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

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 a bunch of copies of the first...
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 —...
My Husband, a Picture Book, and the Future President

My Husband, a Picture Book, and the Future President

On Thursday, July 28, my husband, Kevin and I were having an ordinary old-married-couple evening, the kind of evening you might have after being together for nineteen years. We brought in sushi, listened to some throwback Simon & Garfunkel, and coordinated our...
The Teacher and the Rock Star

The Teacher and the Rock Star

For those of you that know me, you know Wonder by RJ Palacio is one of my favorite middle grade novels. It’s a book every elementary school kid should read or should have read before middle school. One of my favorite lines from Wonder comes from Auggie: “I think...