Happy News! Raymond is Back!

Back in 2002, Random House Books for Young Readers published my Ready? Set. Raymond! for their classic Step Into Reading series.  Three jaunty stories with upbeat illustrations by Derek Anderson show Raymond dashing through life surrounded by family and his new friend ...

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Levity III: Cat Dog Dog

This month I’m returning to my New Year’s resolution to: Be less earnest—Seek more levity.  Pets bring joy into our lives in a way nothing else can.  They love us, sooth our sadness, relieve our stress, and bring us to tears with laughter.  During my childhood and in my ...

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The Harlem Professor Reaching a New Generation

Many already know that my great uncle Lewis H. Michaux (known as the Harlem Professor) was the founder of Harlem’s historic National Memorial African Bookstore.  I am proud and excited to say his message to the black community—that education is the foundation for ...

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Remembering Ashley Bryan

American Library Association Conference 2012 “I have been painting outdoors in my neighbor’s garden . . . dipping into the jars of acrylic color and touch touch touch till a composition is formed . . . quite unlike the standing-up energy of strokes that made my former ...

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