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Does a Book Series Have to be Read in Order?

I would argue “no.” Case in point: prequels. Or one better–-is there ever really a beginning? (Or an ending for that matter?) What about those books that are told out of order (I’m thinking of Jodi Picoult’s first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale)? Or a series written out of order such as the Chronicles of Narnia? […]

World Read Aloud Day is Coming!

About a week ago I read the most wonderful Twitter thread on read alouds. I’ve been meaning ever since to add my two cents here on the blog. One of the tweets said something to the effect of “I remember every book ever read aloud to me in school.” In terms of novels, so do […]

Teachers – I want to visit your classroom!

I announced this last week in my newsletter, and I still have openings! In April I’ll be attending a conference in Chicago and afterward I plan to travel back home to Oregon by train. I thought it would be fun to visit a few schools along the route home (transportation costs minimal for the schools!) […]

A Cover is Not the Book, But it Helps

Just got back from seeing Mary Poppins Returns with A Cover is Not the Book still running through my head. A cover may not be the book indeed, but a good cover will certainly help your book get noticed. I’ve been meaning for a while to write a post about the book covers for the […]

Seed Savers-Heirloom Available Now!

Seed Savers-Heirloom is ready to order! If you haven’t heard of the series, Heirloom is book three in the five-book Seed Savers series. It can be read out of order, in case you were wondering. For a quick overview of the series go here. For the lowdown on Heirloom read this. Today’s nugget is this: […]

To All the Bloggers I Never Met Before (And Some I Have)

Two days ago, the last day of the year, I received a wonderful surprise: a two-page (nearly) handwritten letter. I say nearly, because it was typed, but it was not a form letter. It was from an old friend . . . sort of. The letter, full of news of my friend’s life, was from someone […]

Countdown to Seed Savers-Heirloom

Today is the last day of 2018. Always a good time to take stock of how the year went and to look forward to the new year and new beginnings. Around here we’re excited for the release by my new publisher (Flying Books House) of a new and improved Seed Savers-Heirloom. Here’s the blurb in […]