Friday, March 24, 2017

Hike the Reading Trail at Camp Miller

Wow! I was so excited to be a part of this year's Right to Read Week at Miller Elementary School. This year's theme was Hike the Reading Trail at Camp Miller. On Thursday night, I hosted a family reading night that was very well attended. Thank you to all the families who came out for a night of stories around the campfire!

Standing room only!
5 years ago I hosted my first large storytelling event in this gymnasium. Since then, I have learned so much about storytelling.
I adapted Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats to Over in the Campsite. We went on a hike to find animals. 
The kids carried signs of the animals we found and then joined me for a hike around the gym.
My book, Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Shapes, is a perfect book for a camping themed storytime.
Time for marshmallows and the "campfire pokey".
Going on a Bear Hunt -- the grass was tall and wavy and the mud was deep. We couldn't go over it. We couldn't go under it.  We had to go through it.
It's a Bear! Hurry! Back through the cave. Back through the river. Back through the mud. Back through the grass.
Is the bear gone? 
Reading Night Animals by Gianna Marino.
I had some help acting out the book.
The grand finale was the GREAT BIG MOOSE campfire "repeat after me" song!
(Do you like my moose hat?)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Dr. Seuss Interactive Storytime at Echo Hills Elementary

Thank you to Echo Hills Elementary PTA for inviting me to their Literacy Night. This opportunity allowed me to present my first ever interactive Dr. Seuss storytime. I used many of the ideas from our Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations on Happy Birthday Author for a Dr. Seuss Game Show. The kids at Echo Hills really knew their Dr. Seuss Books!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A fun day in New Philadelphia!

I was glad the whole family came along!
I was thankful to participate in this wonderful event!
Battle Boos designed by kids at the Reading Festival!
The boy that designed this Battle Boo worked so hard. I was impressed with his grandma's patience to allow him to finish!
I love the mustache on #155!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone for supporting me during this Halloween season. It was my most successful yet! Special thanks goes out to Geauga County Public Library for hosting the Author Fair, Monroe's Orchard for hosting 3 Apple Festivals, Northern Ohio SCBWI for inviting me to the Self-publishing Rountable, Craddock Elementary School for inviting me to speak to all the second grade classrooms, Miller Elementary School for allowing me to read THREE GHOST FRIENDS for storytime in the library, Stephanie Mora for organizing a surprise preschool book order, Miss S for inviting me to read TGF BATTLE BOOS as mystery reader, everyone who bought one of my books, everyone who made my day by telling me that their child "loves my book", to all the children who told me "Your books are really good", my friends, family, and anyone else I may have forgotten.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Yesterday, my daughter asked me to blow up a "BOO-LOON". I blew up that one for her and these are for you! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

School Visit to Craddock Elementary School

Thank you Craddock Elementary School for inviting me to spend the day with all the second graders! I want to wish you good luck writing your personal narratives! YOU ARE WRITERS!