Censorship is the Child of Fear and the Father of Ignorance


In this short video  I speak up about why parents should let their kids read books that reflect modern reality if they want them to be prepared for the real world instead of being destroyed by it.



The video was shot at the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression seminar at their Winter Institue in Kansas City, MO in Feb 2013.

How To Make An Author’s Heart Go Tha-Thump!



A couple of weeks ago, the mother of one of my young readers contacted me on Facebook and wrote, “I’m going on a short trip to NYC. My son wants to see one of the places from CHAINS. Which one spot should he see?”

Not only did her son read and enjoy the book, but he wanted to take that experience to the next level and walk in the footsteps of the characters. AMAAAAAAZING!

I suggested that they visit the African Burial Ground National Monument, which shows visitors about the lives of enslaved and free black New Yorkers and their connections to African culture, and the Fraunces Tavern Museum, which is filled with artifacts and information about New York City during the American Revolution.

Not only did they go and have a wonderful time, but the Mom kindly posted this photo (reproduced with her permission) of her young history buff.