Adam Smith Knew We’d Love Jane Austen

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Ever wondered why her stories remain popular with generations of readers and movie-goers? Adam Smith, the economist and philosopher, helped me see Austen’s genius in a new light. My daughter led me to this. She’d been studying Adam Smith in college. She told me about his insights into… Read more »

“Take Five” with Before We Stood Tall

Today on “Take Five” I’m recommending Before We Stood Tall: From Small Seed to Mighty Tree. This picture book was written by Jessica Kulekjian and illustrated by Madeline Kloepper (Kids Can Press, 2021). From the front flap: “Discover the extraordinary life cycle of trees—in reverse! From mature tree to young tree to sapling to sprout… Read more »

Introducing “Take Five”—Book Talks in Five Bullets

I’m starting a series of short posts about children’s books I recommend. In each post, I will list five aspects of the text that strike me as memorable, magical, or noteworthy. My goal is to showcase great books while highlighting effective writing techniques. To kick off the series, I present an award-winning, nonfiction picture book… Read more »

One Week to Launch!

Night Becomes Day: Changes in Nature arrives in less than a week–on October 5! I received my author copies in the mail this week, and the printed pages are even more vivid than the digital images on my computer screen. As the book launch nears, I’d like to tell you about some upcoming events. First,… Read more »