Reflecting on the Week

One of the things I love about nature is how it’s always changing. The light at different times of day creates new views. This was taken early evening when the wind had subsided. The greens were glowing in a way I’d never noticed before. I hope the images and rhetoric from the news this weekContinue reading “Reflecting on the Week”

An author in the Spotlight

Tomorrow, I’m honored to be featured in the Children’s Books Spotlight Series which shares stories of authors and illustrators. You probably enjoyed the Last full moon of the decade and I’ve shared many other moon photos in my blog over the years. I’ve learned through many readers how strong an impact the moon has onContinue reading “An author in the Spotlight”

Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines. I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show withContinue reading “Reflections on a School Visit”

Bookstore Magic

The picture book community is full of supportive people who help each other in a variety of ways. We are an interconnected web of authors and illustrators who may have never met in person, but truly are friends. The photo above, taken last Friday, has two of the most supportive members of this community. JulieContinue reading “Bookstore Magic”

Six Months Later – Six Highlights

ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON was released on 2/19/19 (An author’s reflection in no particular order) Reconnecting with children I used to teach and their families and knowing how proud they are that I reached this goal. Being on panels and in groups which connected me with authors of distinguished status. Being part of ApollopaloozaContinue reading “Six Months Later – Six Highlights”

Author-of-the-Month (follow up to Shop Local)

I truly enjoyed the month of April as Author-of-the-Month at all four Timbuk Toys stores in Denver. It was lovely meeting people and sharing Aliana Reaches for the Moon. Toy stores are such a happy place. I received a warm welcome each time I visited a store from both the employees and shoppers. I enjoyedContinue reading “Author-of-the-Month (follow up to Shop Local)”

Shop Local

There are so many ways and reasons why it’s important to support local businesses. Independent book stores are my favorite places to visit no matter where I travel. It’s been a while since I shopped for toys, but for the month of April I’ll be spending a lot of time at a Denver toy store,Continue reading “Shop Local”

Why I love Social Media

More from my visit to Chicago I was a teacher and reading specialist in Chicago for ten years. My final year was full of wonderful memories of children I will never forget. I had the good fortune to work with two first graders that made every day rewarding. They were both the little sisters ofContinue reading “Why I love Social Media”