“Creating Words and Pictures for The Spacesuit – How Authors and Illustrators Work Together”
Alison Donald: Just like the Apollo program, a book is a product of a collaboration of a team. I’ve always wished I could draw. I can see […]
“Making Lemonade out of Lemons: Creating Humor out of Sadness”
One of the things I’m asked most often about my debut middle grade novel, SUPER JAKE & THE KING OF CHAOS, is the role of humor – specifically how there’s so much in what could be a very sad book. Both […]
“Suspension of Disbelief: Walking the Fine Line”
In many works of science fiction or fantasy, books or movies, the reader or viewer is often required to do what’s called “suspending disbelief.”
This means that the reader must gently suppress some of the logical response to features of the story in order to enjoy […]
“Understanding Race in a Country Divided”
Race and racism can be tricky topics to discuss in the classroom. With so many diverse experiences, perspectives, and opinions on these emotionally-charged issues, it can be tempting to avoid conversations about race to skirt potential conflict.
But if there’s any hope of creating greater harmony and […]
“Feminism: Finding Our Way Forward”
Do you think men and women are equal? Do you think women around the world enjoy the same rights and privileges as men? What about jobs—can men and women work the same jobs and get paid the same for their work?
Many people believe that all people should […]
“Transgender and Non-Binary People Have Always Been Here”
There’s been a lot of news in the last few years about transgender and non-binary people. Yet many folks don’t know for sure what the words “transgender” or “non-binary” mean.
Adding to the confusion are headlines and articles that declare that the fight for transgender […]
“Helping Kids Understand the Immigration Debate”
The United States is a nation of immigrants. With the exception of Native Americans, everyone living here has immigrant ancestors hanging from their family tree. Many of you live or work or attend school with immigrants. Some of you see an immigrant when you look in the […]
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