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“Children’s Authors Read Bad Reviews of Their Own Books”

As an author I can tell you that this video series  makes me feel better after having to deal with book review trolls on my own books. 


Thunder Rose (2007)

“Thunder Rose is an African-American child born on a stormy night abuzz with booming thunder, flashing lightning, and hailing rain. Her parents are awestruck by her remarkable gifts, which include forming a ball out of lightning, speaking in full sentences minutes after her birth, and snoring through a booming, thunderous rumble. 

It is clear that Rose is no ordinary child. She can lift a cow over her head and almost drink it dry, and as she grows, she does incredible metalwork with scraps of iron she finds around the ranch. She uses her handiwork to restrain cattle, round up would-be rustlers, and lasso and squeeze the rain out of the clouds. She fearlessly faces down a couple of tornadoes and calms them with her “song of thunder." 

Nolen and Nelson offer up a wonderful tale of joy and love, as robust and vivid as the wide West.”

By Jerdine Nolen, Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

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Teaching your child to never say “no” to an authority is not preparing them for adulthood. At all. Instead, it prepares them to fall into patterns of abuse or dysfunction. It prepares them to obey an unreasonable or abusive boss rather than going to HR or quitting and finding another job. And so forth. Children need to know that they can say “no” to those in authority over them, both as children and, in the future, as adults. 

In the present, before they grow up, teaching children not to say “no” to an adult makes them perfect targets for abusers. A child who has been taught never—ever—to say “no” to an adult is laid open and ready for grooming and abuse. Children very badly need to know that they can say “no” to adults.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Ronald Dahl

Roald Dahl born on this day 100 years ago , 13th September 1916.

Roald Dahl was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Wales. This date is celebrated internationally as Roald Dahl Day. His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.

Dahl is known for his unique style of writing for children, which incorporates fantasy into the real world, and much of his writing was influenced by specific childhood experiences.

Dahl wrote 19 books for children which include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, and The Twits.  Some of these, including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and recently The BFG have been made into very successful movies. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.

The State Library of New South Wales holds copies of his many books and also translations into other languages, including Spanish, Polish and Macedonian.

Dahl died of leukaemia on 23 November 1990.


One Crazy Summer

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

P.S. Be Eleven

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it “historical fiction that’s as full of heart as it is of heartbreak” and The Horn Book considering it “funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking.”

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Okay, legitimate question time about Hogwarts’ Hospital Wing and what actually necessitates a visit to St Mungos.

  • Petrified by a basilisk? Nah. It may take all year, but we’ll just keep them here, sorry muggle parents.
  • Turned into an anthromorphic cat? No worries! Pomfrey will figure it out. Eventually.
  • Nearly killed by Department of Mysteries miscellany and numerous Death Eaters? They’re fiiiine.
  • Possessed by Voldemort for nearly a year? Dumbledore says all you need is a nap, stop whining.
  • Ravaged my an un-turned werewolf? Like St Mungos would know what to do, Mrs W just give Fleur that salve already.
  • Cursed by a necklace? No tha– oh, crap. Yes alright, take her to Mungos.

Damn, Poppy Pomfrey has her hands full.


I Am Living in 2 Homes

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds and two homes. Follow the twins from I Am Mixed as they both address the difficulties of having parents who are no longer together and discover the benefits of having two very different homes to explore and enjoy.

I Am Living in 2 Homes is the second installment in the I Am book series, which shines a light on and celebrates the ever-growing diversity that exists in the lives of today’s children.

I Am Living in 2 Homes and I Am Mixed were co-created and co-written by celebrity actress and TV personality Garcelle Beauvais.



Coraline & Stardust, Chu’s Day & Fortunately the Milk, American Gods & Sandman… Do you love Neil Gaiman’s work? So do we!

In this interview with Reading Rainbow Neil Gaiman talks about the first books he loved, how he raised his kids to be readers, and the one book he’d love to give away to everyone for free. READ and REBLOG:


Willimena Rules! Book Series

How to Lose Your Class Pet #1

How to Fish for Trouble #2

How to Lose Your Cookie Money #3

How to (almost) Ruin Your School Play #4

23 Ways to Mess up Valentine’s Day #5

How to Face Up to the Class #6

Valerie Wilson Wesley…

is a graduate of Howard University and holds master’s degrees from both the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is married to noted screenwriter and playwright Richard Wesley and has two adult daughters. Wesley’s books for children include the Willimena Rules! series, Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story and Where Do I Go From Here, and The Afro-bets Book of Black Heroes, which she co-wrote with Wade Hudson.