Barbara The Budgie Inspires Middle Grade Book Blog on Birds

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be the caretaker of a pet bird. A budgie. That’s a parakeet for non-bird people.…


YA for MG readers

Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems. Normally I write about middle grade fiction. For this post, I wanted…


Found 'em in the Little Free Library

A Little Free Library is a small, wooden box commonly in the shape of a house, mounted on a post, and packed with books. The…


Friends and Frenemies

Friends are the family people choose. “Friends are the figures who support us and who shape us, who help us become the best…


Wildlife Over Waste

I have a great little quote on my office bulletin board that reads: “Animals don’t litter. Humans do.” The manuscript that…


3 Fun and Creative Ways To Do Research

Setting the scene I consider myself a fact finder. I love looking up information about a variety of topics—whether it’s the…


December: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

My twin sons are turning 18 at the end of this month. At the dinner table the other night Twin A informed us that he had…


Safari Adventures: Elephants In Crisis

“When a poacher kills an elephant, he doesn’t just kill the elephant who dies. The family may lose the crucial memory of…


Safari Adventures: Khalid, The Secondary Character, Takes Center Stage

“He [Chris] watched as Khalid moved from the cool shade of the welcome center to stand under an acacia tree. Chris noticed…


Safari Adventures: The Largest Land Mammal

I have done so much research on African elephants over the years that I found the easiest way to keep track of all the…