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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It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

When people ask me what I do, I often respond with, “I’m an interactive storyteller.” But most people (understandably!) have a hard time understanding what that means. Until you’ve seen what I do it can be difficult to describe. For a long time I’ve wanted to add videos to my website to give people a taste of what I do. However, since I use audience participation, I can’t post videos publicly without signed release...

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It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

I never thought I’d find a job I loved as much as being a storyteller . . . then I became a mom. Twice-over! Alejandro joined our family at the end of February and quickly became adored by his big brother, Rafael, and of course his doting parents. He’s an easy-going baby who is always smiling. At 4 months old, he is finding his voice, and while it’s still too early to tell, it seems we may have another storyteller in the...

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Inspiration and Intersection: More Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program

Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program was so filled with wonderful moments that I couldn’t fit them all into one post! Here are a few more of my highlights: Inspiring and Empowering Someone Else On Saturday an adult woman slipped into the back row at my performance. At the conclusion, she introduced herself and said that she is a teacher at a school in a prison town. Many of her students have family members who are incarcerated and when...

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Leaving a Mark: Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Pogram

When I was in college, one of my favorite quotes was by Socrates. The unexamined life is not worth living. To me it was a reminder to make time to reflect upon my choices, how I spent my time, the direction I was headed in order to know how to live my best life possible. In educational circles, I believe they call this being a reflective practitioner. Basically, we act/live then examine/reflect. So while I know that the summer is my busiest...

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