I’m proud to add my name to the more than 600 organizations and individuals who have signed this powerful statement from the National Coalition Against Censorship. Because “[b]ooks help students connect with characters whose stories reflect their own lives. They also widen their view of a changing world that embraces diversity and multiculturalism.”
My newest picture book for readers 5-8 years old–plus all their friends & family–is coming from Charlesbridge in May 2022!*
Honeybee Rescue, filled with eye-popping images by Ellen Harasimowicz,tells the story of beekeeper John Connery and the colony of honeybees that moved out of his backyard hive box and into his ramshackle garage. With a New England winter on the horizon, these bees needed a new home. But how does one relocate 70,000 honeybees and their honeycomb hive? Enter Mr. Jon Nelson, bee rescuer. This is a backyard drama you don’t want to miss.
Think this is a book for you or your favorite kid readers? Or your neighbors who keep bees? Or your parents or cousins or dentist? Perhaps the local library or elementary school? Pre-order a copy now so you can put it in their hands as soon as it’s available. (Pre-ordering a new book is one of the most helpful things you can do for your favorite authors. Truly!)
* All fingers and toes crossed that worldwide shipping delays and supply chain issues don’t impact this release date. I’ll keep you posted.
** Can’t wait to learn more about honeybee rescue-ing? Check out this article I wrote about Jon Nelson and his work, published in the the online literary journal Multiplicity.
Do you know about Chalk + Ink, the podcast for writers who teach and teachers who write? If not, you should! Host Kate Narita, children’s book author and fourth grade teacher, has created a bright and thoughtful space for sharing and learning. I was honored at her invitation to share some of my thoughts and experiences. Want to listen in? Click here!
As some of you know, I’m into haiku. I love to read them, and I especially love the challenge of writing them. (It all started here.) So of course I’m thrilled to share the news that the recent issue of Farmer-ish, a journal that celebrates farming, growing, and the arts, contains a small collection of my poems. You can read them here, and explore the full Fall issue of the journal here.
I was thrilled to join Jennifer Swanson and Jeff Gonyea on their delightfully curious new podcast, Solve it! For Kids. Our guiding question for the day was a favorite of mine: How Do You Meet the Moths in Your Neighborhood? I hope you’ll give this episode a listen, but don’t miss all the other great questions asked (and answered) on this show recently, including:
Join author Melissa Stewart, illustrator Lita Judge, and me for a far-reaching conversation about careers in science, particularly ones dedicated to sharing the world of discovery with young people. You can register for this free virtual event here. I hope to see you!
I’m pleased to have an essay featured in the Fall issue of Farmer-ish, a journal dedicated to celebrating both farming and the literary arts. In Bounty on Top of Bounty, I write about motherlessness, mothering, growing food, and growing up. It’s a very personal story, long in the making. I’m glad it’s found such a perfect a home, and hope you’ll give it a read.
Happy May Day! Happy May! Happy Moth-watching season!
I’m thrilled to announce that Charlesbridge Publishing and I have crafted a Moth Ball Starter Pack to help you and your family get to know the moths in your neighborhood. Contents of the prize box include a signed copy of You’re Invited to a Moth Ball, 25 bookmarks to give out at your moth ball, a beginner field guide to butterflies and moths, and … drum roll, please! … your very own insect collecting light. For a chance to win, click on over to the official Moth Ball Starter Pack Giveaway page and complete the form at the bottom of the screen.
(Please note: participants must reside in the continental United States.)