How to Tackle Big Topics for Growing Thinkers: Nonfiction

Okay. I might be biased because Charlesbridge is publishing my forthcoming book STRETCH TO THE SUN: FROM A TINY SPROUT TO THE TALLEST TREE ON EARTH and I know firsthand they are an amazing team, but this post by Charlesbridge nonfiction senior editor Alyssa Mito Pusey is all-by-itself excellent. Getting to “I GET IT!”: Scaffolding in Nonfiction is… Read more »

Giants are Real! Coast Redwood Giants, That Is!

In 2013, I was lucky enough to receive a grant from SCBWI to pursue a writing project involving coast Redwood trees. Recently, I visited Redwood National and State Parks and made a brief video about my way-too-short time there. Be sure your audio is turned on, relax, and enjoy the magnificence of these very real giants… http://animoto.com/play/7EIRj8Axpl1d0pHpbTu0Fw

Who are the cutest tree huggers in the world?

New research suggests that koalas use trees for temperature control. How cool is that? Click here to learn more: tree huggers. I wish I could have included this neat fact in my book, A Cool Summer Tail, about how animals stay cool in the heat!  

Boxing For Cuba by Guillermo Vincente Vidal

I am so impressed with this book.  Mr. Vidal, who was part of Operation Pedro Pan, is a breathtakingly honest writer and I am in awe of his bravery.  I highly recommend this memoir which is described on the book jacket as “an immigrant’s story of despair, endurance, and redemption.” Vidal has shared a haunting story told in a lyrical voice.