Books

JambaLAya Is a Wrap!

JambaLAya Kidlit 2022 wrapped us last weekend. So why do we attend SCBWI conferences? To learn from the best and the brightest. This year picture book author/illustrator Leslie Staub, “Arc and Refrain”; middle grade and picture book author Marti Dumas, “The Writer’s Journey”; agent Saba Sulaiman from Talcott Notch Literary “Tackling (and Surviving!) the Query… Read more »

Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River by Karen Konnerth

Middle grade and young adult novels are my favorite reading, but who doesn’t love a great picture book? Calliope Kate was born on a shanty boat on the Mississippi River in the late 1800s. This tall-tale heroine can “out-shout a thundercloud, knit a sock big enough to keep a whole family warm, and pull every… Read more »

Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas

In Wildseed Witch, the first of a middle grade fantasy series, 13-year old Hasani discovers she’s a witch. No sooner than you can say #BlackGirlMagic, she receives a scholarship to a “charm” school where for generations girls from witch families have learned to harness their magic. Can Hasani learn to manage her gift, see herself… Read more »

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Bug doesn’t want to spend the summer learning how to apply makeup or plan a new wardrobe to get ready for middle school, like best friend Moira. Bug has more important things to do, like figuring out why a ghost is haunting Bug in the eerie old house that is home. And maybe in figuring… Read more »