Category Archives: reading

Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Aisha Saeed, Author of Written in the Stars

This week on my blog, I have Aisha Saeed, author of the debut YA novel Written in the Stars, a contemporary YA novel about Naila, a Pakistani-American girl whose conservative immigrant parents push her towards marriage and away from the perfect boy she’s fallen … Continue reading






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Get to Know Asian American Children’s Authors: Salina Yoon, author and illustrator of Penguin’s Big Adventure

Next up in my Asian American Children’s Author Blog Series, is the talented author/illustrator Salina Yoon. Salina Yoon has created numerous picture books and novelty board books, and even has some beginner readers in the works. Her delightful and vibrant … Continue reading






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The Crossing (Daughters of the Sea Book 4): Q&A with Author Kathryn Lasky, Book Excerpt, and Giveaway

This week on the blog, I’m very lucky to have the award winning author Kathryn Lasky. Her latest book, The Crossing, is the final book in her Daughters of the Sea series, and it comes out on April 28th. This … Continue reading






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YA Book Review: Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos

Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos Project Runway meets Nashville meets intelligent YA dystopia in this brand new book by my writing buddy Elaine. Told from two points of view, Material Girls tells the story of Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde, two girls living … Continue reading






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Mommy Read it Again: FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM followup

So last week on the blog, I reviewed Friends for Freedom, but unlike with my other picture book reviews, you may have noticed that I didn’t include a reaction from my kids. This was because I hadn’t read it to them. I … Continue reading






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Picture Book: Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Friends for Freedom by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell (For those of you budding artists out there: last week on the blog, the illustrator shared some of her early sketches for this book, so be sure to check out that … Continue reading






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Guest Post: Nicole Tadgell, Illustrator of FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM

Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell This week on the blog, I am excited to have my very first illustrator guest post from the award-winning and prolific illustrator Nicole … Continue reading






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3 Questions for Donna Gephart, Sydney Taylor Honor Winner for DEATH BY TOILET PAPER

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart This week on the blog, I am honored to take part in the 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour. As part of this blog tour, I had the opportunity to interview Donna Gephart, … 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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