June 24, 2018

No Kids in Cages UPDATE: the fundraising campaign aimed at helping the migrant children separated from their parents at the southern US border has exploded. Organizers say the original fundraising goal of  $24K was met within 24  hours, The goal has since been hiked to $200K and is likely to be increased again as donations continue to pour in. Moreover, the campaign is now offering other like-minded #kidlit writers the chance to add their own names to the original statement in opposition to family separation. Even though the Trump administration has reversed its policy on removing children from their parents, there is no clear plan to reunite children currently in custody with their parents.



Heather Murphy Capps
Heather Murphy Capps has always had a deep appreciation for comfort and elegance. She and Claudia would have run out of money quickly together but would absolutely have been on the same page about taxis and nice restaurants. And of course, solving mysteries about beautiful art. That said, Heather also appreciates Jamie’s love of complication, which is why she spent several years living in rural Kenya and then became a television news reporter, which involved standing for hours in the middle of hurricanes and political battles. Now she’s raising middle-grade readers and writing for them. She loves to read and write books with lots of great science, magic, mystery, and adventure. Heather is the communications coordinator for Mixed-Up Files, as well as creator/curator for our We Need Diverse MG series. She is committed to creating more diversity in publishing.