New Release: The Barn and the Book

Happy book birthday to the second story in the Sam and Saucer series!  The Barn and the Book releases today in print and ebook editions, and the audiobook will be live as soon as Audible completes its mysterious approval process and turns it on! What’s the story? Sam wants to know if animals (especially Saucer!)…

Grandmother Reflections: 70 Years with Picture Books

Today, I’m interviewing someone I love. Kathy is a retired educator, mother of four children, and grandmother of 11 grandchildren. She has read picture books, used them at work, and created some for her family. Today she’s sharing perspectives she’s gained from more than 70 years of picture-book reading! Melinda: What is the first picture…

Piggy in Heaven: Full Cover Spread

Piggy in Heaven, releasing from Paraclete Press on January 8, 2019, is a story I wrote for my own family when our much-loved guinea pig died. We are a family who knows that love is love, no matter how small and furry the loved one is, and we needed help thinking about our Piggy in…

The Runaway Bunny as Christian Allegory

In this remarkable scene from Wit (2001, directed by Mike Nichols), Evelyn Ashford (Eileen Atkins) comforts her dying friend and former student Vivian (Emma Thompson) by cradling her gently and reading Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny. At the 5:00 minute mark, these two grieving women, both academics, share a surprising discovery about the book. “Ah!…