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2016 Grammys

Six Dots: Insight #8

You may have already seen, on my Facebook page, this video clip of music legend Stevie Wonder, announcing the Song of the Year winner at the 2016 Grammys: Louis Braille himself would have LOVED that moment—and the one that followed, as Stevie invited support for universal accessibility to knowledge and information. What Stevie was referring

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Six Dots: Insight #7

Six Dots is now two weeks old! The creative team at Knopf, illustrator Boris Kulikov, and I, are delighted that the book has thus far received excellent reviews and three stars (from Publisher’s Weekly, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, and School Library Journal). You can read what the reviewers say about it. Also,

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Charles Lindbergh

Who did it? Who knows?

September 14th marked the 60th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s published account of his historic flight.  In my verse novel The Trial, the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month old son from the second floor bedroom of the aviator’s home in Hopewell, NJ, the subsequent police investigation, and the six-week criminal trial, are seen through eyes of

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Summertime, and the Reading is Easy

Memorial Day is behind us, the summer season is here, and that set me to thinking about the origins of my verse novel Kaleidoscope Eyes.  While I would like to think all my books would be great for summertime reading, “Kal Eyes” is the one that could definitely be labeled a summertime story. Long before

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IRA

I’m getting reading to spend time with some of my favorite people on earth: the educators, old friends and new, whom I’ll meet at the International Reading Association conference on April 19-22. Is it a coincidence that the IRA conference coincides with National Poetry Month? Maybe. Maybe not.             One of my favorite quotes is

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Women's History Month

A contest to celebrate Women’s History Month

“Better late than never” is a saying that I find myself leaning on this month as I try to get some new writing done and also keep up with regular life. In keeping with this theme, and before March slides on by, here’s something fun to celebrate the final days of Women’s History month. Below

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A Long Journey Back

In celebration of Black History Month, Melissa Sweet and I will be adding art images, quotes, and anecdotes from and about the life and art of West Chester artist Horace Pippin, the subject of our picture book A Splash of Red. Today, I begin with his first oil painting, The End of War, Starting Home, which took

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Horace Pippin Video

Another great man

This week is special for many reasons, as we honor and remember the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrate the second presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, and look ahead to Black History Month in February. To continue this theme, here’s a short, excellent video clip narrated by a Philadelphia school student, in

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New book now available!

Who was Horace Pippin? Watch this short video … Order A Splash of Red from Indiebound. Order from Amazon.com. Order from Random House. Download the free Discussion Guide. Learn more about the book and Horace Pippin here and here.

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For the Veterans

This week we recognize and remember our more than twenty million American veterans. Our geographical good fortune (i.e., to be situated between two oceans, Canada and Mexico) sometimes makes it easier for us as American citizens to forget that our current freedoms have come at a human cost and require our constant vigilance. The forthcoming

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