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Land of Saints and Scholars

In honor of  St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to share this post from 2015:

As those of you who have watched readaloud, St. Patrick and the Peddler, learned, Ireland is also known as “The Land of Saints and Scholars.”

Here’s why …

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

A Love of Reading

This month’s readaloud is Doña Flor, a tall tale about a giant lady with a giant heart. And since we are celebrating Valentine’s Day in a week, here are some other of my favorite picture books to share on the theme of love—that is the nitty gritty kind of sacrificial love, not the sappy, […]

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

On New Year’s Resolutions

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of making New Year resolutions–maybe because I often find myself mired in midwinter gloom at this time of year, battling those grim gremlins that taunt me with last year’s shortcomings and failings.  Making some sort of “resolution”  on top of all […]

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

The Highest Form of Wisdom is Kindness

While I am busy creating some new content for my website, I thought this might be a perfect opportunity to share with you one of my earlier posts from this same time of year back in 2015.  The readaloud that I referred to back then was Mabela the Clever, but since this month’s […]

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

My Visit to Lena Pope

A huge thank you to all the staff, students, and parents at Lena Pope for extending me such a warm welcome to their learning community.  This was nothing short of an author’s DREAM visit!  All the children were so wise and wondering in their questions, so engaged and enthusiastic in their listening, and […]

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

Thank You!

What a wonderful way for me to enter into the Thanksgiving spirit: visiting three different kindergarten classes to share my Happy Mamas book.  What a wonderful day it was–these kindergartners were just a joy to work with-full of wonder and wisdom, and a zest for life.  And their teachers are truly GIFTS.

November 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Bonding With Books

For those of you who may have missed my recent Happy Mamas blog tour, here is an excerpt from one of my articles on Bonding with Books that is posted on It’s Fundamental Children’s Book Blog:

How do books strengthen the mother/child bond?

Most mothers vividly remember holding their new […]

November 17th, 2016|0 Comments

I’m Thankful for Laughter

This month’s story cast is The Little Jester by Helena Olofsson, and so I have been pondering this whole notion of who are the “jesters” in our world today. Dictionary definition of JESTER: in earlier times, a man whose job was to tell jokes and make people laugh. Hmmm, so would that be our late-night […]

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

A Hallow Evening


Every Halloween, it seems, I come across some students or parents who are unaware of the roots of this holiday, and so here again is my post from last Halloween for those who may have missed it.

I love reading scary, spooky Halloween stories to children at this time of year, […]

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween Happy Mamas Cover Happy Mamas Sneak Peak

Happy Mamas, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and published by the Child Welfare League of America, will launch on October 10th.

Stories are all about connections–connecting us […]

October 1st, 2016|0 Comments