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How to be invisible

We’re celebrating Women’s History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. Join in the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kidlitwomen or Twitter #kidlitwomen My #kidlitwomen post was intended … Continue reading






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Brown eyes and book covers

A few months ago, a story popped into my head whole. Somehow, a picture book idea I’d been mulling over called Rock Swap (inspired by one of my daughters who loves collecting rocks) morphed into a short story about a girl … Continue reading






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Harvard FAS Diversity Dialogue Summer Panel

Hi everyone! Summer vacation is over, and I’m working on two projects right now: a picture book and a middle grade fantasy project. The kids were in camps for much of July, so I got a lot of work done … Continue reading






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a typical breakfast

Just a typical breakfast conversation: 4 yo (randomly): Are we being controlled by giants? Me: I don’t think so. Why? 4 yo: There is a big hand hovering over my head like this. (demonstrates with her hand over her head). … Continue reading






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Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt Save the Day (a fan comic by my kid)

My 4.5 year old is a huge fan of the Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton. She wanted us to make the 3rd volume of the series, so here it is! I present to you Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt Save the Day! … Continue reading






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Short Story: The Choosing Place

It was up to Manjoo to destroy Earth to save mankind. And she was going to have to do it alone. In a spaceship hovering near the planet she’d once called home, Manjoo had the most glorious view in the … Continue reading






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On princesses, superstars, and architects

My 7 year old is a riot. She has all kinds of elaborate dreams and schemes. By contrast, my 4 year old is more logical and reasonable, but she can’t resist my 7 year old’s infectious enthusiasm. Last week, the … Continue reading






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Lost Teeth

Today at home: 6 yo niece (face bloody): WAAAAAH! Mommy! I lost 2 teeth! Sis and me: oh no! are you okay! what happened? which teeth? 6 yo niece: the ones that were wiggly! Me: phew!!!!! what happened? Niece: I … Continue reading






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On speaking up and on resolutions for the future

I have been involved in many “diversity in literature” discussions over the couple years, and it has been an emotional roller coaster to say the least. Between writing and parenting I don’t spend a lot of time reading the newest and … Continue reading






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Writer

Am I a Writer with a capital W or a lowercase one, written in pencil?   PS For those of you who have no idea what this is about: I decided to transcribe some of the poems and ideas I wrote in … Continue reading






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