Other Writing

Other Writing


Staff Blogger for EmbraceRace 

“EmbraceRace is an emerging, multiracial, online community of parents, teachers, and other caring adults striving to engage race in a healthy, constructive and courageous way as we nurture the children in our care.”

I am a Staff Blogger with Embrace Race, contributing monthly posts. Here’s are my posts to date–feel free to share on social media! And if you sign up for Medium you can like and comment on my work and the work of other Embrace Race writers:

Reposted by The New York Observer (June 1, 2016)

                  Reposted by The Huffington Post (May 2, 2016)

                  Reposted by The New York Observer (May 4, 2016)

                  Reposted by Imperfect Life (May 27, 2016)

Book Chapters

“Picturebook Layout” is a chapter I contributed to the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Picturebooks, edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer. Expected publication date July, 2017.




A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature, A Family of Readersedited by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano. This definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children includes my essay “Reading about Families in My Family.”



Guest Reviewer and frequent contributor to The Horn Book Magazine

Follow these links to selected essays I wrote for the”Books in the Home” column and the “Family Reading” blog:

These links are to other writing I’ve done for The Horn Book Magazine:


Reviewer for Kirkus Reviews kirkus_500x95

Reviews at Kirkus are unsigned, but I contribute about 50 reviews of picture books and early readers each year.


Selected Publications in Other Journals and Newspapers:

Reading While White

Hilltown Families Supporting Education through Community Engagement in Western Massachusetts

Children & Libraries the journal of the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

The Public Humanist, an online blog journal of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Bookbird Magazine

  • “Demystification and Wonder: Women & Pregnancy in the Picture Book Artistry of Julie Vivas” Oct./Nov. 2001 edition of Bookbird

The Five Owls

  • Review of Song of the Water Boatman in Vol. 18 Issue 4 of The Five Owls.
  • Review of Alison’s Jay’s ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet in Spring 2004 The Five Owls.
  • “Books to Make Children’s Eyes Dance across the Pages: Music and Children’s Literature” with an annotated bibliography, in the online Vol. 18 Issue 3 edition of The Five Owls.
  • Review of Steve Jenkins’ Actual Size online Vol. 18 issue 3 edition of The Five Owls.
  • Review of Kaethe Zemach’s Just Enough and Not Too Much online Vol. 18 Issue 2 edition of The Five Owls.

Riverbank Review

  • “Slow Down and Look: Educational Programming at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art” co-authored with Rosemary Agoglia in online Fall 2003 Riverbank Review.

CREArTA (Journal of the Centre for Research and Education in the Arts, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

  • “Paint That Funky Music White Boy: The Jazz Picture Books of Chris Raschka” in Vol. 3 No. 2 Southern Summer 2002/2003 edition of CREArTA.
  • I presented the same paper  at the June 2003 conference of the Children’s Literature Association in El Paso, Texas
  • I also presented this paper at the spring meeting of the Pioneer Valley Reading Council on November 6, 2003.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette