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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Learning from Ants^M

-Posted on: November 14, 2019

When researching the life of Charles H. Turner, the pioneering African American entomologist, I learned about Turner’s Circling, the phenomenon where ants meander as they try to find their way home. Turner was the first to describe this action …

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School Visits – Maximizing Value^M

-Posted on: October 14, 2019

Are you a writer? Illustrator? Teacher? Librarian? If so, you know that a good school visit is uplifting and inspiring for everyone involved.

But what makes a “good” school visit? To me, there are three tenets:

  • Entertain
  • Educate
  • Connect

Based …

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From Ideas to New Journeys^M

-Posted on: September 15, 2019

The Idea

Did I ever think that I would be writing a blog, let alone a blog about children’s books? No way, Never!!! I’m a nurse for goodness sake. I’m used to speaking medical jargon and educating patients on how …

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