Author Archive

Talking Basketball and Writing on NPR

Hanif Abdurraqib and I had a conversation on NPR’s Al Things Considered about basketball and writing and how our two passions sometimes overlap. Listen to the conversation here.


  I remember this one “dad” conversation I had back in the day. I really liked the guy I was talking to. Probably because he was into basketball as much as I was into basketball. And sometimes, after dropping our kids off at preschool, we’d talk for a sec, just outside the school gates,

I Reviewed Four New Books in the New York Times

It was an honor to be asked to write about four great new books for the NY Times. Click here for link. BRIGHT STAR Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales 40 pp. Neal Porter/Holiday House. $18.99. (Ages 4 to 8) MY TWO BORDER TOWNS Written by David Bowles Illustrated by Erika Meza 40 pp.

Milo Imagines the World on Good Morning America!

  Christian and I were thrilled to be interviewed about Milo Imagines the World on Good Morning America. You can watch the segment here!

Milo Imagines the World on NPR

Christian and I were thrilled to be able to share Milo Imagines the World on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Listen to the segment here.

Six Starred Reviews for MILO — Out Now!

Christian and I are so excited that Milo Imagines the World is finally out. We’ve been doing a lot of virtual events with schools and libraries and bookstores, which has been great, but we are really looking forward to the day that we can meet readers in person. My greatest hope for Milo is

Dear Stuck-at-Home Elementary School Students #14

Homebound Letter 14 (The Final One) – June 15, 2020   Dear Stuck-at-Home Elementary School Students:   Congratulations, you made it to the end of the school year!   And what a year it was. A global pandemic forced you out of the classroom and onto a computer screen. For the last three months

Dear Teachers #13

Homebound Letter 13 – May 5, 2020   Dear Teacher:   When I was in high school, a teacher changed the trajectory of my life – though I was unable to see it that way at the time. It happened at the end of my 11th grade year. I was a basketball player. A

Dear Stuck-at-Home Students #12

Homebound Letter 12 – April 22, 2020   Dear Stuck-at-Home Students:   Reality is now setting in for almost all of us. No more in-person school for the rest of the year. You’re going to attempt to finish the school year from home. From the kitchen table or your bedroom desk or the couch