What Keeps Me Strong in These Days – Checking IN and Blessings OUT

Children's Books as a Personal Practice

These days, these days, these days. Everything changing. So much discomfort. Everywhere hope and courage. So much waking up as the children take to the streets speaking truth OUT loud. So much more waiting in the wings. These days, I close much of my correspondence with “take good care through …

Releasing for President’s Day: When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times

Seeding the journey out

Today is the official release of my new children’s book, When a Bully is President: Truth and Creativity for Oppressive Times. Decolonization. De-escalation. Disengagement. True power. Resilience. Creative force. Equity. Inner authority. Self-care. Community respect. Self love. I didn’t pause. I sat down and wrote the truth book as soon …

Mother, America

Now I Know

Mother, America America. Like my mother I can never be fully separated from you. Born here. This is where I learned to breathe, to walk the earth, love the people. I know the seasons and the sun, the way the clouds come and where the winds go. American. You named …

What I Learned from 3 Years of Teaching How to Make Children’s Books

#ownvoices in Children’s Books: A State of Emergency/ Blog Series 2 of 3

I’m no stranger to the inequities that exist for People of Color, Indigenous and Queer authors and artists. I’ve been teaching and lecturing about it and its impact for 20 years in the children’s book industry. I speak from knowing and teach from understanding on a personal level. So why …

COMING OUT for our Kids in the Children’s Book Industry

Making Books that Center LGBTQ Kids

A Book That Shows How Creativity Can Keep You Strong When You’re Courageously Being Yourself The Boy Who Drew Dresses/the Very True Tale of a Perfectly Gay Little Boy will be published by Reflection Press in 2017 This is a story about my friend Paul Gallo. Today he is a …