Happy 5th Birthday to The Poison Box!

My most beloved book baby, The Poison Box, turns 5 years old today. Actually, that only marks her debut into the world. She’s actually much older than that - more like 23 years old! I started that book when I was 19 years old and rewrote it several times until I was satisfied with it.

I’m launching a week-long celebration on social media to honor my sweet book baby. I love this book so much and am so proud of the work I put into it. And Mary Raedwolfe, the protagonist, has become a dear, dear companion over these long decades. In fact, I’m still writing her story. I’m almost finished with the next book in the series, and halfway done with the third!

Here’s a video in which I talk about the book, and the sequels. Please forgive the video - my camera really did a number on me and there are a few places in the video where the audio and video don’t match up (ugh, major pet peeve of mine!). My apologies. Maybe just listen instead of watching. ;)

Please follow along on social media and join in the fun!

Thank you, friends and readers for your support.

Pre-Reading Tips

It’s a myth that a successful reading session with your child would look like them (or you) reading a book cover to cover together without any other discussion. There is actually much more to a successful reading session than you might realize. In this short video, find out what you can do before you even start reading together to build a strong reading practice.

Introducing the triplets

~June 9, 2017~ This is the second time I captured the triplets on video (the first being the day I discovered there were three - not two - of them). I had already observed the tight-knit relationship between Lyra and Sirius, and knew that Vesper was always on her own. Incredibly, I referred to Vesper here as the "reluctant" one. At the time I filmed this, I hadn't written - or even conceived of - The Reluctant Owlet. It's amazing to see how one observation can plant a seed in the mind that later becomes a piece of our creative fabric.

Have you subscribed to my YouTube channel yet?

I’ve got some really exciting, fun projects over at my YouTube channel. I’m working on two series that will be released over the course of the next few months:

LITTLE OWL LITERACY

Now that I’m a children’s book author, I have an excuse to talk about one of my favorite subjects: literacy. I used to be a teacher and literacy specialist, and there’s something about decoding text that really revs my engine. (#LiteracyGeek) Throughout this video series, I share many of the tips I learned in grad school and during my experience as a teacher. You’ll get to know “literacy lingo” and receive actionable steps to take to help your child build their literacy skills - something that can be a challenge in a world filled with distractions.

OWLING 101

A lot of people have asked me to share advice on how they can become owlers. In this video series, I outline all my tips for starting a successful owling hobby - from safety to sartorial requirements.

Be sure to check it out. Videos will be released about once a week (for the most part, the two series will alternate from week to week). If you like them, subscribe and forward to a friend.

Enjoy!