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 […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00November 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, […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Happy Mamas Book Launch

It’s book launch day!  Time to welcome Happy Mamas into the world!  Thanks to our wonderful illustrator, Ruth E. Harper for her beautiful illustrations that perfectly capture those blissful moments of motherhood.  Thanks to our publisher, CWLA – The Child Welfare of America, who do so much to help all those children and youth who […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00October 14th, 2016|0 Comments

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween

A Month of Mothers, Happiness, and Halloween

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 to one another, to other places, to other cultures, and to […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00October 1st, 2016|0 Comments

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+00:00September 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Grandparents’ Day 2016

As it is Grandparents’ Day today, my thoughts turn to my own grandparents.  I never knew my maternal grandmother as she died when my mother was only 18 years old.  But I do remember my maternal grandfather, Timothy, as he lived with us when I was just a wee girl.  I remember clasping his hand […]

2017-08-28T11:20:46+00:00September 11th, 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+00:00July 18th, 2016|0 Comments

A Nation of Makers

A Nation of Makers June 17–23 has been declared by The White House as a time to celebrate all those “makers” in our world.

“Empowering students and adults to create, innovate, tinker, and make their ideas and solutions into reality is at the heart of the Maker Movement.”

What better time than this to ponder the whole […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

University Park Elementary School Visit

University Park Elementary School Visit Thanks to all the wonderful parents and staff for a marvelous evening to celebrate the opening of your new library.  It was such a joy to see so many parents and children engaged in a literary gathering such as this.  And what a beautiful way the Principal […]

2017-08-28T11:20:47+00:00May 23rd, 2016|0 Comments