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
One of the best things about being a children's author is all of the many wonderful people I've meet along the way. Of them all, one of my absolute favorites is my critique partner, Jill Roman Lord. Jill lives in Charlotte, NC and is a nurse anesthetist, a runner, and a Christian children's author with … Continue reading That Grand Easter Day – Review
New addition to the blog this year: children's book reviews! Last year I did an amazing thing! I set a goal to read 375 picture books, but I surpassed that goal and read 420+ picture books and a slew of chapter books. The more I read; the more I developed a system to know what … Continue reading New for 2018 – Book Reviews
Sounds kinda funny coming from a pescetarian like myself, but I truly feel like I've won the Biltmore Estate or something grand! For several years now, I've participated in Tara Lazar's StoryStorm in January as a way to jump start my writing for the new year. Each day there is an inspirational blog post from … Continue reading Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!
Yay! Today is here. It's World Read Aloud Day! And just what are you doing to celebrate? If you don't know, this site gives you a few ideas. Here are a few of mine: Drop by the library and pick up a book (any children's book) and just remember what it was like to be … Continue reading World Read Aloud Day — Feb. 1, 2018