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

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 the nominated titles in the next year, and vote for their favorites. I am beyond excited to be honored with this nomination, and to be in the company of these amazing titles.  Find out about the award and the other nominees here.

If you’re a teacher or librarian who will be reading these titles and voting, and you’d like me to come speak at your school, please check out my school visit information here.

Star of the North Award Nominees for 2016-17 Star of the North Award Nominees for 2016-17

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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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RHODA’S ROCK HUNT wins a NEMBA!

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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HoverDraft Reading March 28th

March 17, 2015

Join me at Addendum for a reading of works-in-progress!  I’m presenting alongside Sarah Warren, Peter Pearson, and Jennifer Bell in this exciting new reading series, curated and hosted by Stephanie Watson. Saturday, March 28th, 7pm, at Addendum in St. Paul.  Details here!

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