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A KIDS’ GUIDE TO THE CORONAVIRUS a.k.a. THE CROWN BUG
As the coronavirus continues to unfold, kids are struggling with a new normal—social distancing, wearing masks, remote learning. This new 24-page “zine” answers some of the questions kids aged 7-10 are bound to have but might not be asking. Part-science, part-comic and 100% reassuring at a time when kids need to know that even in a world that can sometimes seem big and scary, most people are good, every single tiny act of kindness matters, and they can make a difference. The project is funded in part, by a grant from 4Culture, Seattle/King County Lodging Tax, Cultural Relief Creative Response Program, and with support from individual donors. Best news of all, digital copies are available here (for free!) in English, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, and French.


THINK SMART, BE FEARLESS: A BIOGRAPHY OF BILL GATES has been selected an as Amazon Editors’ Best Nonfiction Books for Children, 2019!


B IN THE WORLD has been selected by Seattle Public Schools as the book for third grade that aligns with the state health education standards of their K-5 Gender Book Kit to support teachers’ health education curriculum. Here is a list of all the selected books by grade level.


I have a new story, RIDICULOUS RICHES, in the Facere Jewelry Gallery’s publication “Signs of Life 2018.” Nine writers were asked to respond to a newly created piece of art jewelry with a story or poem, the only restriction being that we not write about jewelry. My point of departure was a beautiful aquamarine and gold ring by art jeweler Melinda Risk Jewelry.It was a lot of fun and I was honored to be asked to participate. The exhibition will be on display, along with the publication, at Facere’s Gallery in downtown Seattle’s City Center building through October 2018. Visit my blog to read more about the process and see Melinda’s image. You can also read my story here.


CHASING AT THE SURFACE has been selected as one of 2016’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12. The list is compiled yearly by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council and represents the best science trade books in an effort to help science educators access quality books that support student learning in science education. The list will appear in the March 2017 issue of NSTA’s elementary, middle and high school journals for teachers. Read more here


CHASING AT THE SURFACE wins the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award in the Children’s category. NOBA Chair Ron Watters describes the novel as having two main themes. “One about family and a long-held secret by Marisa’s mother. The other theme is the understanding Marisa develops about the delicate balance faced by marine mammals. The combination of the two keep the story flowing to a climactic end.” ~National Outdoor Book Award
Read more here


“As the orcas’ lives become increasingly imperiled, Marisa unleashes her imagination, her compassion, and her courage . . . Moments close to the orcas are breathtakingly described, accentuating the thrill as the whales breach, sound, and vocalize. Basing her story on actual events, the author has created a poignant novel that vividly celebrates the interconnected nature of all living creatures. Like the eerily beautiful voices of the orcas in the ocean, this book will haunt readers.” ~Kirkus Reviews
Read the full review here


CHASING AT THE SURFACE will be published by Westwards Press in October 2016!


BREATHE TO BOTH SIDES wins 1st Place in the 2015 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest for Middle Grade Fiction.


“B in the World” reaches 350 libraries in the U.S. and counting!

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