New discovery in Newbery week

October 17, 2020

In February, in the week that the Caldecott and Newbery books were announced and Valentine’s Day was a smidge away, I discovered this love of a book, In a Jar by Deborah Marcero. Llewellyn collects buttercups, heart-shaped stones and sky read more »

Pandemic Reading Relief

October 11, 2020

Any one who knows me, knows I’m a slow reader who avoids long books. But I’ve recently discovered a new author who can engage me, even in the midst of the reading-challenging pandemic! Proof? I leapt right from completing Alix read more »

Launching a universe: NC author’s first YA novel debuts on NYT Best Sellers list

September 25, 2020

published in the News and Observer, Friday, September 25th, 2020 North Carolina author Tracy Deonn was at a loss for words Wednesday when her first young adult novel, “Legendborn,” debuted at No. 5 on The New York Times’ Best-Sellers List. read more »

Changing my possum position? New writer and new picture book deal with anxiety

I have had two wonderful fictional encounters of the possum variety in the past month that have me re-thinking my position on possums. One of my newer writers is penning an adorable book about Little Possum who wants to be read more »

A Miracle Book

September 13, 2020

Last week I fell in love with Sophie Blackall’s new book. Watch my raves below, see some of the amazing illustrations and the awe it can inspire.         You, too, can own Sophie Blackall’s new book by read more »

FLYLEAF BOOKS!! Four Fun and Fundraising Flyleaf Programs for Community

September 12, 2020

Hello all,       Here are links to the  wonderful Flyleaf community efforts for fun and fundraising:   I attended one of the best book launches ever virtually at Flyleaf for Kristen Rademacher’s memoir of grief and hope,  From read more »

Only 57 hours left on our Kickstarter for Lenna’sGift

March 20, 2020

Hello all, For a year I have been working with Mariposas, a vibrant community of Latinx youth and their families!  We’ve written an allegorical story about a river who wants to be big and strong. After flooding, Moon boasts about read more »

Audio Aids

Hello all, You know I’m dependent on audio books…they have provided me with stories that comfort and allow escape. Those two factors are certainly in need of these days. Sharing stories has always aided people enduring famines and illnesses.   read more »

New Years, New Kinds of Reviews!

February 2, 2020


Lucy Knisley’s Perfect Book for New Families

December 22, 2019

  This is a perfect book to give new families. Order your copy by clicking on the IndieBound link below:   Gotta minute? That’s only my “longer” take on this book lasts!