The F Words: Educator Guide^M

-Posted on: September 18, 2021


By Barbara Gregorich

During the 1980s and into the 1990s, I wrote educational materials: activity sheets, teacher guides, parent guides, flashcards, audio how-to instructions, and teacher guides and parent guides.  At one point I was doing freelance work for educational …



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Getting Down to Business: Self-Promotion^M

-Posted on: July 15, 2021


By Keir Graff

 

Keir Graf in the green room

Signing books at Anderson’s

Author’s note: At the beginning of the year, as I indulged in my annual ritual of setting more goals than I can possibly accomplish, I added a monthly “business meeting” to my



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Surviving The Rejection Rollercoaster^M

-Posted on: June 15, 2021


by Lisa Katzenberger

It Will Be OK book cover

There is a certain feeling that goes along with sharing your stories with the world and asking someone to love your work. For me, it’s a mixture of thrill and fear, with a little nausea mixed in …



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How to Do a 51-Store Book Tour in a Pandemic^M

-Posted on: May 15, 2021


By Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis

To go or not to go? That’s what we were wondering as last summer rolled in. We’d planned this tour well before the pandemic hit. Travel to the east coast and visit …



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Blocks, Beasts, and Broken Brains^M

-Posted on: April 15, 2021


By Liesl Shurtliff

Time Castaways book coverOne afternoon in high school, I was trying to write a critical essay for my AP English class. I can’t remember the book I was supposed to be writing about, but it was most likely by a …



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I’ll Keep Telling Stories^M

-Posted on: March 7, 2021


By Karla Clark

You Be Mommy picture book coverThe amazing human brain is hardwired to communicate with stories. Storytelling runs deep in my blood. I come from Italian immigrants and all through my childhood we gathered on Sundays around my grandparents’ kitchen table in Rockford, …



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Taking a Scroll Down Memory Lane^M

-Posted on: February 13, 2021


By Ruth Spiro

I have a love/hate relationship with an iPhone app.

My daughters introduced me to Timehop, an app that links to any social media accounts where you post photos – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  When you open Timehop …



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And the Dish Ran Away with the Zoom^M

-Posted on: January 10, 2021


“And the Dish ran away with the Zoom.”

“Mommy did you mean Spoon?”

“Oh yes, Spoon!”

What a runaway year! It’s our inclination to lick a finger and turn the page on the previous year, revealing a blank and beautiful …



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The Art of Being Seen^M

-Posted on: December 14, 2020


By Ronni Davis

Ronica DavisWhen I started writing When the Stars Lead to You, I knew that I wanted my main character to be a biracial—specifically black and white—girl. After years of never seeing anyone who looked like me in …



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Transgender History is for Everyone^M

-Posted on: November 13, 2020


By Joy Michael Ellison

Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution book coverI wrote my debut picture book Sylvia and Marsha Start a Revolution! The Story of the Trans Women of Color Who Made Lgbtq+ History for a simple reason: I wanted to see myself and my community …



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