Ada and the Lost Horizon

Today I’m launching a collaborative, interactive, pick-your-own-path-style storytelling game on Instagram and Twitter. It’s a scavenger hunt within the confines of your own home; a real-world Ready Player One experience; and a community-oriented coronavirus quarantine activity that takes you on an imaginary journey to another world—while taking you on a physical journey away from your […]

New book coming out in August!

I have a new book coming out in August! The Campaign is my eighth book, my second middle grade, and my first book with interior illustrations. It’s available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound. A hilarious and timely political comedy—like Veep for tweens—about a twelve-year-old who runs her babysitter’s campaign for […]

Have you guys heard about podcasts? I’m on one!

I had a great conversation with my old Penguin colleague Giuseppe Castellano for his podcast, The Illustration Department. You can give it a listen here. I talk about things like how amazing the other editors at Viking are, and what it was like for me to work on Viola Davis’s first picture book, and what […]

Holiday gift ideas for writers and readers

If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a writer (or reader) in your life, try one of these ideas! If you live near Austin, Texas… Delight your favorite writer with a ticket to my workshop at the Writing Barn on the Logic of Storytelling. This is a craft-focused class that gives writers a tool […]

school visits

One of my goals for this new school year is to do more school visits. To help make that happen, I’ve created this Leila Sales school visit flyer. Click on it, let me know what you think, and maybe invite me to visit your school (or your kids’ school, or your former school, or just […]

Links for you

Do you need some things to read on the internet so you don’t have to go address your to-do list? Great — here are some things for you to read! Firstly, I wrote up a list of seven strategies to keep online bullying out of your life for the website SheKnows. These are all techniques […]

I have a new book out on May 1!

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say comes out on May 1, and I am so incredibly excited to share it with you all. Here’s the description: Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person. We all want to be seen. We all want to […]

Call for Scav Hunt Essay Submissions

If you’ve ever talked to me for longer than ten minutes, you’ve probably discovered that I’ve spent years involved in the University of Chicago’s Scav Hunt, that it is one of my favorite things in the world, and that I can talk about it endlessly. So, after nearly 15 years of being involved in Scav, […]

Desert Island Discs

I’m trying to put together a list of my Desert Island Discs (i.e. the albums I’d want to have with me if I were stranded on a desert island indefinitely). I have never come up with a final and complete list, and I’m certainly not going to do so tonight, but here’s what I’ve got […]