4 semesters in and too many more to count, but I have a complete break from classes for a solid week before another one begins. Its getting both easier and harder at the same time. Easier, as in I’m getting more comfortable with my classmates, the course work, and the fact that I’m capable of more than I give myself credit for. Harder, as in the time, the money, the frustrations with the education system, both k12 & higher ed, the time, and have I mentioned time? As much as it makes little sense to continue on for the foreseeable future, I just want the end result so badly I’m in it for the long haul, negatives aside. I wish I was as determined with exercise 😉
Drink more water
Quality family time
Date nights with my hubby
Finish what I start
Do something just for me
Cook something new
Individual time with my boys
Less self hate talk more love
Less time wasting social media but more meaningful conversations.
NerdcampMI is a MUST ATTEND event for all educators!! Just look at who is coming…so far! ❤
It’s that time of the year again! We’re going to start announcing the list of book creators coming to Nerd Camp. Every day or so, we’ll add creators to the list until the list is complete. We have more than 50 authors/illustrators attending camp this year. You can learn more about Nerd Camp by clicking […]
Like we needed another reason to LOVE children’s book authors and illustrators ❤ ❤ ❤
Illustration by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.
Therefore we, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.
Our country is deeply divided. The recent election is a clear indication of the bigotry that is entrenched in this nation, of…
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Growing up I had the sweetest elementary librarian named Mrs. Grove. She would sing to us, read us poetry, let us take turns holding the cutest stuffed Paddington Bear, and even had a wait list for favorites like The White Stallion, The New Kid on the Block or Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. […]