Interview with Grace Lin

March 6, 2017

published in AudioFile Magazine; December 2016-January 2017 Z Grace Lin “When I was younger, there were lots of times books became my friends. I hope I create books that have become friends for kids.” Rent audiobooks Talking with Grace Lin Grace Lin read more »


STEAM education starts early with the right books  

March 5, 2017

(published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 2/27/17) STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) is one of the best educational initiatives in a long while. Its purpose is to educate children for the future in which they’ll read more »


Young readers can be young listeners: 9 audio books that successfully go beyond the page

January 17, 2017

(printed in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer 12/23/16) Here are my Wilde Awards for Best Audio Books for children of every age and stage, including picture books. Yes, picture books. Picture books “Wolfie the Bunny,” Ame Dyckman (Vox): read more »


2016 Wilde Awards for Longer Books

November 20, 2016

published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, 11/19/16 For 30 years Susie Wilde has been reviewing children’s books for various media (including her monthly column in this section), hosting workshops for teachers and would-be writers of children’s books, read more »


Wilde Awards: The best children’s books of 2016–Picture Books

published by the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, November 19, 2016 For 30 years Susie Wilde has been reviewing children’s books for various media (including her monthly column in this section), hosting workshops for teachers and would-be writers read more »


Learning the secret life of some teens will change you

November 1, 2016

(Published in the News and Observer, 10/29/16) When I grew up, my sister had the all the boyfriends. She was four years younger than me and I wanted to be liked, too. I flirted with the boy at the gas read more »


Images ignite imaginations of young and old readers

October 31, 2016

Published on October 22, 2016 in the Raleigh News and Observer and Charlotte Observer We live in a visual world and children, regardless of age, are drawn to books where illustrations take the lead. Alphabet and number books are as read more »


“Textbook” offers ways to connect beyond author’s voice

October 30, 2016

published in the News and Observer and in the Charlotte Observer September 24, 2016 S An interactive memoir with multiple choice questions, quizzes and the organization of a textbook? A book that invites readers and listeners to connect with the read more »


Planting Hope- The Seed Sprouts

October 11, 2016

Once the story was written, Peg Gignoux began working her illustrative magic.  Peg Gignoux is a fabric artist in Chapel Hill with whom I’ve worked on many community outreach projects.  She excites children with color and design, collage and illustrating. read more »


Planting Hope–Watering the Seed

October 10, 2016

Planting Hope began with writing.  Weekly, I bounced between a group of thoughtful ESL middle schoolers in Bev Schieman’s class at Smith Middle School and a fevered enthusiastic crew at Roger’s Road Community Center.   Here’s how it worked. The read more »