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Cover of book shows a 1950s era car with a boy standing next to it in a tropical city

Things that Go

My three year old grandson loves “things that go.” Here are three books perfect for him and other fans of cars, trucks, trains, and buses. All the Way to Havana...

Cover of book shows dramatic waterfall.

Charlesbridge Giveaway!

Charlesbridge Publishing has issued an educator’s guide for Mountain Chef. It’s available in a beautifully-formatted form on their website or in a bare-bones format here on mine. And they’re also offering a...

Three nature books, Coyote America, Hawk, and Journey, atop lawn

Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

I’m thrilled that my book, Mountain Chef, was chosen as a Notable Book in the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. I’m especially flattered to be in such august company. Here...

Stuffed hamster holds a tiny copy of Mountain Chef.

Library Hamster

  Our local library offered to send their mascot, Library Hamster, with me on my school visits this week and next. They dressed him ready for the road and gave...

Cover of Some Writer, showing a boy feeding pigs

Sibert Guesses

This Monday the Siberts will be announced. I would love to see Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis honored–the art is stunning and the voice is...

Boy smiles with braces

Metalmouth

My eighth grader got braces today. I got braces in eighth grade, too. I remember spending a long time with the orthodontist with his hands in my mouth, tugging and...

"Slice of Life" logo on background of an orange slice

Ebelskiver Portal

My grandmother was a great cook. Of course, she spent most of her life cooking. She woke up early, often before the sun was up, stoked her coal stove (yes!...

Children around a globe

Mock Sibert

Alyson Beecher of Kid Lit Frenzy and Michele Knott of Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook are hosting a Mock Sibert. I’m thrilled to join, remembering my favorite nonfiction picture books from...

Portrait of Rich Lo, artist

Rich Lo and the art of Mountain Chef

Last week my nonfiction picture book, Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook up the National Park Service, was published. Some of the process...

"Winner" badge for Reading for Research Month

ReFoReMo

 I love Carrie Charley Brown’s Reading for Research Month. The idea is simple: for 20 days in March, you read picture books every day, write about what you learn from...