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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It’s Monday! What are you reading? Visit Jen Vincent’s blog Teach Mentor Texts for more! 

This last week has been crazy busy! School and work and family. But I am so thankful for my 25 minute drive to work so I can listen to great books! 

This week I am reading 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass It is a really cute MG book about a girl turning 11 and all of the drama that happens with being 11. I am finding myself cringing and yelling and shouting ‘YES!’ Or ‘finally!’ Or ‘No! Don’t do it!’ As I am listening. My whole body cringes with the memories of being 11 myself, that’s how realistic this book is when it comes to tween age drama. 

I am also still plugging away at Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley I really like this book but it’s my ‘bedtime read’ since my other waking hours are spent working on homework. And since it’s my bedtime read I may only get through a page at a time before falling asleep. I love Gertie!! She is trying so hard to be great at something to draw the attention of her estranged mother, while at the same time being a 5th grader. 

This week I am also reading The Dot by Peter Reynolds to all of my kindergarten classes in celebration of International Dot Day! I adore this book about ‘making your mark’ it is perfect for everyone young and old alike. I can’t wait to read the book, do some activities and sing this great song by  Emily Arrow with them! 

So what are you reading today? 

15 years later

How to explain to your children that even hundreds of miles away the phone systems went down and we lost all communication with loved ones. 

How to explain the fear that completely overtook you. 

How to explain the uncertainty of protecting your unborn child from something completely unknown.

How to explain the shock you felt through your entire body as you witnessed a mammoth,  solid building disintegrate upon itself like it was made of paper. 

How to explain the world ‘before’…a world where family restaurants did not have TVs. A world without fear. 

These are not easy things to explain. Especially when 15 years later you still don’t understand why some people are so filled with hate. Sometimes it feels easier to not explain or talk about it. But that’s not the right thing to do…because when we ignore tough subjects it can make things worse. Or seem like they’re taboo and shouldn’t be talked about. This applies to everything…not just what happened 15 years ago today. 

So today, I will remember that day in my heart and with my family by telling my boys my story of September 11, 2001. 

It’s Monday! What are you reading? 

Excited to start blogging regularly and joining the #IMWAYR group! 

Today I finally finished Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. I was able to download the audio this summer courtesy of Sync

I’m reading a digital ARC Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley thanks to NetGalley. I remember what 5th grade was like with friends and cliques and still being a child but wanting to be grown up already. This is a great read so far! 

I’m also just getting into Full of Beans by Jenni Holm. I’ve anxiously been awaiting this one because I LOVED Turtle in Paradise. 

The past week has been crazy busy with new adventures as well as the return of college courses so my reading for fun time has been cut significantly.

However…I do still get to read for work! This week in one of my libraries we will be reading books about books! Including:

Where are My Books? By Debbie Ridpath Ohi 

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra 

Inside this book:(are three books) by Barney Saltzberg

Thanks to Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts,  Kellee from Unleashing Readers and Carrie Gelson at There is a Book for That for all of your amazing posts!