Selma March: The Power of Empathy, Storytelling

Mar. 7, 2015 Selma March, 50 years later, commemoration of Bloody Sunday. #Selma50Anyone who has seen the movie "Selma" knows the split second power of media storytelling to jolt viewers into a … [Read more...]

“Tuesday Tucks Me In” Awarded Best Amazon KidLit 2014

Nov. 11, 2015 Update: This Veteran's Day I'll be with my own dad, USN Ret. Capt. A.R. Jussel sharing time and tranquility in an eldercare community in the Sierra Foothills saluting several who have … [Read more...]

The Tooth Fairy Is Not A Brand. Parents…Arise!

Aug. 6, 2013 Update!  Honored to be accurately quoted in this pithy parenting prose by Heidi Stevens in The Chicago Tribune's thrilled to see all the parenting pushback on Twitter that CCFC put … [Read more...]

The Berenstain Bears Legacy Lives On Through Sons Mike and Leo

Feb. 27, 2012  Upon hearing of Berenstain Bears’ co-founder Jan Berenstain’s passing at 88 this past Friday, I’d like to send deepest condolences to the family, especially sons Mike (illustrator) and … [Read more...]

Selling Reluctant Readers: 10 Marketing Tactics To Amp Up Fun

Feb. 14, 2017 Valentine's Day Update: More ways to encourage reading, with therapy dogs (via MindshiftKQED Learning)  and a few "Kidlit" picks for Valentine's Day that streamed across my desk, here … [Read more...]

Reading Rockets Kids Into Their Future (Pt.1: Kalimah Priforce)

Aug. 18, 2011 Virtual show of hands, please... If it’s not on the "must read" summer reading list for back to school prep, how many kids cracked a classic this season? How ‘bout a kidlit … [Read more...]

First Person Storytelling: The Real Deal Impacts Youth

Feb. 15, 2014 Update: Don't miss Frank Baker's fabulous article  about inspiring photojournalist Gordon Parks; perfect storytelling for Black History Month and year round engagement. Jan. 20, 2014 … [Read more...]

Shaping Youth: Freecycling Kids Books Throughout December

Dec. 4, 2010 Black Friday? Cyber Monday? Bah. Other than maybe beach towel joke gifts (silly kilt wraps, hula skirts for our wakeboarding tribe) they didn’t get much outta me this round, as I … [Read more...]

Happy 15th B-day: TEDxTeen & CEO of Lil’ MDGs Dylan Mahalingam!

Aug 2, 2010 As I opened my Facebook to check messages from GWLN's Global Leaders for Justice organizers who I’ll be working with tomorrow and Thursday at SCU mentoring inspiring projects from all over … [Read more...]