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#HomeHaiku Challenge Winners!

For NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY last week, I challenged you to write #HomeHaiku poems about your time at home during this quarantine and you did not disappoint! Here are my two favorites made into fun graphics. Enjoy! “Zoom” by Patty S. in MD: “QuaranTine with T’s” by Scott R. in VA  

I Heart Books

It’s been weeks (months???) of this quarantine and I’m sure everyone is struggling with their new routines, or lack thereof. I’m finding myself spending lots of time in front of a screen, between my grad school work, my elementary school library stuff, and helping my children with their schoolwork. Starting and ending my day with […]

What I’ve Been Reading (June 2018)

At the end of June, I always look forward to my week at The Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University. As a teacher and children’s book writer, I am completely in my element and end up buying way more books than I think I will! Here are some of my favorite books by the authors […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Feb. 2018)

I’m gearing up for Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) in March and have started reading some great books. Here are some of my favorites so far: Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years):Early Elementary (5-8 years): Middle Grades (8-12 years):

Matt de la Pena’s LOVE

Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate this day of love with Matt de la Pena’s newest book, LOVE. The New York Times Book Review says this of LOVE: “Everything that can be called love — from shared joy to comfort in the darkness — is gathered in the pages of this reassuring, refreshingly […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Jan 2018)

Life at my house has been a little crazy lately. School is overwhelmingly busy, basketball season is in full swing AND we got a Great Dane puppy in November! As you can imagine, my writing and reading time has been pretty much nonexistent this month. However, I did manage to revisit an old Steven Kellogg […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Nov 2017)

Infant & Toddler (ages 0-3 years) & Preschool (ages 3-5 years):Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (ages 5-8 years): Early Elementary (ages 5-8 years):

What I’ve Been Reading (Oct. 2017)

My library book bag was full of great books this month! Happy reading! Infant & Toddler (ages 0-3 years) & Preschool (ages 3-5 years): Preschool (ages 3-5 years): Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years): Middle Grades (8 to 12 years):

What I’ve Been Reading (Sept 2017)

School is in full swing, but I’ve managed to read a few winners this past month. Here are some great books to read. Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years): Middle Grades (8-12 years): Middle Grades (8-12 years) & Young Adult (12 and up): Happy reading!