I'm excited to share a new cover of Secret Keeper, coming at the end of March 2011 from HarperCollins India:

To refresh your memories, this was the US cover from Random House:

Any preferences?

We Proudly Present: The Story of First Book

The Story of First Book from First Book on Vimeo.

This was filmed at ALA last June, and I was so honored to be a part of it. First Book provides books (including my Rickshaw Girl, First Daughter: White House Rules, and Monsoon Summer) to children in need. Here's how they do it:
If you’re an educator or program administrator, and at least 50 percent of the children in your program come from low-income families, we can help. Eligible programs receive access to the First Book Marketplace, offering new books at 50 to 90 percent off retail prices. And if you serve a higher proportion of children in need — 80 percent or more — then your school or program may also be eligible for free books through the First Book National Book Bank and book grants through First Book’s local Advisory Boards. To access these resources, complete our simple online registration (It only takes a few minutes).

Help Wanted: Race Jargon For Kid/YA Books

Is my protagonist a ...
  • Person of color?
  • Asian-American?
  • Asian (no hyphen) American?
  • Brown?
  • South Asian American?
  • Bengali-American?
  • Desi?
  • Non-white?
  • A minority?
  • Multicultural?

(WHAT THE HECK AM I? Who cares? Most of North America.)

Please help: How do you define yourself by race in America today and why?

Available: Virtual Mentors for Children's Book Authors

If you're a writer of children's and YA books and a "person of color" (Gosh, how I hate race-related jargon ... nothing seems just right, ever) looking to improve your craft and learn more about the children's publishing industry, you may apply to be mentored for free by established writers through the newly-launched Patchwork Collective. This brilliant effort is spearheaded by my dear friend Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th GRADE SUPERZERO, one of my favorite new books.