Robert Paul Weston

Joining the University of Lincoln

Lincoln. It’s not just the name of a dead American president. For nearly a thousand years before his assassination, “Lincoln” referred to a small cathedral city in the…

Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2021

For over a century, New York’s Bank Street College of Education has been a bastion of childhood achievement. Their programmes “combine the study of human development, learning theory,…

Zorgamazoo on The New Yorker Radio Hour

Back in the spring of 2020, a little twitter thread made me smile: It still cracks me up. It also makes me wonder. How would you take Zorgamazoo?…

Natsumi’s Song of Summer

A pair of cousins separated by language, continent and culture meet for the first time when Jill travels to Japan to visit her far-flung cousin. Natsumi’s nervousness about…

10 Great Picture Books about Japan

In collaboration with illustrator Misa Saburi, I’ve put out my first picture book! Having only published novels and short stories, it was a welcome change. It’s so gratifying…

Prince Puggly in French

I’m proud to announce the French translation of Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff is now available from Editions Seuil in Paris. In French, Prince Puggly is…

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms

When her family moves overseas, Sakura has difficulty adjusting. She struggles with a new language and misses her grandmother. When at last springtime arrives, a beautiful surprise awaits…

Blues for Zoey

Kaz Barrett saves his every penny for a treatment he believes will cure his mother’s mysterious and deadly illness. When he meets Zoey, a beautiful street musician, she…

The Creature Department

Elliot and Leslie discover the world strangest inventions were all created by a team of extremely unusual engineers at a top secret laboratory—right there in the middle of town! Who knew?…

Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff

When the reigning King of Spud quits to become a hairdresser, the people choose the commoner named Puggly to replace him. Struggling with his new responsibilities, Puggly finds…