Looking Forward

Milford Alive 2015 Milford FoundersIt’s been a long, hot, often challenging summer, and I look forward to fall, cool weather, my son’s football games, and rejoining the book world with some school and author visits. A favorite last year was participating under the banner of the Frenchtown Book Garden at Milford Alive! a super fun and festive community celebration known for its wacky “bed races.” Here’s an archival photo of Milford’s founders holding my then newest book. I have a new one to share with visitors this year, The Boy Who Said Nonsense! Here’s the link to Milford Alive 2016. P.S. I’m working this week on updating my website and events calendar. Are you interested in attending—or scheduling—a signing? Please visit my events calendar and contact pages. And stay cool this week—there’s still some summer left!

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Coming Full Circle

On the way to this season’s first football practice last night, my son and the boys we drive talked about the new school year beginning in a few weeks. Each boy admitted (sheepishly) to anticipating what’s to come. This is a signal of life coming full circle—a place of expectation where endings and beginnings meet. Our lives have shape, follow patterns—and these shapes and patterns are reflected in the world. They form part of our first lessons. It reminded me of my first book, Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, recommended by this authors of this article about teaching the circle shape: http://www.childcarequarterly.com/pdf/spring15_circle.pdf.

Pages from Go round--Teach the circle shapePick a Circle, Gather Squares--A Fall Harvest of Shapes COVER

Speaking of shapes, here’s one of my Pick a Circle, Gather Squares shape-themed activity sheets, while there’s still some summer free time:

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares--Crow Tic Tac Toe activity sheet

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Bloom Where You’re Planted!

Today is National Underwear Day. If you live in New Orleans, you may be be getting ready for a parade. Instead of donning a fresh pair of bloomers, what I can offer you here this sunny August Friday is fresh air and blooms. Cheers!

Sunflower spread from Cheers for a Dozen Ears--A Summer Crop of Counting

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An apple (book) a day…

Listing includes From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!

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Honk! Honk!

Get out those umbrellas! (Honk if you love puddle-jumping!

Sun Above and Blooms Below Stop Go Spread

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Snow in July

How about, before it’s over and to beat this summer’s relentless
heat and humidity, a little snowy winter in July?

Yellow pages from Sugar White Snow and Evergreens--A Winter Wonderland of Color by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

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Summer Bucket List Includes Berry Picking, and Cheers for a Dozen Ears!

It’s so much fun to find out when young families are enjoying one of my books: “But wait, there’s more! In case you missed it, I mentioned in our Summer Bucket List, Booked Up, a fabulous book on this topic that we read after our berry picking adventure: Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. A GREAT intro to a variety of yummy summer crops from the farmers’ market. It seriously makes me hungry every time I read it!”

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I’m Looking Forward to Getting Back into the Summer Swing of Things

I’m looking forward to getting back into the summer swing of things by sharing my books
at the Third Annual Stanton Community Day on August 4.
Thanks for inviting me to participate!

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In December I visited with the students in the Hunterdon Central High School Workplace Readiness Program. The students’ sense of humor and honesty about the obstacles they face and their hopefulness about their own futures filled me with joy and renewed purpose—and reminded me we should never, ever let anyone tell us our dreams and goals are nonsense.

December 2015 Hunterdon Central Workplace Readiness Visit 2

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A Very Good Fortune

a very good fortune

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