Four Friendship-Themed Picture Books for February

Four Friendship-Themed Picture Books for February

It’s February!! Time to celebrate love and friendship!! While February 14th is Valentine’s Day here in the United States in many of the Hispanic countries I’ve visited the day is called “El Día del Amor y Amistad” or “The Day of Love and Friendship.” I love this more inclusive take on the holiday since I’m sure we’ve all experienced the disappointment of not having a special someone on the...

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Sink or Swim? How I Started Performing Solo

Sink or Swim? How I Started Performing Solo

Every once in awhile my Shutterfly account sends me an email to remind me what I was doing years ago. Recently I got one with the title, “Your memories from fourteen years ago.” I opened the message only to see pictures of me performing in Spain, back at the time when I lived in Madrid and worked for Interacting, an interactive theatre company that uses theatre to teach English to speakers of other languages. I’ll never forget how when...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of January 2018

Our Top Five Picture Books of January 2018

Here are five of our favorite books for the month of January! There’s a very wide range to explore here — everything from pasta to emotions to the alphabet to wild apes! We hope you’ll enjoy these five gems as much as we did.   The Great Pasta Escape by Miranda Paul; illustrated by Javier Joaquin This book will give you a whole new appreciation for pasta! I love the way each type of pasta, from macaroni to bow-tie, has...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of December 2017

Our Top Five Picture Books of December 2017

1. Super Manny Stands Up! By Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Manny loves to pretend he’s a superhero battling everything from armies of zombie bears to evil cloud monsters. At home he wears capes of many colors, but when he goes to school, he takes his invisible cape. Over lunch one day, he’s battling giant squid (his spaghetti and meatballs!) when he hears Tall One picking on Small One. He’s frozen and...

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Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Our Top Five Picture Books of November

Most days if you dropped by my house unexpectedly, you might think that a library had exploded inside. There are books on the couch, the bed, the table, going up the stairs. Books are everywhere! As a picture book author, I try to READ as many of the current picture books that I possibly can to help my craft. As a mom, I try to SHARE my love of books with my son. I love learning about his interests and seeing which books are his favorites and...

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Oh the Places You’ll Go . . . If You’re Flexible!

I received a copy of Dr. Seuss’s iconic classic, Oh the Places You’ll Go, as a high school graduation gift from my parents. It now sits on my three-year old’s book shelf and is an oft-requested choice for bedtime. I’ve always loved the title — and this summer I found myself thinking, “Oh the Places You’ll Perform.” Never in a million years could I have guessed where or for whom I’d be performing when...

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