This is a year of great celebration! It’s the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. When I flip through the pages of a Little Golden Book, I travel back to a time when the Poky Little Puppy nosed through my childhood bedroom, the Fuzzy Duckling swam … Continue readingCelebrating 75 Years of Little Golden Books
Of the 100+ books I read this year, these are the 12 that stayed with me. They share only one thing in common: Each sentence made me want to get to the next one.
You don’t have to look far to be troubled. Turn on the television. Scroll through your social media feed. People are angry and frustrated. People are so angry and frustrated that they can’t sympathize with the angry and frustrated people on the opposite side of … Continue readingBooks Take Us Somewhere When We Have Nowhere to Go
Because we’re all 12. Were you bullied at 12? I bet you remember that bully’s name. I bet you could tell me what his face looked like, or the color of her hair. Did you ever feel awkward? I bet you remember where you were and … Continue readingWhy Do I Write Middle-Grade?
Time for another installment of Book Spine Flash Fiction, crafted especially for you from Erin’s Bookshelf. Here goes: Her magical thinking spit back a boy, burning down the house, world and town. Rosemary’s baby was falling into place, wrestling the angel. Her parched son, on … Continue readingNew Book Spine Flash Fiction!
In the early 1800s, a five-story milking house and barn was built in West Chester, Pa., packed with cozy nooks, creaking stairways and stone walls. Today, it’s known as Baldwin’s Book Barn, a used and rare bookstore that carries thousands of old titles, maps and … Continue readingFound Treasure: Taro and the Tofu (1962)
There’s a semi-regular Facebook game that asks people to list ten books that have stayed with them in some way. The rules: Don’t think too much about it and don’t worry about being “un-literary.” Just list books that left a lasting impression. [As a sidenote: … Continue reading10-Book Challenge: Accepted!
It’s not often that I pick up a book without really knowing what it’s about. I have a fairly standard ritual before I make a purchase: I read the jacket and/or back cover. If I’m compelled, I read the first page. If I’m further compelled, … Continue readingStephanie Kuehn, author of CHARM & STRANGE