Monday, January 29, 2018

School Library Journal Editors' Picks!

I'm with great company, with so many awesome board books.

"Urban explores animal-related idioms through a fun guessing game
that pairs bouncy rhymes with close-ups of different faces.
A whiskered, sharp-faced creature describes itself as
"Quick and cheeky, smart and sneaky.  I'm sly as a ..."
A page turn reveals the answer: a fox.  Vibrant images fill each page,
accompanied by large text.  Strategically placed die-cut holes and flashy,
fun details (a red bandana for the ox, a pair of sunglasses for the bat)
add to the charm."  - Mahnaz, Dar,  SLJ January 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy 2018 my friends!
I'm kicking off the new year with a book birthday!
It's so awesome to finally see
Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms hit the shelves!
Indeed, I am happy as a clam.
Cheers to an amazing and creative new year!

"It's a visually dramatic and playful exploration
of animals and language - especially the final scene
featuring a very happy clam with mirrored sunglasses."

- Publishers Weekly, November 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Advent Calendar

It's December 1st, and time to get out the Christmas advent calendar.
I whipped up this colorful Christmas count-down for my
college daughter.  My youngest was the best helper!
Fortunately, we had all the craft supplies handy - tissue paper, foam board,
tape, and number stickers.  We wrapped up small nail polish bottles,
perfume vials, decorative mini soaps, and fun holiday earrings.
Talk about last minute; I think it turned out really well!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sharing My Love of Books

These photos from Life Connection Mission made my day!
I sponsor a young girl through Life Connection Mission, and along
with my summer package for her, I sent my remaining
author's copies for the preschool kids in Haiti.
They are in need of so much more, but it warms my heart
to share my joy of books with them.

Several years ago, I initiated a program with authors and illustrators,
and collected children's book to donate to Life Connection Mission.
They are an amazing non-profit organization serving the
poorest children in the Western Hemisphere.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Rock Climbing Crystal Geode Party!

My daughter has figured out that having a graphic designer
for a mom is handy when it comes to her visions and ideas...

She had the unusual request for a
crystal-geode-sparkly-rocking climbing birthday party,
with special touches such as sparkly gems on the rock climbing
wall invitations.  Yep, girly-girl.

Making the cake was easier than it looks, and so fun!
We took some rock candy and broke the
sugar crystals off the sticks.

Surprisingly, our first attempt making this recipe for
marshmallow fondant was pretty successful.  
We added purple food coloring, folded the fondant over several times, 
and then started rolling for the marble effect.
It looked pretty cool, and my daughter really enjoyed the marbling. 

It was a bit tricky placing the fondant on the frosted cake;
we did not have any special fondant tools. 
We cut out a section for the geode, frosted the carved area,
and decorated it with rock candy.  And that was it!

Here's my fancy little rock climbing birthday girl.
Her friends loved the cake and
I loved the mommy-daughter baking time!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mixing Colors - A Colorful Spring Visit!

I had the pleasure of kicking-off the spring season
with these preschool cuties.
We flapped, stomped, cheered, buzzed, and wiggled through
storytime with our spring bug friends from

A spring book about color-mixing lends itself to 
a fun and colorful experiment! 
Next, I handed each child a spring egg filled with Playdoh™
that I had cut into flowers.  Each egg contained two of
each primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.
As you can imagine, the kids were excited to begin blending colors.

We kneaded the red and yellow flowers to make orange.
The blue and red flowers made purple.
And the blue and yellow flowers made green.
To prepare for this activity, be sure the depth of the yellow
flowers are twice as thick as the red and blue ones.

The children were thrilled to see the colors blend!

Lastly, we made stick puppets of the book characters.
We colored ladybugs, grasshoppers, bees, caterpillars, butterflies and crickets,
and decorated them with flower stickers.

We had a great time celebrating the spring season!

For more spring and color activities, visit:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fun Rainbow Color Activities for Kids!

I love these wonderful color activities from Toddler Approved. 
Pair them with reading Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!
for a playful and interactive storytime.

Make it a craft and coloring day too.  Check out some Color Wonder
spring craft activities, perfect for the older kids.

Younger kids will enjoy coloring, and making stick puppet
characters from Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!

Have fun!