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. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Running with Wolves

No, we do not run with wolves in the summer. 
It's something slightly less scary, but nearly as tangled and free.
School's out! Tide's in! 

It's our creative breath and bread, 
embracing this warmth of days that ease into night.
Time to experiment.
Time to paint.
Time to play. 
Paint pens + plastic animals
+ eye screws + beads.
 Sometimes you just need to wear a rhino around your neck.
Time to read.
The wildebeests and I have retreated into our reading cozies. 
These beauties are in my stack:
Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson
The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

Happy sunshine, my friends!
Our summer story awaits!


A few book favorites so far:

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Papillon, the Very Fluffy Kitten by A.N. Kang
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carre


Monday, May 8, 2017

Teacherly treats

I've been gussying up these tiny friends for Teacher Appreciation Week.

...because we like a good party.

Especially one with pencils.

Especially one with teachers.

And because I'm so grateful to teachers
for sparking me to be the curious person that I am,
I'm sharing a few printables for educators and their fans everywhere.

Feel free to print and share.*

{*Please keep the love vibes going. Please don't sell these for profit.
Please keep my name credited with my work. Thanks!}


Thank you, Miss. B, Mrs. Walters, Mrs. Kelly, and Ms. Chu for sparking a love of words and books that still fire me up every day.

Thank you, teachers everywhere.


Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes
My Name is Yoon - Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska
The Dot - Peter H. Reynolds
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse - Kevin Henkes


 Love That Dog - Sharon Creech
Word After Word After Word - Patricia MacLachlan
A Year Of Miss Agnes - Kirkpatrick Hill
Ramona the Pest - Beverly Cleary
Frindle - Andrew Clements
Murder is Bad Manners - Robin Stevens


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