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International Literacy Day

How fitting that this month’s storycast, “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” coincides with the month that we celebrate International Literacy Day (September 8th).  Literacy and magic, methinks, have much in common.


Merriam Webster definition of MAGIC:

“A power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46-06:00September 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Good Giant Stories

Maybe it’s because of the upcoming release of the BFG movie, or the fact that this month’s read aloud is from the Book of Giant Stories, or that my very first published book, The Giant King, is going to print for the third time this month, but I have been thinking a lot about giants recently.

As […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47-06:00July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Every Savage Loves His Native Shore

Every Savage Loves His Native Shore Our read aloud this month is, When Jessie Came Across the Sea, written by Amy Hest and illustrated by P.J. Lynch, a beautiful tale that will resonate with any of us who have had to pull up our roots and move […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47-06:00April 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Family Literacy Night at Cory Elementary

What a great event – Cory Elementary School’s Family Literacy night!

I always enjoy waxing poetic about how and why literature matters in this world, but it gives me even greater pleasure when I see such an enthusiastic and receptive audience as this community of students and parents.

Some of the questions posed by these aspiring […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47-06:00March 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Love of Fergus

“I have found the paradox that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa This month’s read aloud, For the Love of Autumn beautifully illustrates this quote as we see how a little kitten elicits love from all she meets and ultimately brings more […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47-06:00February 11th, 2016|0 Comments


This month’s read aloud, BRAVE IRENE, by William Steig gives us much to pause and ponder around the whole notion of what it means to be brave.

The dictionary definition tells us that brave means:

Ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

Again and again, when I talk to children about the importance of reading […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47-06:00January 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Christmas 2015

This month’s read aloud, Brigid’s Cloak is a lovely re-telling of an old Irish legend about Ireland’s other patron saint –Brigid, who finds herself mystically transported to the stable in Bethlehem.  At this time of year I love to look at the various nativity scenes displayed in churches or in people’s homes, and I find […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48-06:00December 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite American holidays, not only because it transcends age, religion, and race, not only because we can feast with family and friends free from the rampant consumerism that bedevils so many other holidays, not only because its very name Thanks GIVING implies action on our part rather than passive acceptance, […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48-06:00November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments


This month’s read aloud, Pascual and the Kitchen Angels, by Tomie de Paola, provides a perfect opportunity for us to ponder these celestial beings we call Angels.   According to most traditions, angels are considered to be messengers or guardians and are usually depicted in human form with wings and a long robe.

As a small child, […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48-06:00November 11th, 2015|0 Comments



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 […]

2017-08-28T11:20:48-06:00October 9th, 2015|0 Comments