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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Casting a Wonderfully Wide Net^M

-Posted on: October 13, 2020


One of the things I’ve come to love most about living in Chicago is the size, strength, and warmth of the writing community here. Since moving here over seven years ago I’ve made friends with writers in just about any …



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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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