Saturday, March 25, 2017

RUBY LEE & ME Makes the Keystone, (PA State List)!!

This is my second state list. Congratulations to all the other nominees!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CLiCK Conference--University of South Florida

On March 6th, I met fellow Middle Grade authors, Kerry O'Malley Cerra, Augusta Scattergood, and Taryn Souders at the University Of South Florida. Our mission was to present to 600 students from Title I schools as part of the CLiCK Conference.

We had a HUGE crowd.

We ran concurrent sessions and each author presented twice to give students a chance to hear multiple presentations and keep the crowd size manageable.

We appreciated signing books for classroom libraries!

And here we are at the end of the day. Tired, but still standing! Thanks to everyone involved for a wonderful conference…

Monday, February 20, 2017

World Read Aloud Day! #wrad17

On February 16th, I participated in my first World Read Aloud Day. I Skyped with kids in Asheville, North Carolina, Hagerstown, Maryland, Hutchinson, Kansas, and Romeoville, Illinois. Since a couple other schools wanted time slots I had already filled, I'll be offering a second day of Skype visits on March 7th.

Some of the educators posted pictures on Twitter, not my most flattering poses, but still loads of fun!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

New Interviews About Ruby Lee And Me!

I'll be Skyping with Margaret Simon's class on March 7th, and she interviewed me for her blog. Margaret and I were both elementary school students during school integration and both of us were taught by our schools' first African-American teachers. Margaret's questions were truly thought provoking, and you can read the interview by clicking here:

Kathy Temean, (former Regional Advisor for SCBWI NJ), also interviewed me for her blog. Kathy was my RA when I first joined SCBWI, and it was great to reconnect with her. You can read Kathy's interview with me here:

My schedule is full for World Read Aloud Day, but I'm currently booking Skype visits for alternate days. Contact me through my website if you're interested in having me virtually visit your classroom!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ruby Lee & Me Is A Finalist for the 2018 Nebraska Golden Sower Award

Making the Nebraska State list  may be the coolest thing that's ever happened in my writing career. It's especially sweet since I lived in Omaha in the early 1990's. My son was even born there--Go Huskers! The complete list of nominees can be viewed here:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Middle Grade Book Panel #MSBookFest

This past August, I participated on a middle grade panel at the Mississippi Book Festival. We were moderated by Deborah Wiles, and the other authors who took part were: John Claude Bemis, Augusta Scattergood, Esta Spalding, John David Anderson, myself, and Kathi Appelt.

I posted about this panel back in August, but now the folks at The Mississippi Book Festival have put a video of it online. You can hear each of us read from our books and answer questions by clicking on Middle School Book Panel:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Yesterday the ladies from #MGGetsReal, participated in a twitter chat. We discussed our books and tackling touch topics for a Middle Grade audience.

If you missed our chat, you can quickly read through the whole thing at Storify. 

Have you ever participated in a twitter chat? If so, was it a positive experience? Would you sign up to do it again? Tell me about your experience in the comments below.