A High Five For Dad, A High Five For Glenn Burke

A High Five For Dad,
A High Five For Glenn Burke

A High Five For Dad, A High Five For Glenn Burke My dad will never read my new middle grade novel, A High Five for Glenn Burke. Even if he does, he won’t remember it. He has dementia.   I said goodbye to my dad last summer on July 16. Well, I said goodbye to a...
A High Five For Andrew Clements

A High Five For Andrew Clements

A High Five For Andrew Clements Thank you, Andrew Clements.   Like thousands of other classroom teachers over the past twenty plus years, I shared the novel Frindle by Andrew Clements with my students. In class 6-413 at the West Farms School in the Bronx in the...
Make This Year the Year of the Author Visit

Make This Year the Year of the Author Visit

Every student deserves to experience an author visit. It doesn’t matter if they attend a rural Title I school in York County, Nebraska or an elite prep school on the Upper West Side of New York City, every student should have the opportunity to experience an author...
Dav Pilkey, A Real-Life Superhero

Dav Pilkey, A Real-Life Superhero

Dav Pilkey, A Real-Life Superhero This is a full-circle story, twenty years in the making. Back in 1997, I was teaching sixth grade in the Tremont section of the Bronx. My new boyfriend (now husband) at the time worked as an associate editor at Scholastic. He gave me...
My Author Website — Skytemple Runs the Show!

My Author Website — Skytemple Runs the Show!

As a children’s book author, I’m really a small business owner. The idea that an author gets to spend hours and hours every day being creative in his or her cozy writing cottage is pure fiction. Much of my time is spent doing administrative work —...