26 07, 2017

Beauty Revisited

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

In these final summer months, I want to revisit a tale of beauty. One of my past readalouds, The Gardener by Sarah Stewart and David Small, tells the story of […]

29 06, 2017

Jump Into Writing for Children

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Thanks to all of those aspiring Picture Book Authors (and illustrators) who joined our Workshop at Barnes and Noble last Saturday.  Our Author Panel, which was made up of five of my fellow picture book authors who are part of a critique group, answered some basic questions about the writing life.

12 05, 2017

Mother’s Day Storytime

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with… a story.

Here are a few of my favorites to choose from.

The Good Stepmother, an old Russian tale, retold by Marguerita Rudolph is about a little princess who persuades her father to let her choose the perfect wife for […]

4 04, 2017

My Adventures in D.C.

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

I just got back from CWLA’s 2017 National Conference, where I presented at their final luncheon on Book Balm–the healing power of stories.

I left filled with awe and admiration for all the marvelous work these social workers and caregivers do on behalf of all the children who are most at […]

20 03, 2017

Reading to My Boys

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Reading to My Boys Written by Erin B.

 

I’m the Happiest of Mamas while reading to my boys! This book is one of our favorites, especially the penguins skating and skidding… Thank you! – Alex, Jamie and Erin

What makes you a Happy Mama? We’d love to hear from you!

15 03, 2017

Land of Saints and Scholars

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

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 …

27 02, 2017

A Suitcase Full of Books

February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

When I found out my friend, Sister Mary Ann, was headed off to Uganda for three months where she would be working at a women’s clinic and a school, I just had to help her load her suitcase with… books for the children.

Great fun choosing lots of African tales that I […]

9 02, 2017

A Love of Reading

February 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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, […]

17 01, 2017

On New Year’s Resolutions

January 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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 […]

11 01, 2017

The Highest Form of Wisdom is Kindness

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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 […]