In 2006 I started this blog to write about teaching, my life’s work; literature, especially that created for children; history, especially as it is taught to and learned by children; Africa, especially Sierra Leone where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and other sundry topics as they come to my attention.
I contribute to a variety of publications including the New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Along the way I’ve helped select several awards including the Newbery and originated and co-run School Library Journal’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. A lifelong educator I now teach fourth grade in New York City and, after writing several books for teachers, recently did my first for children, Africa is My Home: A Child on the Amistad.
As for Alice and her education, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite book.