Congratulations to the 5 winners of the 2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for Please Love Umma!

11.30.17 We are so proud and happy to announce this year’s 5 winners of the 2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for PLEASE LOVE UMMA. CONGRATULATIONS! 1st place: Katherine Verrando, 10 2nd place: Jamie Kim, 9 3rd place: Sara Gonzalez, 11 4th place: Kylie Parker, 10 5th place: Christopher Wu, 10 Thank you to everyone who submitted. … More Congratulations to the 5 winners of the 2017 SoCal Youth Writing Contest for Please Love Umma!

Cali Palms

5.4.17 Jenna, the protagonist of Please Love Umma, notices a street that is lined with palm trees as she and Abba drive to the bookstore. She feels as if they are cruising atop a gigantic California postcard. Ironically, most of the palm trees in California are not native to the state. They were brought for … More Cali Palms

Write It

1/27/17 “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Toni Morrison Thank you, Toni Morrison. No one could have said it better. When I was teaching in a foreign school outside of the US, I realized the shortage of children’s novels on the … More Write It