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This children’s book on immigration comes as adults seek to guide and comfort kids

August 8, 2018

(published in the News And Observer, August 7, 2018) https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article215920180.html Chapel Hill author Camille Andros’ new book “The Dress and the Girl” couldn’t be more timely. The book — a tale of a young girl separated from her dress upon moving read more »


Gut-wrenching ‘Educated’ is experienced through unusual, subdued vantage point

July 29, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 29, 2018) (https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article215067875.html) I can’t drive by an accident without both dreading and being curious about what happened. I had that kind of listening experience with Tara Westover’s memoir, “Educated,” read by Julia read more »


These children’s books may not have words, but their images say so much

July 25, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 7, 2018) (https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article212219569.html) In March I met with Mary Andrews and Nancy Zeman, the founders of Family Reading Partners (FRP) to share new wordless, or near wordless books. I’ve recommended wordless books for years. They read more »


Former teacher hit success with his first novel, ‘Nyxia.’ Then came the sophomore challenge.

July 20, 2018

(published in the News and Observer, July 15, 2018) (https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article214735875.html)   Ten months ago, Scott Reintgen published “Nyxia,” launching a YA science-fiction trilogy that netted him a mid-six figure advance and a lot of buzz. His second book, “Nyxia Unleashed,” read more »


As Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ turns 200, audiobook captures tragedy

June 8, 2018

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 03, 2018) http://www.newsobserver.com/living/article212218099.html This year marks the 200th birthday of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” I began celebrating by renting the audio from the library, using the OverDrive app for read more »


Where are the strong women in children’s books? Here are some favorites.

April 30, 2018

published in the Raleigh News and Observer 4/29/18 http://www.newsobserver.com/living/article208305924.html The series of biographies I read as a child had more heroes than heroines. Still I most relished the ones that featured women. They were some of few strong females I read more »


Award-winning author wants to add more diverse voices to children’s literature

April 28, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, April 22, 2018) http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/books/article209168304.html   I last spoke to Kwame Alexander in 2014, months before his book “The Crossover,” won the prestigious Newbery Award for his contributions to children’s literature.     The novel read more »


Talking with Jason Reynolds

April 27, 2018

(published in AudioFile April-May 2018) https://www.audiofilemagazine.com/authors/jason-reynolds/ Jason Reynolds is a bestselling author whose novels for middle schoolers and teens have been honored by the National Book Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the American Library Association. But perhaps his greatest read more »


A tale of 2 books about the VP’s bunny: one from John Oliver, the other Pence’s family

March 30, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, 3/29/18) http://www.newsobserver.com/latest-news/article207227879.html Easter is definitely the time for rabbit-y children’s books, but this season it’s a bunny beat bunny world. Politics have entered the children’s book ring, and there are two titles facing off. read more »


Audio books continue to surge in popularity. Here are some must-listen titles right now. 2017’s Recommended Audios

March 25, 2018

(Published in the News and Observer, March 25, 2018 For me, listening to audio books is not just pleasurable, but critical. It’s not only that I’m print-weary, but there are mornings I’m so scattered that only listening to audios calms read more »