One week break…

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 😉 

It’s a new day!

I’m not a resolution girl but I do like to have goals…even if I don’t reach them 😉 so here’s to a new day, a new year, a fresh start! 

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. 

Nerd Camp 2017 Authors and Illustrators — SHARPREAD

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 […]

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A Declaration in Support of Children

Like we needed another reason to LOVE children’s book authors and illustrators ❤ ❤ ❤

faceofhope 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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