Walking Grandma Home

Walking Grandma Home

Looking forward to Walking Grandma Home being available to children and families, January 10, 2023, from Zonderkidz.

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Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

Can you tell us how your recent book When Nana Dances came to be? My co-author on this book, Maddison Stemple-Piatt, is my granddaughter. She was ten years old, in ballet…

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Mental Health: The Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry: “I think it’s something that literature does, that writing does, that speaking about things does. It keeps our hearts from breaking.”

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Writing the Story of Mental Illness for Young Readers

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

I have been pulled toward the subject of suicide since I was a teen despite its stigma, and worked on my first suicide hotline when I was eighteen. That’s because as an adolescent I struggled not only with depression but with some periods of suicidality, and I understand the dangerous power and seduction of it when one is suffering mental despair.

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Kindness

Sunrise

You don’t have to be good or first
Not even smartest or most right.
If you are kind, that is what our world needs most.

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Read at Home

Read at Home

Remember when you were a child and how fun it was to have your very own copy of Highlights … or any children’s magazine? Children haven’t changed.  Research shows that…

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Dancing During Covid-19, Part 1

Young Dance in rehearsal

How do dancers dance in isolation? Or perform? What about new choreography? I interviewed several dancers from Young Dance, a Minnesota-based dance company, a unique dance company. Dancers audition. Dancers…

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Upcoming Webinar

This weekend, I’ll be presenting at the RM-SCBWI  Fall Conference  September 12 & 13 https://bit.ly/3bgEkKq I invite you to join us for my virtual pre-recorded workshop session  from 11 am…

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Celebrating I Will Dance

I Will Dance

I Will Dance celebrates the joy of dancing, the importance of belonging, and the determination of Eva, a child who could barely move but dreamed of dancing … not imagine, not pretend, and not alone.

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