SHE SPOKE on The Children’s Book Podcast

She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World was featured on Episode #511 of The Children’s Book Podcast with Matthew Winner Check it out for a freewheeling discussion spanning three continents: me in the USA, my co-author Manuela Bernardi in Brazil, and illustrator Kathrin Honesta in Indonesia! We delve into the inspirations and processes behind the book, and Matthew shares how he has used it with his students. Listen now!

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See you June 2 at Books in Bloom!

I’m thrilled to be participating in the Books in Bloom festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia MD on Sunday, June 2!  The festival runs from 11 AM- 4PM and features readings, panel discussions, children’s activities, live music, curated culinary offerings, rosé and beer garden, and a pop-up bookstore by Busboys and Poets. The festival is free and open to the public. Please take a moment to register and let us know you’ll join us.

At 1 PM, I’ll be doing a reading from Dagger and Coin followed by and Q&A and signing. Hope to see you there!


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Know Your Value: She Spoke and more!

So honored to have She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World included in this terrific roundup of “books to inspire young girls to know their value” over at! List curator Ciarra Chavarria of @girlsreadtheworld says: “Having access to these women’s voices, to literally hear them saying their iconic and critical words creates a magical connection between readers and these women, and I’ve never seen (well, heard) anything else like it.”

Check out the complete list here!


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Speak Up! Listen Up!: Strategies for Using SHE SPOKE in the Classroom

Thank you to the folks over at Pencil Tips Writing Workshop for hosting my recent guest post full of ideas for teacher on how to use my new book She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World in the classroom! If you aren’t familiar with Pencil Tips, you’ll definitely want to check it out – it’s a treasure trove of resources for teachers, featuring the work of authors Karen Leggett Abouraya, Laura Gehl, Laura Krauss Melmed, Mary Amato, Mary Quattlebaum, and many more!


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SHE SPOKE is the Chloe’s Book Club May pick at Girls’ Life!

So honored and thrilled that She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World is the May pick for Chloe’s Book Club with Chloe Lukasiak over at Girls’ Life! Chloe is joined by her mom Christi and her younger sister Clara for a discussion of the outspoken women who inspire them! Read Chloe, Clara and Christi’s Commentary, check out Chloe’s Playlist and Discussion Questions, and enter an awesome Giveaway featuring a She Spoke prize pack, which includes a $50 gift card from the ethical, female-led clothing and accessories company Dazey LA, a $50 gift card from Barnes & Noble and a copy of the book itself. Check it out!


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Register now for Basic ASL for Library Staff eCourse – Begins May 20!

Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, May 20, 2019 (6 weeks of lessons; Participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete course materials)
Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.
Cost: $195.00 (discounts available for American Library Association members and bulk registrations)
Register here.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Past attendees say:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

“Ms. MacMillan provided timely feedback to all responses, questions, and comments during the entire course.  Her answers show the mastery of content knowledge and her response time shows how much she cares about her students and the topic she is teaching. This was one of the best online courses I have taken, and I will highly recommend this course to others.”

Register now!

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May Appearances and Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 AM-2 PM: Sussex County Children’s Book Festival in Milton, DE

Location: Milton Public Library, 121 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA

Meet regional children’s book authors ~ Craft with your favorite Children’s Librarian ~ Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Ogre’s Grove Comics & Collectibles ~ Hear a live story time with an author or a Very Important Reader ~ Ride the Milton Memorial Park train ~ Check out the interactive programs at the Milton Historical Society ~ Get a picture with your favorite book characters ~ Enjoy a LIVE literary musical performance for children at the Milton Theatre at 1:30 PM!


Saturday, May 18, 2019: Gaithersburg Book Festival (MD)

The festival is free and runs from 10 AM – 6 PM.  Full schedule and information at

I’ll be signing at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Booth from 2pm-6pm. Stop by and pick up a signed copy of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, or Dagger and Coin! All proceeds from sales of my books benefit Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.


Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11 AM: Let’s Sign Together! (for all ages) at Mary Riley Styles Public Library (Falls Church, VA)

Learn basic American Sign Language together in this interactive storytime for all ages. Flex your fingers and join in the fun! Kathy MacMillan, author of Nita’s First Signs, leads stories, songs, and more as we learn about communicating with our hands and eyes.

For more information, see


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Check out DCI’s Online Auction!

The Deaf Camps, Inc. 2019 Online Auction is open for bids through May 15! Lots of cool stuff for writers – including manuscript and query critiques from agents Steven Malk, Hannah Mann, and Andrea Morrison of Writers House and a 30-minute call with internationally bestselling author Bruce Coville! You can also find many handmade items,  gift certificates, event tickets, and more! All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2019 scholarship program.

Deaf Camps, Inc. is an organization close to my heart. I have been on the board for almost 20 years. It is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit whose mission is to create fun, safe, communication-rich camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and children learning American Sign Language. Please check it out, bid, and share widely!

Here are just a few of the items up for bid:


Bid now!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.


Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2019 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us bring needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through A credit card is required to register and bid.


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Writing for All Ages

I was honored to take part recently in a group interview of authors who publish books for multiple age groups, along with authors: Hena KhanNora Shalaway CarpenterLeah Henderson, and Casey Lyall. Robin Galbraith conducted the interview for Cynsations, the excellent writing resource blog run by New York Times bestselling, award-winning children’s-YA author and all-around lifter-up-of-other-creators, by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Click here to read “Writing & Marketing for Multiple Age-Levels” at Cynsations.

(And shout-out to Casey Lyall, who provided my new favorite phrase in listing her picture books as being geared to “ages 0 to Immortal Being”. )

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Upcoming Appearances

Thursday April 25, 2019 at 6:00 PM: Barnes and Noble, Ellicott City Long Gate Shopping Center 4300 Montgomery Road Ellicott City, MD 21043 410-203-9001 

Join us April 25th for a special author event and signing featuring authors Kathy MacMillan (She Spoke) and Laura Resau (Tree of Dreams). Kathy and Laura will also be leading a workshop geared towards aspiring young writers. At this workshop, guests will have the opportunity to work with professional authors and learn ways to take their writing further. All are welcome!



Friday, April 26, 2019, 6-8pm: Book signing at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt (Laurel), 3341 Corridor Marketplace, Maryland City, MD 20724

Come on in to purchase signed copies of She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Nita’s First Signs, Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together, Sword and Verse, and Dagger and Coin! Make a sign language craft and learn to write your name in the language of the gods. Purchase a book and receive 20% off your Sweet Frog yogurt purchase! All book sale proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s scholarship fund.

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 11am-4pm: Kensington Day of the Book, Kensington, MD. Street Festival, Rain or Shine! 
Full schedule at
The Day of the Book Festival will take place along Howard Avenue, Armory Avenue, and Fawcett Street on Antique Row in Old Town Kensington, Maryland, one block east of Connecticut Ave.

My scheduled appearances:

  • 11:30 AM: Someone’s Got to Live There: Building Characters in Fantasy Fiction (Daniel M. Ford and Kathy MacMillan)
  • 1:00 PM: Writing, Selling, and Marketing for the YA Audience (Pintip Dunn, Lindsay Barry, and Kathy MacMillan)


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