Beauty Revisited

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 […]

July 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Jump Into Writing for Children

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.

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mother’s Day Storytime

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 […]

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My Adventures in D.C.

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 […]

April 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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 Suitcase Full of Books

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 […]

February 27th, 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