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What Five Years as a Children’s Writer Means

I realized upon logging in to my Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators account the other day that I have been with SCBWI for five years. That raises the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of OZ

Today is the 75th anniversary of the release  of the most famous version of The Wizard of Oz — the one starring Judy Garland. Two months from now will see … Continue reading

August 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making the Leap from Picture Book to Middle-Grade Biography

How the Judy Garland biography came to be. Last January, I was hired to write picture book text for three books on Judy Garland. The largest of the three would … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mary Dyer’s Impact on the First Amendment

Sunday, May 25th, was the 227th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention. It’s not one of those anniversaries that’s easy to remember, like the 200th (1987), but it’s worth remembering because … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment