The Great Kudzu Calamity!
January 1, 1970Illustrator Catherine Eaton and I have been working on The Great Kudzu Calamity, a rhyming picturebook of the story of how kudzu came to North America and overran the South. The book will include a section on invasive species and what readers can do to prevent invasions, and another section on biodiversity and how to preserve it. It's been really fun to research! Look for updates on the book's status in a month or so.
Visionary of Light: The Life of Hildegard of Bingen is out at a publisher, and may actually be read sometime in the next six months. (Jane Yolen once said publishing is like watching glaciation.) This YA biography quotes primary sources, including letters to Hildegard, and Hildegard's own writings. Hildegard was a twelfth century nun who also was a writer, healer, composer, touring preacher, abbess, and correspondent to rulers. Just writing about her has inspired me to become more creative! What a life!