Growing Readers, Harvesting Hope^M

-Posted on: September 14, 2020

My son sits tucked in the back of our walk-in closet, a book open on his lap, his three-year-old sister at his side, giggling at a silly sentence. My oldest reads until past ‘lights out’ because she lost track of

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The Joys of Reading, Writing, and Living Local^M

-Posted on: August 17, 2020

The word ‘international’ sounds glamorous. ‘National’ indicates importance. What comes to mind when you hear ‘local’? Non-stop excitement? Nah…

This pandemic has forced many of us to confine ourselves. To totally step away from our frenetic, fabulous lives. To live …

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Old Baggage Worth Carrying^M

-Posted on: July 14, 2020

I knew I wanted to write for children many years before I actually put pen to paper. I had not even stepped on the path to becoming an author when I took a seven-year detour – I opened a children’s …

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Writing Bumps^M

-Posted on: June 16, 2020

A 2.5 Minute Bumpy Blog

by Bibi Belford

I bumped my head last week and saw stars. Right before I opened an email reminding me that I signed up to write a blog post and it was due. For a …

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Social Emotional Learning^M

-Posted on: May 15, 2020

The Complex Journey Toward Resilience

My debut novel in verse, Reeni’s Turn (September 13, 2020) explores the complex nature of emotional resilience in this body positive story of a shy, self-conscious tween’s urgent search for courage, self-acceptance, and identity. Reeni

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When Learning at Home, Make it Memorable^M

-Posted on: April 15, 2020

Thrilling Thieves Liars, Cheats, and Cons who Changed HistoryMy mantra as a nonfiction author has always been to have fun. As a mother navigating home schooling, my new mantra is to teach with fun. That doesn’t mean my house is the Wild West with kids flinging slime at

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Why Middle Grade Matters^M

-Posted on: March 13, 2020

Social Constructs Made Visible

Jagger Jones Cover One question I’ve heard a lot since I launched my debut middle grade time-travel series, starting with Jagger Jones and the Mummy’s Ankh, is: Why middle grade? For me, the answer lies in my own middle …

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History & Poetry — A Winning Combination^M

-Posted on: February 11, 2020

Plus Activity Ideas

By Eileen Meyer

History and poetry meld together in my just-released picture book, The Superlative A. Lincoln: Poems about our 16th President. The topic is a natural fit with the elementary school curriculum’s study of Abraham

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Where Do You Find Sled Dogs in the Dewey Decimal System?^M

-Posted on: January 12, 2020

How I Make Research Fun

By Natalie Rompella



We’ve all read our share of uninspired student research papers. Why? We’re often asking for boilerplate facts (Where does your animal live? What’s its diet?). These details are important for …

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Why Should You Schedule an Author Visit^M

-Posted on: December 14, 2019

When I talk to educators and librarians about READ LOCAL, there is one question they don’t ask:

Why should I host an author visit?

That’s because everyone knows that bringing an author or illustrator to your school has a bunch …

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