May 10, 2023
More Funny Books, Please!
One of the most stressful questions I’ve been asked by kids is, “are your books funny?” This is a test disguised as a question. If I get it wrong, they won’t read my books. But what is an appropriate ...
March 09, 2022
Book Therapy: Sunny Days Inside
“Is it safe?” “It’s safe now but when won’t it be safe?” “It’s not actually bad here.” “It’s not bad there either.” “What about the money.” “But what about the kids? They’ll ...
November 21, 2019
Read an Excerpt from Carrie S. Allen's Michigan vs. the Boys
A steely-nerved young girl and the pervasive, toxic masculinity of hockey culture face each other head-on in Carrie S. Allen's new YA novel, Michigan vs. the Boys (Kids Can Press).Michigan Manning, a ...
March 06, 2017
Kid Lit Can: Spotlight on Middle Grade Fiction - Part 2
Today I continue my chat with four terrific middle-grade novel authors. They’ll share more about their writing process, their aspirations for their writing -- and even reveal something … well, something ...
May 18, 2016
Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes: The Magic, The Wonder - Chatting with YA Fantasy Authors (Part 2)
Today, I continue my conversation about writing fantasy with these four amazingly talented and experienced YA authors: Lena Coakley, Alyxander Harvey, Nicole Luiken, and Arthur Slade. Please feel free ...
February 08, 2016
Kid Lit Can, with Susan Hughes: Sex, and Drugs, and Rock and Roll: Writing Edgy YA (Part 1)
Drugs, gambling, sexual harassment, suicide, sexual abuse, physical abuse, cutting, death, sex, drugs, body image issues, bullying, STDs, abduction...between them, YA authors C.K. Kelly Martin, Don Aker ...