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Operation StoryTime: Dolley Madison and her Parrot
"Wackiest White House Pets," by Gibbs Davis For today's #OperationStoryTime, I read a chapter from the book, "Wackiest White House[...]
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee. Five days before my 9th birthday, my[...]
Operation StoryTime: “Wackiest White House Pets”
For today's #OperationStoryTime, I'm reading "Wackiest White House Pets," by Gibbs Davis and illustrated by David A. Johnson. It's a[...]
Operation StoryTime: “Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call,” by Mary Ann Fraser (storytime reading for ages 5-8)
Today my storytime reading is the book, "Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call," by Mary Ann Fraser. I've become very[...]
Operation StoryTime: Sky High: George Ferris's Big Wheel
During this rough time in our lives, many authors are reading their books or other books online. We are recording[...]
Dash and Victoria Book Trailer
Dash Book Launch Party
You are invited to a kids book launch party!! Check out the flyer and we hope to see you there.[...]
Get to know Queen Victoria and her dog Dash
I've always been interested in Queen Victoria, my so-called namesake. My father said I had a "regal birth" (he's a[...]
Teaching Sewing
My good friend, Darlene, started teaching elementary school students how to sew. She is a crafty person by nature (I[...]
Book Review: “Between Shades of Gray,” by Ruta Sepetys
“Between Shades of Gray,” by Ruta Sepetys has absolutely NOTHING to do with the 50 Shades of Grey series. As[...]
Book Review: “The Truth about Twinkie Pie,” by Kat Yeh
I saw “The Truth about Twinkie Pie” on the table in the bookstore at the SCBWI conference, but I wasn’t[...]
Buzzy and Thomas Book Set
Are you looking for some extra projects for your child? We put together a companion activity book for our book,[...]
Kids Book Summer Giveaway
I'm participating in a kids book summer giveaway with other award winning authors! There are a wide variety of kids[...]
Book Review: “Viva Rose,” by Susan Krawitz
I've started working again with my wonderful editor, Susan Krawitz on my 2nd children's book, "Victoria and Dash Find True[...]
I love doing School Readings
I've hesitated to blog about my school readings because of the children's identities on the web. But, I've been very[...]
Jefferson's 275th birthday Coloring Page
April 13, 2018 marks Thomas Jefferson's 275th birthday! We've created a special coloring page just to celebrate. Click here to[...]
Book Review: “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio
WOW! I absolutely love "Wonder," by R.J. Palacio!! I read it in 3 days, thinking about the main character and[...]
What I learned at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Summer Conference
I'm a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and they held their annual Summer conference[...]
Book Review: “All Four Stars,” by Tara Dairman
I love writing book reviews. I also love cooking and raised a son who loves cooking, so much in fact[...]