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Thanks for Making 2017-18 a Great School Visit Year!

  40+ page book of watercolor art, kindness-inspired messages from a third grade class in Iowa made me 


Kindness Comes Back to Me–How an Iowa Class Made Me Smile

Like most authors, my goal is to write stories that resonate with young readers and adult readers alike. In the case of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, I hoped that kids would be inspired when they learned about how one person (and one horse) can make a profound [Read More]


TLA, A book launch, school visits, Classes I’m Teaching, Oh My!

Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words Much has happened within the last month. The book launch trailer for Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words released, which makes me all kinds of giddy. Then, on April 1, the book itself hit bookstore shelves. I hope you will get your own copy from your favorite independent bookstore and share it with the young [Read More]


Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words is on Shelves today. Cue the thank yous

I’ve spent the last several weeks sharing extended content about writing and researching Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words. Now that the April 1, 2018 official launch date has arrived, I am reflecting on the people who have supported the book’s journey and my publishing endeavors.   Texas-sized thanks to: My family—Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words began in 2012 for [Read More]


Meet me at TLA 2018!

I look forward to a school visit in Arlington the day after Easter, followed by three days at the Texas Library Association conference in Dallas. I’ll be schmoozing as many librarians and educators as possible during that time. If you will also be at TLA, please introduce yourself. Here’s my schedule: