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Connect with Caring kids Around the world

We may eat different foods, celebrate different holidays and speak different languages but inside kids around the world are all the same. Empatico is a global movement to spread kindness and empathy through the world by connecting kids and classrooms and sharing our similarities and differences. Nearly 25,000 educators in 141 countries have already registered…. Read more »

A Great Kindness Curriculum

Caring is all around us. One of the “good guys” I’ve found who do an amazing job promoting caring and kindness is the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to connect people with kindness and actively teach kindness by developing and distributing lesson plans, tools and resources. Plus it’s all mapped… Read more »

INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED!

We can’t wait to share our new, smart, powerful TRUE story about a team of women who coded the future– INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED. It will be in bookstores and libraries everywhere in October. For now here’s the cover! Isn’t it gorgeous!

Another new book!

We can finally spill the beans! Disney will publish our second STEM picture book biography, PERKIN’S PURPLE. It’s the almost magical but totally true story of the boy who invented the chemistry that colored the world PURPLE! It will be in bookstores and libraries in 2020. We fell in love with William Perkin, a teenaged… Read more »

A Fabulous “New” Video of Elinor Smith!

See Elinor SOAR- and talk, too! The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collection has posted new archival footage of Elinor’s attempt to set the world altitude record- with her powerful Bellanca “Geraldine.” What a treat to hear Elinor’s own words as she describes her terrifying recovery when the engine suddenly stopped at 25,000… Read more »

Great News! A New Book!!

News Flash! My Vermont College of Fine Arts classmate Debbie Dunn and I sold our new book WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS. WANTED will be published by Disney-Hyperion in 2019. Common wisdom suggests computers are an exclusively male domain– ironic when one considers that women invented computer programming. WANTED: WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS tells the story of a team… Read more »

RADIANT News!

My next book, RADIANT MAN, a picture book biography of radiant, ground breaking artist Keith Haring will be published by fabulous Joy Peskin at Farrar Straus and Giroux Books For Young Readers in Spring 2017!  

Why We Love Middle Grade Books!

Recently I had the chance to speak with Candlewick Press editor Kaylan Adair. Kaylan has edited a number of outstanding middle-grade novels including Down Sand Mountain by Steve Watkins, Small As An Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and the upcoming Garden Princess by Kristin Kladstrup.  She was even the American editor of A Monster Calls… Read more »

Levitation- or the fine art of suspending disbelief

We’ve all seen the act. The magician waves his wand over the prone body of his lovely assistant and suddenly she rises, suspended in mid-air. He sweeps a hoop across her. “See? No wires!” And we believe. The woman is floating. The magician is MAGIC. Rationally we know this cannot be true. There’s no such… Read more »