What I’ve Been Reading (October 2015)

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Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):


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Middle Grades (8-12 years):



Halloweensie Contest

For fun, I’m entering Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Halloweensie” contest this year. The rules: write a children’s story about Halloween in 100 words or less using the words costume, dark and haunt.
Happy Halloween, everyone!Trick-or-treat

Too Much (97 words)
By Susanne Whitehouse

Costumed kids are on the prowl
Mummies stalk and werewolves howl.

Haunted ghouls walk side by side
With fairies, clowns and little brides.

Ring the bell for something sweet
Bags outstretched, yell “Trick or Treat!”

Two down the hatch and one to keep
Must get more loot, so time to creep.

From street to street and door to door
They still press on and ask for more.

With bellies full, but bags so light
The mood is dark this Halloween night.

Too much candy has made them sick
Next time less treat and a lot more trick!

Check out Susanna’s blog and the other entries here.


PiBoIdMo 2015

Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is just days away! The concept is simple: piboidmo2015participantcome up with 30 picture book ideas in the 30 days of November. Can you do it? Are you up for the challenge? Head over to the website of picture book author and blogger extraordinaire, Tara Lazar, to sign-up. I’ve participated the past two years and am ready to do it again!

Every day you will be inspired by guest posts from picture book authors and illustrators. Check-out this amazing line-up:


Even if you get just one idea out of the challenge, wouldn’t it be worth it?

Go over there now and sign-up!



What I’ve Been Reading (September 2015)

Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):

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You Can Read It…Anywhere!

Personally, I think anywhere you read a book is a great place. But I’m sure there are some unusual places that you’ve read a book or seen someone else reading. Or maybe some strange positions you’ve found a reader?

I found my daughter reading her book in this position today while I was shopping for new carpet. Hilarious!


Channeling Dr. Seuss…you can read it on a plane, you can read it in the rain, in a park, at the fair, you can read it anywhere!

Anytime you are reading or see someone reading in an unusual spot or position, snap a picture and send it to me. Title it “You can read it…_________________”. I’ll post it here on the blog!

What I’ve Been Reading (August 2015)

Preschool (3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):


Early Elementary (5-8 years):


Middle Grades (8-12 years):