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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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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