It's International Owl Awareness Day! I have a soft spot for owls. They're majestic, mysterious and elude us. I hear them at night, but never see them. I put out an owl house like this...
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
What better way to celebrate International Mud Day than with a new book! This story is so inspiring. It is based on a true story of refugee children and highlights the ingenuity of kids and how they "create[d] something from nothing". So all you kids stuck at home right now...Make something! Pull out some straws or toothpicks to build. Grab old socks, paper plates or lunch sacks to make puppets. Or go out and dig in the dirt.
Dirt + Water = Mud
When Water Makes Mud: A Story of Refugee Children
by Janie Reinart and Morgan Taylor
published by Blue Whale Press
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Mother Goose nursery rhymes are enjoyable for young children to be able to hear the playful side of our language. In honor of Mother Goose Day...
full of rhyme!
A Mother Goose collection not to be missed! It's Mother Goose with a twist...
Grumbles From the Town
by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Angela Matteson
published by Wordsong
This newly published story brings the Mother Goose characters in for the win...
Mother Goose to the Rescue!
by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown and Jessica Gibson
published by Penguin Workshop
This oldie but goldie was my son's favorite book, many moons ago. There's more than we know about the day in the life of that teeny-weeny spider...
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Iza Trapani
published by Charlesbridge
My favorite accomplice for writing in rhyme is Rhyme Zone! There's so much more than meets the eye - give it a try!
Monday, April 12, 2021
I hadn't planned to write this post. But after the recent passing of my 97 year old grandma, it is on my heart to curate a few books on the subject because...well, we all face it at some point. My children were young when my dad died. Their Poppa was only 62. I wish I had thought to get books together for them.
But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!
Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Everyone loves to laugh. And it's good for you, too! We all may find different things funny - and that's ok! Here are some of my recent funny finds!
Funny Fiction Favorites:
by Jenna Grodzicki
published by Millbrook Press
Explore More - Online Jokes!
Monday, February 1, 2021
I have a newfound love of birdwatching. I even asked for a better pair of binoculars for my birthday.
So, in celebration of National Bird Month...
Childhood Favorite! Yes, I DO still have my copy, as loved as it is!
The Best Nest
Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
New Fun Fiction! This sweet Wordy Birdy has a few things to say.
written by: Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by: Dave Mottram
Published by: Dragonfly Books
Knockout Nonfiction! I want this one on my bookshelf!
Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids
Written by: Elissa Wolfsen
and Margaret Barker
Published by: Cool Springs Press
Explore More - Online!
Monday, January 18, 2021
A Thesaurus is a must-have book for writers. You can look up any word and find synonyms, or words that mean the same thing. In honor of National Thesaurus Day, I will share some of my favorite, favored and prized books.
Friday, January 8, 2021
I always love the promise of a new writing year. This one, of course, exponentially so!
Renewing my memberships.
Looking over my juicy To-Read shelf on Goodreads.
Setting writing goals.
Embracing my morning pages.
Looking forward to the new webinars, blog posts and contests.
It's such an energizing time of year. Though I'm never ready by Jan 1, I'm usually ready by the second week of January. And here I am!
This year, I have a new accountability partner for my writing life. I've found new motivational newsletters. And I'm excited to read new stories, new manuscripts and new books. This kid-lit world is the best!