger,” fall into the familiar and beloved genre of odd-couple friends. At 122 pages, it’s like the Frog and Toad series but for the next level of reader. The setting and voice...
“Prairie Lotus” a New Take on Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Prairie Lotus” a New Take on Laura Ingalls Wilder

Anyone who loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books will want to read Linda Sue Park’s latest story, “Prairie Lotus.” Park is a Newbery-award-winning author who grew up in the Chicago area. She, too, was a big fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books as a child. In “Prairie...

Pauli Murray VS the Proud Boys

I have been working on a biography of Dr. Pauli Murray (1910-1985) for middle-grade readers for several years now. Dr. Murray was a remarkable human being who confronted white (male) supremacy all her life as a civil rights activist, lawyer, poet and Episcopal priest....