Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Break!

Book heaps. 

 Signs of Spring Break.


Happy Spring, my friends!
Here's to finding our wings
in every wind and weather. 

My books this week:

Big Cat, Little Cat - Elisha Cooper
The Stray Dog - Marc Simont
Happy In Our Skin - Frann Manushkin, Lauren Tobia
The Journey - Francesca Sanna
Colette's Lost Pet - Isabelle Arsenault
Girl with a Brave Heart - Rita Jahanforuz, Vali Mintzi
Orange Pear Apple Bear - Emily Gravett
Deep in the Forest - Brinton Turkle
Sam and Jump - Jennifer K. Mann
Red Wagon - Renata Liwska
Flashlight - Lizi Boyd
The Sea Serpent and Me - Dashka Slater, Catia Chien
Doll Bones - Holly Black
Switch- Ingrid Law

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Dear Genius: the Letters of Ursula Nordstrom - by Ursula Nordstrom & Leonard S. Marcus

Thursday, March 29, 2018


It's my stroke anniversary. 

Five years!

Because I had trouble finding my writing words 
after the stroke, 
I started making art in earnest. 

Isn't it beautiful 
that troubles can become the soil 
for new gardens? 

Friday, March 2, 2018

new news

I'm so thrilled to share my news with you:
I'm now represented by Molly O'Neill at Root Literary.
Here's to all the words ahead -
The scribbles, sketches, 
 fresh pages,
new chapters,
Here's to exuberance -
all those story seeds wishing their way into the world 
- and to hope.

If you're interested, I'd love to show you my new website:

I'll still tend this blog when I can, 
still share my lovely finds
 of life and books and story-making, 
wildebeest-wrangling, life-learning, and looking for joy in the daily dirt.
Thank you for supporting and encouraging and connecting with me
through the past eight years. 
Thank you.

Here's to our adventures ahead!  

Saturday, January 27, 2018

reading with Halmoni

Halmoni and her twins

She doesn't talk much about herself, and it is a rare treat
when my mother-in-law shares stories of her childhood in Korea. 
I love when she laughs.  
I love that she sparkles when she dresses up,
that she doses our ills with great pots of spicy soup,  
that she is delightedly happy when surrounded by grandchildren. 

Multicultural Children's Book Day is an international event created by children's reading and play advocates Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen to celebrate diversity in children's books, 
and to help get diverse books into classrooms and libraries. 
The theme this year is #ReadYourWorld.

Here's to our one world and the many people and stories that make it beautiful.   



The Twins' Blanket - Hyewon Yum
Wave - Suzy Lee
The Name Jar - Yangsook Choi
Bee-Bim-Bop! - Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
This is Our House - Hyewon Yum
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match - Monica Brown, illustrated by Sara Palacios
Happy in Our Skin - Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
The Sandwich Swap - Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Kelly DiPucchio, ill. by Tricia Tusa
Thunder Boy, Jr. - Sherman Alexie, ill. by Yuyi Morales

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Post

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I wish you joy, love, light, and a hopeful new year.

Be well! Have peace! Shine bright!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Caldecott Season!

It's Caldecott season!  

We're going more self-serve 
for our library Caldecotts this year.

 The entire library community gets to take part in evaluating our Caldecott Contenders.

 Here is the ballot: 

So many beauties! 
What a challenge to narrow down the favorites!

Have you read any of our contenders? 

What are your Caldecott predictions?

Here is lovely Librarian Martha. She is a fount of creativity, kindness, and wisdom. 
Plus, she lets me run with scissors and bookish ideas. 
She is adored by our entire community.
 Just a smattering of some of our books...
And this. 
Because my library is a book-happy place.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I've been so riled up this week, reading headlines of outspoken racism 
and wondering what my place is 
in this world of angry torches and dim fear. 
I've been brooding, thinking, praying, heartbroken, wondering. 

How do we fight hatred?
How do we stand up for what is so clearly wrong?
How do we stand up to corruption in the grand scheme?

This is my small thing - making small art that says:
"Love. Love. Love."

Love does not divide. 
Love does not spit out hatred. 
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is faithful. 
Love is gracious. 

Love is humble. 
Love doesn't shout, "I'm the best!"
Love gives the best part of the cookie to that hungry kid over there.
Love gives its socks and its coat and its last pennies. 

Love is ancient. 
Love is before and beyond us. 
Love lives on and on with each small gift,
with each humble word,
kind action, 
each forgiveness.

Love. Love. Love. 


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