Author Archives: Joanna

Author Interview – Sandy Stark-McGinnis

I met Sandy during the SCBWI Nevada 2012 Mentorship program, and we bonded instantly although at the time we were writing for different age groups. We became crit partners and I can honestly say that I believe Sandy’s Middle Grade … Continue reading

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PLAYDATE – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Title: Playdate Author: Maryann Macdonald Illustrator: Rahele Jomepour Bell  Publisher: Albert Whitman and Co, 2019 Ages: 1-3, 24 pages Themes: play date, rhyme, common words Opening: Me. You. One. Two. Synopsis: A picture book with minimal text and maximum impact, as portrayed through both … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Birds — Middle Grade Book Recommendation

Title:  Extraordinary Birds Author: Sandy Stark-McGinnis Publisher: Bloomsbury, April 30th, 2019 Ages: 8-12 Themes: birds, belonging, family, friendship, scars,foster homes, trauma, abandonment, hope, transgender Opening: At the third tier of branches, my heart starts to beat fast. Birds need a fast heartbeat. … Continue reading

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