Author’s Note: March 2016

by admin on March 30, 2016

If March comes in like a lion, it’s supposed to go out like a lamb. But I live in St. Louis, Missouri, where March can be lions and more lions, with maybe a lamb or two in between, if we’re lucky. Turns out this old saying is pretty much fiction when it comes to predicting the weather. That being said, it’s true — March is going out – so it’s time for my monthly update!

I’ve become a big fan of virtual school visits, especially after doing multiple Skype sessions last month for World Read Aloud Day. I love them so much, I’m going to schedule more free Skype visits in the fall. More about that next month.

I also love doing school visits in person. Usually, it’s a school librarian or teacher who invites me to the school. So I was surprised when the invitation to visit Old Bonhomme Elementary in St. Louis came from students — third-graders, actually. Learn more about my visit to Brett Kelley’s third-grade classroom — and how it became an opportunity for students to work on a project for “Authors 4 Earth Day” – at

And here’s what I’ve been reading this month: MG, YA, and adult fiction and non-fiction, including Pax, by Sara Pennypacker;  The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjalian; All We Know of Heaven, by Jacquelyn Mitchard; Landline, by Rainbow Rowell; and Cheryl Klein’s Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. How about you? I love to get reading recommendations!







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