word craft




Ah, A I

Gram­marly instruct­ed me that my pri­ma­ry writ­ing prob­lem is com­mas. That, I believe.

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Little Free Library, Denver

My Library Life

When I was a kid, liv­ing in Brook­lyn, NY, a Fri­day vis­it to the local pub­lic library was part of our fam­i­ly routine.

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Visiting Chickens

Yes­ter­day, when I pulled into the park­ing lot of Denver’s Park Hill Ele­men­tary School, I was imme­di­ate­ly greet­ed by the cluck­ing of chickens.

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Where the Red Fern Grows by

Early Reading

Nev­er for­got­ten: Have you had such a moment, such a teacher, such a book? I invite you to share it with us. Leave your com­ment here or on the blog.

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The Zone of Interest

See it. Listen to it.

The movie shows us that even as we con­tin­ue our lives, we often are, at some lev­el, aware of what is hap­pen­ing and choos­ing to ignore it.

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Publishers Weekly Fall 2023 Children's Announcements

Publishing after Covid

While in many respects the Covid pan­dem­ic is behind us (but not, sad­ly, com­plete­ly) it has had a long-term impact on many aspects of our soci­ety. That includes the world of books and pub­lish­ing and the peo­ple who cre­ate them.

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Lost in the Empire City

Lost in the Empire City

Although I have not lived there for some­thing like fifty years I con­fess, I still con­sid­er myself a New York­er. So it’s no sur­prise that ten of my books have mean­ing­ful New York City settings.

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Getting Used to Rejection

If one is a writer one of the things you get used to is rejec­tion. It’s nev­er pleas­ant but can be mem­o­rable. And some­times, in ret­ro­spect, even funny. 

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