Chana Masala Recipe

chana masala

Need comfort food or something to warm you up on these cold winter days? Try this great recipe for Chana Masala and then, while you’re at it, curl up with our nonfiction book Diwali to learn about the culture where your food originates. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tablespoon coriander 1 teaspoon garam masala 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with juices 2 15-ounce cans garbanzo […]






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Author Feature: Martha Brack Martin

River Traffic by Martha Brack Martin

#TuesdayTalk with Martha Brack Martin. Her novel, River Traffic, is on shelves now! Tell us your about your book. My novel, River Traffic, is a young adult thriller/mystery that revolves around the Detroit River. The river acts as a border between Canada and the United States, and has a history of trouble and danger — everything from wars to booze smuggling to escaping slaves on the Underground Railroad. Tom LeFave is the main character in River Traffic. He lives with his dad in his family’s old marina, right on the river. His ancestors were rum-runners, […]






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Word Match

sticky note sight words

Do your students or children need a little extra practice with reading over the holidays? Try this great word matching exercise: What you’ll need: A whiteboard (or a large sheet of paper to write on) Sticky notes (colorful are great!) A marker What to do: Write out words the child is struggling with on both the whiteboard and sticky notes, making sure the two sets are not laid out in the same order Have the child move the sticky note words to the same word on the whiteboard, reading each aloud as he / she […]






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Illustrator Feature: Marcus Cutler

Lark Holds the Key by Natasha Deen

#TuesdayTalk with Marcus Cutler. His illustrations can be see in Lark Holds the Key—on shelves now! What are the challenges of illustrating a book that belongs to a series? It’s sooo important to get the main characters right. Lots of sketches and drafts are involved to get the character design just right. When you know they’re going to be drawn again, and again, and again, and again, you don’t want to be regretting a decision you made in the early stages. What was your favorite book as a child? Some of my favorite books were […]






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Author Feature: Jeff Ross

High Note by Jeff Ross

#TuesdayTalk with Jeff Ross. His new novels, High Note and A Dark Truth, are on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your books. High Note is about best friends whose friendship is turned to rivalry as they compete for a role in their school’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. A Dark Truth is about a young skateboarder who discovers what white privilege is and how not everyone can see past the color of a person’s skin. What was the catalyst for your stories? High Note came out of my interest in working with […]






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#TBT – The Happy Yellow House

#TBT to this guest post by author Gail Bowen. We love showing our authors and illustrators around our snug little office! All of us who gathered at Salt Spring Island the week of June 6th for the Mystery Retreat were book people: writers—published and emerging–an editor and an agent. We talked about books constantly—how to write and edit them; how to market them; the ‘elevator pitch’ or how to pitch your book to an agent in less than 60 seconds. Everything we talked about was pointed towards a single goal:  shepherding the promising manuscript on […]






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