Authors and Their Stories

As an author, I’m fascinated with where stories come from.


“Where do you get your ideas?”


This is the question you never want to ask at an author talk—it will elicit eye rolling, throat clearing, or a quick change of subject. Nevertheless, I love learning about authors and their stories.

We […]

Why We Need Libraries

You are a reader.

Like me, you love books and believe in their power. Granted, I’m preaching to the choir, but there’s something I want you to read because it will thrill you. Here’s an essay to answer the question: “Why do we need libraries?” It gives words to unarticulated feelings […]

Outside In

Today I delight in sharing with you: Outside In, by Jennifer Bradbury.

This would be a great read-aloud book, or read it to yourself, as I did.

The summary:

A street boy named Ram in Chandigarh, India, the Ramayana (Hindu mythology), and an artist bringing those gods and their adventures to […]

Neil Gaiman

Let’s celebrate the greatness of author Neil Gaiman.

Big, Fat, Popular Books

On my way home from a recent family reunion, my connecting flight in San Francisco was delayed. I wandered around and, of course, found a bookstore. I eventually benefited by gaining one “best-selling underground novel” (for adults) entitled American […]

More Wonderful Elephant Books

I recently brought to your attention two wonderful elephant books in my post Love, Loss, and Elephants. (Read it here.) This week I bring you two more wonderful elephant books.


Today’s first wonderful elephant book:

Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal wining author of The Tale […]

Clever Spin-Offs

What childhood stories have stayed with you?

The Oz books? Narnia? Harry Potter? When those fantastic imaginary worlds are in the public domain, we readers get to enjoy clever spin-offs by other authors inhabiting those same mythic worlds. League of Archers by Eva Howard is one of those clever spin-offs.

The […]

Hidden Figures

I usually stick to book recommendations in this blog—mostly those books of roughly the same genre as my own. But I’m making an exception today by recommending a movie to my fans: Hidden Figures. You’ve got to see it!


The connection to my books is thematic.

Both my books and […]

Love, Loss, Elephants

Today’s book recommendations are thematic—for big-hearted elephant-loving readers.

Love, Loss, Elephants…


One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High is the poignant tale of twelve-year-old Lily Pruitt mourning the death of her grandfather with the help of his circus elephant, Queenie Grace.


Alternating between the points of view of Lily and […]

Fantastical Fate

Have you ever dreamed of discovering your own fantastical fate? Of learning you are powerful beyond your wildest imaginings? I have. It’s one of the things that led me to write The Curse of the Neverland.

If you have, you’ll like today’s recommendation. It has themes and circumstances in common with my books and characters, […]

Storytelling Styles

Storytelling styles stay with you…

I have a vivid memory of the first time I read Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson—my father read it aloud at our family evening “story hour.” The story held me in its grips—gritty, thrilling, slightly scary, and magnetic.

The Vanishing Island, by Barry Wolverton—first in his […]