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…


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…


When Dreams and Reality Are In Sync

Long before it became a reality, Tiger Stripe Publishing, a small indie press based out of Chicago and Phoenix, Joy E.…


Spooky Middle Grade Stories That Will Definitely Scare But Won't Permanently Scar

I’m not a fan of Halloween. Never have been. Maybe it’s because we live in the Midwest and by the time October 31st rolls…


Small but Mighty

Middle Grade novels seem to be getting bigger. I don’t mean getting bigger as in popularity. I mean bigger and longer in…


Have you "herd"?

Have you "herd"? There are some great middle grade novels about elephants! I’ve compiled a list of MG fiction that have…