The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck works

Posted on June 22, 2017

I got to review The Amsterdam, Rhinebeck’s newest restaurant, for Rural Intelligence. I wasn’t going to even try it out but couldn’t resist a request from my delightful editor. So glad I got to eat there, the food and service were great.

Food Allergies Found in Less Than 4 Percent of Americans

Posted on June 22, 2017

This is good news! The number of Americans with food allergies is lower than previous estimates. Next up, seeing if OIT can be the cure we’re all waiting for.

What Restaurants are Getting Right and Wrong on Food Allergies

Posted on June 16, 2017

Allergic Living has a great piece on restaurants and how they care for their food allergic patrons. It’s long, but worthwhile — and shows how challenging it can be for allergic diners to feel safe eating away from home.

Summer MG Reading List

Posted on June 6, 2017

Another great reading list for #kidlit #MG readers. Thanks, Publishers Weekly! First on the list is Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. I just finished this one and it’s wonderful!

Countdown to BookExpo

Posted on May 24, 2017

I’m getting excited for BookExpo. Last year, it was held in Chicago, so I had to miss it, but it’s back in NYC this year and I. Am. Ready!

For #kidlit fans, here’s PW’s Children’s Books Guide. See you all there!


Middle Grade Books For Military Appreciation Month

Posted on May 18, 2017

Blogging this week over at From The Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors about books for middle grade readers about the military or military families.

Read it here, then stick around and check out the rest of the site


Posted on May 12, 2017

May 14-20, 2017 is food allergy awareness week, and on May 14, the Empire State Building will turn teal for a #TealTakeover  to shine a spotlight on food allergies.

Find out more about how to spread the word this week – and beyond — with FARE.

Learn to Love Critiques

Posted on May 4, 2017

Off my MG beat for a bit– and excited to have the chance to write for the May issue of the Romance Writers of America’s Romance Writers Report on how to “Learn to Love Critiques.” (Per my experts, it ain’t easy, but it gets easier.)


Wimpy Kid Book 12!

Posted on April 28, 2017

Nation, mark your calendars: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway comes out November 7, 2017. Aiyeeee!!!!!!


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway, by Jeff Kinney, out 11/7/17

One amazing 12-year-old

Posted on April 20, 2017

I’m in total awe of Marley Dias, the 12-year-old behind the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign and a leading voice in the push to diversify #kidlit. This PW article about Marley’s talk with Suzanna Hermans of Oblong Books and Music (woot) is so inspiring, and so impressive. Makes me really look forward to the tween’s book, Marley Dias Gets It Done – And So Can You, out next January.