Welcome Author Susan Wroble – Giveaway Alert

Today I am happy to have Susan Wroble on the blog. She’s a local author friend who serves as one of our SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Rocky Mountain Chapter Regional Advisors and has been a supporter of this blog from the beginning. I’m grateful for so many ways she contributes toContinue reading “Welcome Author Susan Wroble – Giveaway Alert”

Joy of Author & Teacher Life

Here they are as eighth graders joining me during a presentation at the Chicago Public Library. I’m honored and humbled to still be in contact with former students and their families. It’s one of the things I take considerable pride in as a teacher. I know I’ve made a difference in the lives of myContinue reading “Joy of Author & Teacher Life”

Winner Announcement 10/7/22

Congratulations to Lynn Becker, winner of middle grade novel DAD’S GIRLFRIEND AND OTHER ANXIETIES. by author Kellye Crocker! Thank you Kellye for being on the blog. Lynn, email me so that I can connect you with your prize. I’ve been traveling and busy with my own book events and news recently but I have twoContinue reading “Winner Announcement 10/7/22”

Winner Announcement 9/8/22

Congratulations to Jolene Gutiérrez winner of the triple middle grade giveaway from Fleur Bradley, Alda P. Dobbs and Jessica Speer! You’ll be getting DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, and MIDDLE SCHOOL- SAFETY GOOGLES ADVISED. Don’t miss the quadruple Picture Book Giveaway that I shared this with with amazing authors JulieContinue reading “Winner Announcement 9/8/22”

A Tribute to Librarians & Libraries

Today I’m sharing a beautifully written post about the power of librarians and libraries. I hope you are all as inspired as I am reading this essay. Hanh Bui guest post on Betsy Bird’s Fuse8 blog Libraries and Librarians Enrich Lives Far Beyond Books! Recently I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some new authors andContinue reading “A Tribute to Librarians & Libraries”

Virtual and IRL Friends

If you’re like me, you have people who you consider friends but have never met in real life. I’ve seen other bloggers say they consider their followers and bloggers they interact with real friends. This seemed to be especially true since March 2020 when … well we all know what happened. In the world ofContinue reading “Virtual and IRL Friends”

In Person School Visit

I had my first school visit on Friday after 25 months of virtual events. There is nothing more gratifying to connect with children in person. I loved reading Aliana Reaches for the Moon to each group, seeing their faces (some in masks, some not) during the story and hearing their reactions during and after theContinue reading “In Person School Visit”

Welcome Author Chelsea Lin Wallace – Giveaway Alert

I’ve been connected with Chelsea through social media and Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge for a few years. She’s shared some lovely poetry, photos of her adorable daughter, and some other posts that brought me to messaging her and ultimately to this interview. She’s one of many authors I haven’t met in person butContinue reading “Welcome Author Chelsea Lin Wallace – Giveaway Alert”