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Talking SUPER HERO HIGH with KidLit Super Hero, Lisa Yee

Last year, when I first heard about Lisa Yee’s new Super Hero High series, I could barely control my excitement. Even before I got...
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Cover Reveal — Tournament of Champions!

Six weeks from today, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, the next book in my Rip and Red middle grade series, hits shelves. I am counting...
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A Book Comes to Life: First Grade Dropout

When we lived in Brooklyn, whenever we saw our friends, it was usually only for a quick bite or a drink or to chill...
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The Boy from the Book Trailer Needs Our Help

If you’ve seen the book trailer for my middle grade novel, A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME, you know who Reece is. Well, Reece needs our help....
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The Dedication: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Blog Post

A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME is for Erin. Erin is Erin Murphy. Erin’s my agent. In the acknowledgments, I wrote: The words — “listening to the music...
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Book Talking A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME

If you’re looking to introduce my middle grade novel, A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME, to your students, I’ve created an under-two minute book talk. It’s...
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NCTE 2015

Boo-yah!! Hootie-Hooooo!! This week, I’ll be at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I haven’t attended NCTE in...
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The Value of the High School Author Visit

Last week, I went back to high school. When I visit schools these days, more often than not, I’m visiting elementary and middle schools....
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Celebrating Cornelius!

On Friday, I received a pretty awesome piece of snail mail — the certificate designating MARVELOUS CORNELIUS a Junior Library Guild selection! Hootie-Hooooo!! All...
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Yet Another Reason Why Author Visits Matter

This is Kaylee. She’s holding her new writer’s notebook. During all my school visit presentations, I always hold up my writer’s notebook. I tell...
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A Modern Day Folktale: MARVELOUS CORNELIUS Blog Post

MARVELOUS CORNELIUS is a modern day folktale. If you teach folktales in your classroom or library, please consider using this text. Here are some of...
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The Importance of Mentor Texts: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Blog Post

I believe in mentor texts. They are an invaluable teaching tool and an invaluable learning tool. When I visit schools, I always talk about...
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The Character of Mr. Acevedo: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Blog Post

“I want to see more of you in this book.” That’s what my editor Wes said to me when we were going over an...
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A Dog Story with a Happily Ever After Ending

Several weeks back, we placed a difficult post on social media about our rescue dog Cleveland, who we had adopted four months earlier: “Sadly,...
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Working with Lowernine.org — A HURRICANE KATRINA 10th ANNIVERSARY Blog Post

Next week marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Next week, I’ll be back in New Orleans for the first time in several years....
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The Start of A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME!

Today is a circle-the-calendar day, one of those days where you put multiple stars across the top of your journal entry. I can safely...
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Room 208: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Blog Post

(This is the second in a series of blogs for my new middle grade novel, A Whole New Ballgame, the first book in the...
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What’s in a Name? A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME Blog Post

          (This is the first in a series of blogs for my new middle grade novel, A Whole New Ballgame,...
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The Story of the Book Trailer

Sometimes you realize you’re part of something special as it was happening. This was one of those instances. If you have three minutes, please...
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NIght at the Stadium!

I’m not very good at keeping secrets…especially secrets as big as this one! Finally, I’m able to announce my new picture book coming next...
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Marvelous Cornelius: Book Trailer Premiere!

Next month, my new picture book MARVELOUS CORNELIUS comes out. The amazing paintings were done by John Parra. The book is the story of...
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Teachers Write — Tuesday Quick-Write!

Every summer Kate Messner hosts her impressive Teachers Write, a free virtual summer writing camp for teachers and librarians. The summer camp kicked off yesterday,...
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Pride, Marriage Equality, and the KidLit Community

It is so ordered. Friday June 26th, 2015 will forever be one of those circle the calendar days. One aspect I’ll never forget is...
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Welcome to My New Look Website

Hey All… So this week, I’m launching my new look website. It’s got a ton of new features, and I’m hoping (really hoping) it’s going...
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To the Read Aloud!

(The following blog post originally appeared on March 4 on The Nerdy Book Club site) This one time, for read aloud, we read Kathi...
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Some Tips

Do I have any writing tips?  Absolutely.  Some of them, I’m sure you’ve heard before. Still, if you follow some or all of the...
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