February brings cold temperatures, thoughts of love and nonfiction fest. I'm looking forward to the NF Chicks' nonfiction fest the most. The nonfiction fest is a month-long crash course in writing nonfiction for children. They have lined up 29 award winning nonfiction authors and people in the publishing industry to help us learn the craft … Continue reading Free Course in Writing Nonfiction!
So sorry to have been absent for so long! 2018 has not gotten off to a great start. Between traveling to Houston twice for my father's surgery, an ice storm trapping in us in the hospital and the flu/strep/pneumonia hitting everyone in my household it's been one heck of a ride! But, I'm jumping back … Continue reading Mentor Monday
Back on January 10, I was lucky enough to help author Jacquie Sewell celebrate the debut of her nonfiction picture book Mighty Mac the Bridge That Michigan Built. If you missed my interview with her, please hop over and learn about her process and how Mighty Mac came to be. It's a great story! Today, … Continue reading Master Study Monday – Mighty Mac the Bridge That Michigan Built
Welcome to another Mentor Monday! I am very excited to review and study this week's book AFTER THE FALL:HOW HUMPTY DUMPTY GOT BACK UP AGAIN by Dan Santat. This well crafted picture book quickly became my favorite of 2017. Dan Santat took a well loved nursery rhyme, difficult subjects (depression, fear and overcoming obstacles) and … Continue reading Mentor Monday-After the Fall
Still a Gorilla is a charming rhyming preK-first grade story by author Kim Norman. Willy the gorilla wants to be another animal in the zoo. After each try, he's still a gorilla. In the end, he realizes that it's ok to be himself-a silly Willy gorilla. The rhymes are spot on and make this a fun, … Continue reading Mentor Monday -Still a Gorilla
Can you believe it’s already 2018? 2017 flew by like a hawk after it’s prey. Most people look at the new year as a time for resolutions and goal setting. How many of us have failed or forgotten our New Year’s resolutions by the third week of January? ME! Come on, I know I’m not … Continue reading Setting Goals for 2018
“On my desk is a stack of books. Some people call them mentor texts; I call them guardian angels. These are the books that guide me with a whisper of words, inspiring me to find my own voice as I write. They give me the knowledge and wisdom of what good-quality writing sounds and feels … Continue reading Top 10 (or more) Awesome Resources for Writers
My last blog post was in February of this year. 2018 has been a year that I am happy to leave behind. It has been full of changes and loss. Changes: I have returned to the classroom after 15 years as a stay-at-home mom. I am teaching Social Studies at a fantastic school. to a … Continue reading Goodbye 2018, I’m happy to see you go!
Thank you so much for celebrating the release of Mighty Mac the Bridge that Michigan Built by Jacquie Sewell. Her story was many years in the making, and her devotion and passion about the story of the Mighty Mac has brought life to an important event in Michigan history. If you are here for the … Continue reading Giveaway Winner & Mighty Mac Activities
Welcome to my inaugural debut author interview! I am excited to usher in this new blog series with debut author Jacquie Sewell. Jacquie’s book, Mighty Mac, The Bridge That Michigan Built is on shelves today.. Jacquie, thank you so much for letting me celebrate the release of Mighty Mac with you. Have you always been … Continue reading Mighty Mac and a Giveaway!
How’d the goal setting go? Got your steps mapped out and deadlines set? Awesome! One of my goals this year is to further my writing education. Whether it be from online webinars or classes, to reading about the craft. I plan to participate in something monthly. Today I’ve got a list of challenges, education opportunities … Continue reading Community & Education