YA Diversity Book Club: Under a Painted Sky Discussion

Under a Painted Sky

Welcome to the June edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Stacey Lee’s historical western “Under a Painted Sky,” about two teenage […]


Blog Tour: INK AND ASHES by Valynne E. Maetani

Ink and Ashes

We’re excited to be part of the INK AND ASHES blog tour. The more I read about Valynne’s journey to write and get INK AND ASHES published, the more I wanted to read it. I love that she reportedly wrote INK AND ASHES for her sister Ashley “so she’d have a Japanese American protagonist to […]


#ReadRiordan: Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Percy Jackson

Percy Pack: #ReadRiordan

Happy 10th Anniversary, Percy Jackson! We’re big Rick Riordan fans in our family, so I’m thrilled to be a part of the #ReadRiordan Percy Pack. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the series’ start, we will be posting about the series nearly every month throughout the summer and fall. I credit Rick Riordan for cementing […]


Waiting on Wednesday: What We Left Behind

What We Left Behind

At BEA this year, I was lucky enough to attend the Harlequin Teen breakfast and met several HT authors and editors. I loved hearing from Editor T.S. Ferguson about how excited he was for Robin Talley‘s sophomore novel. “What We Left Behind.” We’re big fans of Robin’s, not only because we featured “Lies We Tell […]


Not at BEA? We’ve Got You Covered

BEA 2015

I’m lucky enough to be at BEA again this year, but I know it can be frustrating to see everyone’s huge book hauls and feel a sense of not exactly jealousy but more like major FOMO. Heck, even AT BEA it’s easy to succumb to the feeling of “I missed that!” I walked too slowly […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Welcome to the May edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Becky Albertalli’s adorable contemporary romance “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” […]


Kids Comics Q&A Blog Tour: David Rubin

5 questions

In honor of Children’s Book Week (which was earlier this month), Macmillan organized a month-long blog tour featuring Q&As (all written by Dragons Beware! authors Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado) with 32 different authors and illustrators of children’s and teen’s comics and graphic novels. For our stop on the tour, we’re featuring Jorge and Rafael’s […]


Author Appreciation: Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo

Last night Candlewick hosted a dinner for Kate DiCamillo with DC-area children’s book reviewers, and I was lucky enough to attend. Kate was in town as the Library of Congress’ National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Earlier in the day, she had participated in an event with former Ambassadors Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, who […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa photo_hi res

Welcome to the April edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read the highly anticipated debut fantasy novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa […]


Monday Quotes: YA Books in Verse

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, so we wanted to highlight YA books in verse this week. I know some readers are hesitant to read books in verse, but in my experience they’re wonderful, poignant, and so descriptive. I hope you’ll read this quotes and be inspired to give books in verse a try, especially if […]