Category Archives: gardening

To Catch a Frog

As some of you may know, I’ve spent the last few weeks searching for a frog to use in a trailer for How to Behave at a Tea Party, my book with illustrator Heather Ross that comes out this September. … Continue reading

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This bottle tree was a gift from my mom to celebrate the launch of Dream Boy, my book with Mary Crockett, which is out today. Mary and I we were friends before, but our friendship was truly sealed in the … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on waiting for reviews

They do not sell thicker skins at Target; I’ve looked. They don’t sell them at the indie shops downtown. Thicker skins don’t grow from seeds like corn and Swiss chard. You can’t paste them on with Elmer’s or Mod Podge. My … Continue reading

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Birthday of the Trees

It’s nearly Tu B’Shevat, the Birthday of the Trees, but you don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate your leafy friends. (See Arbor Day, Earth Day and Every Day.)  Here are some activities you might try with your kids, even in … Continue reading

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Five for Friday

1. I went to the Lithuanian Embassy this week where Ruta Sepetys spoke eloquently about her book in front of people who had lived her story. The Lithuanians called BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY “first words” on a subject that still … Continue reading

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