Author Archives: rosinskynatalie

Summer Reading–To Sip or Chew

What kinds of reading will you do this summer?  “Summer reading” can have very different meanings.  Will yours be hummingbird sips of brief pieces, pages of mainly light-hearted material scanned in between other outdoor activities?  Or will you and yours … Continue reading

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Picturing Butterflies

A brand new, sumptuous picture book biography is my focus today. Its illustrations refreshed my winter-weary eyes, even as its crystal-clear language movingly revealed an exceptional woman, from girlhood through old age.  And, whether by remarkable coincidence or fate, my … Continue reading

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On Earth Day: Poetry Embracing Science

I was shocked—an editor had just told me that poetry had no place in science books!  This young man had been assigned by the publisher to shepherd my completed work-for-hire, about watersheds for middle school readers, into print.  The poetry … Continue reading

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Being Brave and Bold

Awkward middle schoolers gaining confidence and becoming brave— two great graphic novels about this transition are my focus today, inspired by current events. How do young people learn to be brave and bold?  I have been thinking about this since … Continue reading

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Of Mice and Middle School

Babymouse is growing up!   I recently learned that the perky heroine of twenty graphic novels for young kids started this school year as a middle schooler.   Yet the safe haven that school provides this fantasy character is not what students actually … Continue reading

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In War and Peace

What happens when peacetime resembles war?  I will be pondering this question in coming weeks as we celebrate Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month here in the U.S.A. This year there will be a special focus on the … Continue reading

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Celebrating a New Year

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. These words from a Tennyson poem are one traditional New Year’s … Continue reading

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