These are the best books of 2019 for kids and young adult readers

November 17, 2019

published in the News and Observer, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article237263074.html These links support both me, Indy Bookstores and you in getting great books into the hands of children This year’s books seem to reflect the changes in our world. Talented read more »


2019 Wilde Awards for Longer Books

November 15, 2019

In my 23rd year of writing the Wilde Awards The News and Observer, bound by space requirements, has requested 5 best books in different categories.  One thing I’ve always loved about the Wilde Awards is that I have been able to read more »


2019’s Annual Wilde Awards for Best Picture Books

In my 23rd year of writing the Wilde Awards The News and Observer, bound by space requirements, has requested 5 best books in different categories.  One thing I’ve always loved about the Wilde Awards is that I have been able read more »


Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf Monday at 7:00–One Fox

Come to the Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf, Monday, November 18th, 7:00! Here’s a sneak preview! I’m trying a new format–video blog. Please let me know what you think!


New Excitement: Birth of 2 Fabulous Websites

October 24, 2019

It’s been forever since writing but I am propelled by new and exciting news of dear friends’ whose creative work I’ve witnessed in the making! For five or six years, I sat next to Kristen Rademacher on a couch in read more »


Interview with Elizabeth Acevedo

July 30, 2019

Such a joy to interview one of your writing heroines…and Elizabeth Acevedo was so approachable and lovely.  I interviewed her for the June/July 2019 issue of Audiofile   Last year Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel THE POET X garnered, among other awards, read more »


Interview with Nicola Yoon

Just realized I’d not posted this interview so I’m catching up! Interestingly I just read the first YA book by her husband, David Yoon. He’s just as amazing!  I did this interview for AudioFile (April/May 2017)     Talking with read more »


Sibling Stories–Revisited

Just home from my daughter’s baby shower, I visited with a friend who’s 2nd grandchild will be born sooner than I get mine! Immediately I thought of how much I relied on sibling books when preparing my son for his read more »


So, your child has questions about LGBTQ issues. These picture books may help.

June 30, 2019

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 20, 2019; https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article231571668.html) It’s been 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and the commemoration of June as Gay Pride month.And it’s been 30 years since I reviewed my first LGBTQ book, Leslea read more »


Orange is the New Black’ actress strikes right tone about her struggles

(Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, 6/30/19) https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article231571668.html     I had grown used to being disappointed by celebrity audiobooks, but was captivated four years ago with “Born with Teeth” (HarperCollins/ HarperAudio). The author and narrator of the audiobook read more »