Category Archives: reading

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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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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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Veera Hiranandani, Author of the Phoebe G. Green series

The next author in my Asian American Children’s Author blog series is Veera Hiranandani, author of the middle grade novel, The Whole Story of Half a Girl. She has two books coming out today (!) in her brand new Phoebe … Continue reading

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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Mike Jung, Author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities

This week, the amazing children’s author visiting the blog is Mike Jung, author of the middle grade novel Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities. Here are Mike’s answers to my three burning questions: 1) Which of your characters do you most … Continue reading

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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: David Yoo, Author of The Detention Club

This week’s Asian American children’s author is David Yoo. His most recent book for kids is the middle grade novel, The Detention Club. 1) Which of your characters do you most identify with and why? David Yoo: A lot of my … Continue reading

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Preschooler Favorites: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Zita the Spacegirl is a graphic novel for younger readers about a young girl named Zita who discovers an asteroid with a big red button. Despite her friend Jonah’s warnings, Zita pushes the big … Continue reading

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