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That Unwritten Book

Lately I was asked to define art, something I normally wouldn’t attempt. Writing doesn’t feel like art (though I know it is), perhaps because of my journalism years before I entered book publishing. So what is art, and what drives … Continue reading

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Not a Selfie Kind of Gal

When I was asked to create a minute-long video about the release of Bobbie the Wonder Dog in its softbound edition, my first reaction was stage fright. I’m the one in the family who takes the pics, and I rarely … Continue reading

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Hardbound or softbound?

Most libraries and schools prefer to buy hardbound editions of children’s picture books. So do families with kids who are a bit rough on books. Some people pick hardbound books because they’re building a nice kidlit collection, or other little … Continue reading

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Ninja-Worthy Games

See that guy on the book cover? Can you do that? Me neither. Even if you’re the top athlete in your school, I seriously doubt you’ve developed the right muscles, the special balance, or pain tolerance, or downright stamina that … Continue reading

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Every State has a Book

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, the 2020 National Book Festival is coming right up, and I wanted to see the entire list of books nominated by the Center for the Book for each state and U.S. possession. You can … Continue reading

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Hello, National Book Festival!

Photographer Roy Corral are excited to learn that our book, Children of the First People, will represent Alaska at the 2020 National Book Festival in D.C. There are many firsts this year with COVID restrictions, and this is yet another … Continue reading

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Go Bobbie!

We just heard that our book Bobbie the Wonder Dog is on the current list for 2nd- and 3rd-grade readers in America’s Battle of the Books. And having Brown as a surname has landed me right next to Judy Blume … Continue reading

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New Board Books Highlight Alaska Native Talent

I’ve been honored to serve as editor of a publishing project instituted by Best Beginnings here in Alaska. If you haven’t heard of this amazing organization, you’ll learn that they’re a branch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and they mail … Continue reading

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What are you doing now?

I get that question often. Usually I can answer it with a quick, “Oh, I’ve got a couple of irons in the fire.” Sometimes authors aren’t free to talk about what’s coming up with a specific publisher, even if it … Continue reading

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We made the list!

We’re so pleased that Scholastic Teacher magazine included Children of the First People in its featured books for the Summer of 2019. Teacher friends, please check it out! Here’s what Chris Borris and Pari Deshpande Cohen had to say: “We’ve … Continue reading

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