What I Did Over My Summer Vacation

I have lost track of the number of times I’ve vowed to be more consistent in my newsletter. I promised readers a monthly post and it has become maybe twice yearly. So, I’m taking a page from a kidlit author Christine Evans, whose blogs I appreciate for their brevity...

We Have Liftoff!

I remember seeing this photo, by Boyd Norton, in Anna Merz’s obituary in 2013 and thinking, “Gosh! There’s a story there that young readers would love!” And now, nine years later, after a trip to Cornwall (where Anna Merz grew up), another to the sanctuary she founded...

 The Magic of a Glasshouse

“Glasshouse of Stars,” by Shirley Marr (Simon & Schuster for Young Readers), grabbed my attention from the start by the author’s use of second-person narration. It’s an unusual and bold choice and boy, does it ever work to create a feeling of disconnection and...