By providing our children with great literature we can nurture the readers, writers, and thinkers of the future. Although writing for kids is a lot of fun, it should not be taken lightly. They demand entertainment, and we must provide it, but they also deserve real art — literature that is deep, fresh, beautiful, and challenging.
~ Molly Beth Griffin

New Kid Lit Diversity Graphic Goes VIRAL

by admin on September 20, 2016


I’m so excited, friends, that I was involved in the creation of this new image, with illustrator David Huyck and scholar Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, depicting the lack of representation of characters from diverse backgrounds in children’s literature. In the first three days the blog post got over 30,000 hits. We hope this image helps start discussions and leads to change in our industry. Read about its creation here.



RHODA has been nominated for a STAR OF THE NORTH AWARD!

April 21, 2016

I was the “mystery guest” at the announcement event last night at Mackin, and got to speak to a room full of enthusiastic teachers and librarians and kids and parents, sign a ton of books, and help celebrate the MN Youth Reading Awards. I’m told that somewhere in the ballpark of 42,000 kids will read […]

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Picture Book Salon has a new home!

December 8, 2015

DRUM ROLL PLEASE…. In 2016 we will be meeting on *FIRST-MONDAYS* in room 203, the large classroom on the second floor of Open Book, across from the Loft offices. Many of you know that we’ve outgrown the book club room, with salons drawing 30-40 writers and artists, and we’ve been roving all over the building […]

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May 28, 2015

I had the pleasure of accepting a Northeast Minnesota Book Award for Rhoda’s Rock Hunt last week in Duluth.  You can see all the winners here!

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Lyrical Picture Book starts May 26th!

May 18, 2015

Please join me for an 8-week distance learning course exploring the language of picture books!  You’ll receive PDF packets weekly in your email inbox covering topics from meter to rhyme to figurative language.  The class also includes one manuscript critique and submissions/publishing process information.  If you’re interested in amping up the read-aloud potential of your […]

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