Tag Archive | reading

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 […]

Back to School Means Author Visits

As an author of middle grade and YA books I have the pleasure not only of doing signings at book stores, but also of conducting author visits in schools. I love doing author visits and hope this year to incorporate more into my schedule. Read an earlier post of why I love school visits here. […]

Your Child’s Next Favorite Book (Winter rerun)

In keeping with end of the year reruns, I’ve decided to finish off 2013  with repeats of  some of my most popular posts from the past year (slightly edited and/or updated). Maybe you missed it the first time around! 🙂 Okay, I’m going to admit something an author should probably never admit: As a child, […]

Inspiring Young Writers

Originally posted on kindleforkids:
As an author, I’ve met a lot of kids who don’t just enjoy reading my books but also tell me they are writing their own books. As a teacher, writer, and parent, this is exciting. What can we do to foster this interest of writing in our children? The first and…

Keeping the Children in Books for the Summer

As an author of middle grade books, I’m always on the lookout for sites that help get the word out about children’s books.  When my kids were younger, we brought home boatloads of books from the library on an almost weekly basis. The best way to find a book was to ask the librarian, or […]