As a former educator and aspiring children’s author, I still believe my mantra of “Knowledge is Power.” I am always trying to better myself and my craft. In today’s technological world, it is much easier to find classes, webinars, self-paced courses and a myriad of other types of education that may not be available in … Continue reading It’s a Brave New World
Welcome to our first official Master Study Monday! I hope you had a chance to read The Snurtch by Sean Ferrell. I love this story. It reminds me that we all have our own Snurtch that rears its head from time to time. Let’s jump into our study. I’m not going to insult you by … Continue reading Master Study Monday #2
Dread seeps into my bones when I hear those words. Like Big Foot, showing not telling is elusive and almost impossible to capture. How do you balance the show VS tell? First, you need to know what they are. Telling is a passive almost abstract way of saying something. It doesn't involve the reader. For example, … Continue reading Show. Not Tell.
I LOVE anything by children's author Tara Lazar. Anything. She has an innate ability to weave her words into a humorous tale that results in laughter by both children and adults. That my friends takes talent! Her latest creation is a pun filled tome that answers the life-long question of why 7 Ate 9. Written in film … Continue reading 7 Ate 9 Review
I know, Monday’s are like potholes in the road of life, but I hope that Monday Master Studies will brighten your day and help you build a mentor text resource. I participated in Arree Chung’s 6-week Storyteller Academy and learned so much! If you aren’t familiar with Arree, he is the author and illustrator of … Continue reading Master Study Monday #1
Summer vacation is only 4 weeks old but it’s already kicked my rump! The week after school was out, we hit the road to soak up some Texas history at the Alamo (I was in heaven!), some culture at the historic Market Square (and fabulous Mexican food!), the San Antonio Zoo where inspiration hit and … Continue reading Summer Revamp
While in Abilene, ( story here) my family completed the "scavenger hunt" for all of the storybook sculptures. It was a fun beautiful day. When we got home, we checked all of the books out from out library and read them again. Here's a look at the sculptures through my lens. Make sure to visit the Storybook … Continue reading Abilene-Storybook Capitol of Texas, Part 2
If you love children's books like I do, then Abilene is a MUST stop destination on your travels through Texas. I'm fortunate enough to be a 3 hour drive away. The Mr. and I decided to take our girls on a little day trip for Spring Break. (Honestly, I REALLY wanted to visit the National Center … Continue reading Abilene-Storybook Capital of Texas
Today, March 2, is Theodore Geisel's birthday. Better known as Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel was a prolific children's writer. In 1960, Random House founder Bennet Cerf challenged Seuss to write a children's book using only 50 words.The result of this challenge, Green Eggs and Ham was born! Granted, the story has over 700 words, but, … Continue reading #50PreciousWords
I just completed my first Storystorm challenge and ended up with 34 picture book ideas! Some of them may be good, some not so much, but I'm looking forward to fleshing them out to see what I've got. I am participating in the Write On Conference this week. The line-up looks pretty good and there … Continue reading I Did It!