Why Do Friendships End?, a guest post by author Carol Dines

Author Carol Dines joins us today to talk about the inspiration for her latest YA novel, The Take-Over Friend. The idea of ​​BFFs forever and the media’s portrayal of friendship, particularly those of teenage girls, often sets up the expectation that you find your lifetime best friend early and you grow old together, weathering the … Read more

The Toughest “Tough Topic” of All, a guest post by Barbara Dee

Every book you write has its own special challenges. For Violets Are Bluemy challenge was to a protagonist who create her mom’s addiction without fully processing what she was seeing. For My Life in the Fish Tankmy challenge was to construct a narrative with a fractured chronology that would be coherent to a middle grade … Read more

how to write about food poverty in children’s literature, a guest post by Daisy May Johnson

Hi! My name is Daisy May Johnson and I’m the author of How To Be Brave and How To Be True. My books are about a group of girls who attend a boarding school called The School Of The Good Sisters and the adventures that they all get up to. The first thing you need … Read more

The inspiration behind My Name is Magic, a guest post by Xan van Rooyen 

Music is life. Other people need oxygen—I need music. So… more than a decade ago, I watched a random indie movie called Teenage Dirtbag. While I loved the movie, Iadored the soundtrack. One song in particular hit me really hard. It’s called You’re not Gonna Save Me by Geno Lenardo (sadly, it’s not on Spotify … Read more

The Quote is the Thing! How the Words of Change series was inspired by quotes from some of the most inspirational speakers of our time, a guest post by the Words of Change editor

“The things that make us different, those are our superpowers—every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren’ t in it.”—LENA WAIHE *(c) 2021 by Coco Romack All … Read more

Biracial Readers and Choosing a Side, a guest post by Michael Mann

Choosing sides I think biracial children, as readers, often have to choose a side. When I was younger, the choice was limited – I had Indian mythology for my dad’s side, and everything else for my English side. Now the choice has improved hugely. From Nizrana Farook to Roshani Chokshi, I feel envious of the … Read more