June, 2020

Recent Middle Grade Books I’ve Loved Reading

Hello friends, In no particular order, here are some new or newish middle grade titles I’ve loved reading this year: A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat Forever Glimmer Creek by Stacy Hackney Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson What Stars are Made Of by Sarah Allen Infinite Hope by Ashley Bryan Stella […]


Kids Summer Reads-Middle Grade-Lone Star Literary Life

Hello friends, I’m delighted that Blue Skies is featured in the Middle Grade Kids Summer Reads on the Lone Star Literary Life blog. Check out all of the titles for ages 8-12.   With gratitude, Anne  


Great Picture Books by Black Authors & or Illustrators

Hello friends, Earlier this week I posted some of my favorite Middle Grade reads by Black authors. Today, I’d like to share some picture books by Black authors and or illustrators that I love. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford illus. by Kadir Nelson Just Like Me by […]


Colby Sharp Booktalk about Blue Skies

Hello friends, Many thanks to fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, who recorded his booktalk about Blue Skies. You can access it HERE. I’ve also included it in the Links section of the Blue Skies page on my website. With deep gratitude, Anne


Great Middle Grade Reads by Black Authors

Hello friends, Black lives matter. Books by Black authors matter. Here are a dozen middle grade books I know and love: Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia, followed by P.S. Be Eleven, and Gone Crazy in Alabama The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson, followed by To […]


Blue Skies is a Parents’ Choice Recommended Book Award Winner!

Hello friends, Happy news! Blue Skies is a Parents’ Choice Recommended Book Award Winner for 2020! I’m honored and overjoyed to be in the company of other books I know and love. Here’s the link to the list: Parents’ Choice Book Award Winners Spring 2020 With deep gratitude, Anne


Middle-Grade Mojo Guest Blog Post for Blue Skies

Hello friends, Here’s a link to my latest guest blog post on Middle-Grade Mojo, where I answer three questions about Blue Skies. “. . . miracles happen, but they may not look like we expect. And expressions of gratitude, no matter how small, can be significant.” With thanks, Anne