Shopping for Kids’ Books (ages 9 to 12) at your Home or Library?

Book Menu for Voracious Readers 2020 Here’s my latest menu of books for hungry readers. I’ve read all of these (and many others) this year and you can see my reviews on Goodreads by clicking on the titles or covers of the books. Feel free to share and to comment about favorite books you’ve read […]

There’s more to explore!

The second book in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale series is all about exploring–with a prince who has no sense of direction! Just for fun, here are the real castles that inspired the Blackfly and the Saffron Kingdoms. LOST WITH LEEKS stars the Blackfly Prince Nero and the Saffron royal twins: Prince Magellan and Princess […]

10 MORE Great Books for the Young Readers (9-12 yrs) on Your List

Need book recommendations for the 9 to 12 year old readers on your gift list? Here are the 10 books for this age group I really, really enjoyed in 2017. This list has heartwarming adventure stories about orphans, the Middle Ages, life in the theater, and adventures at sea. Quite a few of these will […]

Becoming an artist at The Winged Pen

If you’re looking for me this week, I’m over at The Winged Pen interviewing author Jackie Randall about her middle grade adventure: EMELIN. I really enjoyed this book! The gutsy girl artist, Emelin, is appealing. Her mysterious friend Wolf is also intriguing. The story is easy-peasy accessible and the everyday details of England in the […]

Peace on Earth, Good Will to You All!

A year ago, I wrote about our “rastafarian” Joseph and the challenges of writing about other people’s cultures: Skin-colored Felt: Doing other people’s cultures wrong. It feels like we’ve gone backwards in trying to understand each other this year. Our rastafarian Joseph still leans to one side. (He still needs that navy bean transfusion.) Our […]