I pick up my sister and smell her baby smell. She rubs her eyes with her fists the way she always does when she's sleepy. Then she opens her mouth and puts it on my cheek. "Was that a kiss?" I ask. More
I'd rather stay with Ray than go onto the fourth grade playground where Laura and Allison stand so close that there's no space left for me.More
Master says Dave--that suits you. That's your name." He can call me whatever he pleases, tom or John or Will or Dave, no matter. I had another name once.More
By the Ginkgo tree I see three children wearing hats – one red, one blue, one yellow – and mittened hands already busy scooping, piling, dumping. They mound and carve and pat until they have a house around the tree trunk with one chair for each.More
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Books by the Banks

I will be at Books by the Banks on Saturday October 11 and would love to see you there. 


"The Educator's Spin on It"

Make a LOVE diverse book basket with help from "The Educator's Spin On It."  This project can be adapted to kids of all ages and can be done in school classrooms, libraries, or at home.  Watch the video to learn about the importance of family in literature. 


Little Free Library

The Little Free Library movement is now all over the world.  They just posted a blog about inter-generational children's books including The Lemon Sisters, Goldfish and Chrysanthemums, and others. 


Etched in Clay wins the Ohioana Book Award!

Etched in Clay is the 2014 winner of the Ohioana Book Award in the juvenile catagory.