Category Archives: For Parents

National Haiku Day Challenge

Today is NATIONAL HAIKU DAY! A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. Haikus do NOT rhyme and are made up of 3 lines with 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables.  I’m celebrating NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY with a challenge.  This is for kids, parents, teachers, or anyone that wants to try their hand at […]

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):

2018 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The John Newbery Medal and Randolph Caldecott Medal winners, along with the Honor books, have been announced! I already placed them on reserve at my local library. Of course, now that these books are famous, it will be much harder to find them! John Newbery Medal Awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This […]

What I’ve Been Reading (Dec 2017)

Preschool (ages 3-5 years) & Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years) & Middle Grades (8-12 years):

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!

What I’ve Been Reading (August 2017)

This summer has been jam-packed with activities, vacations and lots of reading. Here are my favorites from what I read in August. Preschool (3-5 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years): Early Elementary (5-8 years) & Middle Grade (8-12 years): Middle Grade (8-12 years): Young Adult (12+ years):