I had an excellent time teaching young writers how to write biographies at Parr Library in Plano, Texas. Based on the WHO IS biography series, we made our own biography booklets. The program was a great success and I plan to have it again soon.
As you can see from the photo, the show must go on! The show was preschool story time and the power at the library went out just as I was starting today. I had a moment to decide what to do. Should I cancel story time and send everyone away? No way! I decided … More The Show Must Go On!
It’s time for a writing update. 2017 was an excellent year! I finished revising my middle grade novel and am now querying agents. I wrote twelve picture book drafts for the 12×12 Challenge and I am half-way through a rough draft of a new middle grade novel. I love writing!! It makes me feel like … More An Excellent Year
What makes a successful story time? Is it when children pay attention to the stories I read? Is it when they laugh at all the right places? Is it when they stand up and sing and clap along with me? It’s all of the above and more!! I take great care when I plan story … More Story Time Success
Skyfishing (A Grand Tale with Grandpa) By: Gideon Sterer This stunningly beautiful picture book captivated me. A grandfather with a passion for fishing moves to the city to live with his family. He soon realizes that there is nowhere to fish in the city. This is where his imaginative granddaughter comes into the story. She … More Saturday Picture Book
XO, OX A Love Story By: Adam Rex I laughed out loud reading this humorous love story between an ox and a gazelle. The two characters come to life through letters to each other in this humorous picture book. Ox is head over heels in love with Gazelle, but she does not return his affection. … More Picture Book Saturday
Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley I love, love, love this picture book! I admit that I have a soft spot for bees. Benedict has taken the bees for granted for too long. He eats his three jars of honey each day without giving a thought to all of the work the bees do … More Picture Book Saturday
Hard work eventually pays off. 2017 has been very productive so far. I have accomplished several goals that I set for myself already. I became a Gold member of 12×12 Challenge and I have written four new picture book manuscripts this year. I have completed the rough draft of my middle grade novel and will … More Hard Work Pays Off
Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins Kids and parents will both enjoy this new wordless (wink, wink) picture book by Ryan T. Higgins. Rupert the Mouse decides that he will create a wordless picture book because they are very artistic. There will be absolutely NO WORDS! Except when he has to tell his two very … More Picture Book Saturday
CHICKEN STORY TIME by Sandy Asher I present several weekly story times to preschool children and next week I am going to read CHICKEN STORY TIME. I got a good laugh out of this delightful picture book. What are chickens doing at the library? Watching story time of course! More and more children and … More Picture Book Saturday