September is Hispanic Heritage Month. Our picks this month celebrate this rich culture. Enjoy! Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina: A sometimes heartbreaking, but mostly heart-warming story about Merci as she weaves in and out of her school life and her home life, facing difficulties in both. It’s especially challenging for her to understand and accept the mental decline of her beloved grandfather, Lolo, due to Alzheimers. It [...]
September 13th is Roald Dahl Day. Did you know his book Matilda is full of helpful advice for writers? Here are 5 favorite quotes from Matilda providing wise advice. “Never do anything in halves. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.” (Do not be afraid to go where your imagination takes you.) “She felt fairly confident that with a great deal of practice and effort, she would succeed [...]
Great writers know... You may not be a great writer yet, but as long as you keep moving toward your goal, you'll be successful eventually. Keep moving! Keep writing!
Learning online isn’t just for kids. You could be too! I’ve been amazed at the online learning opportunities that have popped up in the last few weeks for writers. The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has free seminars through April. You do have to be a member to register, but if you’re interested in writing children’s books, being a member of SCBWI is something you should do anyway. Check out their digital [...]
Just launched in January, Josie Booom and the Emergency of Life by Susan Hill Long, tackles tough topics in a hilarious and heart-warming story that will resonate with kids. We asked Josie about her writing journey. Middle Grade Mojo: It’s a scary feeling for anyone to have to care for an elder with dementia. I can’t imagine how scary it must be for kids, when an older adult is behaving in bizarre and unpredictable ways. [...]
Happy book birthday to Jill Diamond for her latest middle grade novel, Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza. We asked Jill about her path to publishing. Middle Grade Mafia: Where did you find inspiration for Lou Lou and Pea and the Bicentennial Bonanza and the diverse cast of characters? Jill Diamond: Lou Lou and Pea's community of El Corazón is based on the Mission District in San Francisco. I have lived in or near the [...]
Authors Shelly Brown and Chad Morris have a new middle-grade novel out called MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE and we got the 4-1-1 from Shelly! (Four questions we ask every author, one Mafia’s choice, and one photo.) FOUR Shelly, what was the inspiration for this book? This book was inspired by the true story of our daughter who has an inexplicable love of mustaches, eats too many potatoes, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor in elementary school. We [...]