Rebecca Koehn Celebrates with a Gift!

Rebecca Koehn Celebrates with a Gift!

Rebecca Koehn Celebrates with a Gift!  I’m doing the “Happy Dance” and tossing confetti for Rebecca Koehn’s debut picture book After the Rain! Rebecca is a talented writer, plus my dear friend and critique partner. She knows the patient hard work behind...
Ingall’s PENCIL–A STORY WITH A POINT

Ingall’s PENCIL–A STORY WITH A POINT

Your favorite little ones will find humor and heart within Ann Ingalls’ new release PENCIL—A STORY WITH A POINT. Ingalls is a master storyteller, creating characters that Dean Griffith sketches life into so they live beyond the page. Readers will see the old-fashion...
A TEACHER’S PRAYER

A TEACHER’S PRAYER

Help me be grateful For the students who like to learn, And feel challenged by those who don’t. Help me be thankful For the students I love, And understand those I’m learning to love. Help me be motivated By the students who learn to think, And be committed to those...
CHOOSE TO BE FEARLESS

CHOOSE TO BE FEARLESS

My mother was fearless. She fed a cub in Yellowstone before “Do NOT Feed the Bears” became park policy. She eluded a cobra attack in her garden in India, thanks to her mali lopping off its head. In the dark before dawn, she and my father escaped Hitler-occupied...
POETRY PERCOLATES MORE THAN COFFEE

POETRY PERCOLATES MORE THAN COFFEE

When our prose is clunky or cloudy, writing poetry can keep the mind and imagination percolating. After all, our mantra is Write, Write, Write. We jostle words and arc stories daily to crack open that gem of a story. When our brains are fuzzed, I suggest penciling...
GROWING UP UNDER A ROCK

GROWING UP UNDER A ROCK

I must have grown up under a rock in Detroit. Diversity didn’t mean much to me until college. In the 60s, I interned in a 2nd grade classroom in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Every day we held story time writing. As I read a book aloud, students drew and wrote about something...