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Multicultural Children’s Book Day Blog Post and Book Review

I am excited to take part in this year’s Multicultural Children’s Book Day! The MCCBD team have asked me to include a ton of great information in this blog post (including info about a book drive with First Book) so (deep breath) … Continue reading

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Gossip File by Anna Staniszewski

Happy 2015 from Monkey Poop! For my very first blog post this year, I’m excited to have a Q&A guest post from Anna Staniszewski, author of the The Gossip File (Book 3 in the super fun Dirt Diary series). This post is … Continue reading

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The Best Books I Read This Year (2014 edition)

This has been a great year for kid’s books and as usual I was completely conflicted about which books to choose! I’m at the point in my writing career where I’ve met some very spectacular published authors, soon-to-be authors, as … Continue reading

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Why Writing is So Important (Grammarly Infographic)

One of the most popular blog posts on my blog was kind of a throwaway post: 10 Reasons Why Books are Better than TV. I don’t think people are responding to this post because my reasons are so startlingly unique … Continue reading

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Minorities in Publishing podcast

Minorities in Publishing is a brand new podcast featuring interviews with publishing professionals. I’m making it sound formal and boring, but it’s wonderful and inspiring and funny and I really, really love it so far. I particularly loved their interview this … Continue reading

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Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin Fifteen-year-old Willow is a resourceful, intelligent young girl who spends her days reading, writing, and taking care of her horse Mayapple. But unfortunately, Willow lives in 1848 Maryland. And Willow is a slave. Though Willow’s life … Continue reading

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor I can’t believe it took me so long to read Nnedi Okorafor! I can see why everyone raves about her whenever talking about diverse SFF done right. Akata Witch is about a twelve-year old girl named … Continue reading

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Picture Book Review: Kayla the Great and the Magic Red Dress by Stephanie Davis

Kayla the Great and The Magic Red Dress by Stephanie Davis; Illustrated by Robert Paul, Jr. Kayla the Great and the Magic Red Dress is about a little girl named Kayla and what happens when she loses her favorite red … Continue reading

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Mommy Read it Again: Apple Pip Princess by Jane Ray

The Apple-Pip Princess by  Jane Ray Intricate illustrations combine with a gentle, earth-friendly storyline in this fairytale picture book. I took this home from the library, figuring my Pre-K Monkey would be drawn to the pink cover and “Princess” title, and … Continue reading

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YA Book Review and Giveaway: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Set in 1959 Virginia, this unforgettable novel tells the story of Sarah Dunbar, a member of the first group of African American students to integrate her town’s public high school. Extremely bright and ambitious, Sarah faces numerous threats, … Continue reading

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