Every year, I look forward to participating in several of Susanna Leonard Hill's writing contests. She has tough rules and FANTASTIC prizes, plus it's a fun way to stretch my brain... and my imagination! This year's Guilty Valentine Story Contest was a hard one for me. I struggle. I stumbled, and... I gave up a few times. … Continue reading It’s Contest Time!
Have you had a chance to read about my latest, most-favoritest character: Nerdy Birdy? If you haven't: Run to the nearest bookstore and... Sign on to your local library account and... Head on over to Amazon and... Do whatever you have to do and... ... get your hands on the funniest books I've seen in … Continue reading Nerdy Birdy Has Won My Heart!
It's been a busy few months, but I can't let the school year come to an end without letting you know how proud I am of the 4th and 5th grade students from Cabarrus, Catawba, Iredell, Forsyth, and Mecklenburg counties who participated in their county and/or state Fire and Life Safety Bowls. These students studied … Continue reading Safey Bowl Sparks Children’s Writing
3rd month of the year and the 3rd writing challenge! So happy about that. Vivian Kirkfield's #50PreciousWords Writing Contest has been a lot of fun. Kirkfield created this writing challenge in 2016 to honor Seuss! This year was tough! I didn't get inspired like I did last year. I sat and I sat. I scribbled. … Continue reading I Love a Challenge! #50PreciousWords
Visited my local library a few weeks ago and they had an entire shelf of books featuring the word, RED, for Valentine's Day. As I passed by, a quiet, little book caught my attention. I thought I'd read every fire truck book known to man, but to my surprise I'd missed one! A Fire Truck … Continue reading A Fire Truck Named Red – A Picture Book Review
Of all the picture books I read last year, Ida, Always touched my heart like no other. This beautifully written story by Caron Levis and illustrated by Charles Santoso takes readers on a powerful journey of love, friendship, and loss. It shows how a heart swells, how it breaks in two, and how it magically … Continue reading Ida Always – A Picture Book Review
Hope you are enjoying the day with friends and loved ones. In my previous post, I described Susanna Leonard Hill's Valentiny Writing Contest 2018. A few days ago, I submitted an entry about love under the sea. Then yesterday, two puppies entered my head. They claimed all the space and I had to bang out … Continue reading BE MINE FUREVER!
The American Red Cross has a new slogan just in time for Valentine's Day week! Show the ones you love just how much you value their safety by checking their smoke alarms, changing batteries if needed, and making sure they have alarms installed on every level of their home and in all sleeping areas. Smoke … Continue reading You Make My Heart Go Beep! Beep! Beep!
Friends - It's time to tell you about Susanna Leonard Hill's WITH HOPEFUL HEART - 3rd annual Valentiny Writing Contest which is all about writing "big emotion for little people." This year's story must be a maximum 214 words and contain a character who is hopeful. I'm very excited to enter this contest for a third … Continue reading With Hopeful Heart! Contest
As a Fire & Life Safety Educator, I collect books on safety-related or job-related topics. I have a couple hundred, I'm sure. While I can't review them all, I would like to review some of my personal favorites from time to time. Maybe you'll find a few you've never heard of before or find something … Continue reading Sadie: The Dog Who Finds the Evidence: Review