Friday, November 17, 2017

ICYM: Why Picture Book Are Important by Me!

A Picture Book is a Love Triangle.
A picture book provides the perfect trifecta of literary love between the child, the reader, and the book. It’s a connector. A meeting place. 
Let me explain. 
After four years of serving on the Picture Book Month team as the Educational Consultant and creator of the Picture Book Month Teacher's Guide, it is an absolute honor this year to be a Picture Book Month Champion!

For those of you who don't know, Picture Book Month is an international initiative that celebrates picture books throughout the month of November. Each day a Champion is asked to share on Why Picture Books are Important.

The link to my post is here. I dedicate this to my dear friend, Dianne de las Casas, the founder of Picture Book Month who is no longer with us but who leaves behind an enduring legacy of connection, story, and love.

Monday, November 6, 2017

See You at the WNY Children's Book Expo in Buffalo, NY!

BUFFALO, NY friends, come on out!

Thank you to Salina Yoon for this graphic!

I'm looking forward to a super exciting author-filled event (38 authors in one place for 5 hrs with various readings and events happening) at the WNY Children's Book Expo, founded by Monkey See, Monkey Do... Children's Bookstore.

And while at the Book Expo, be sure to come by the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Main Stage from 12:05-12:30pm for my presentation, "EXPLORE Imagination Through Pretend Play" and learn how to mine your stuffed animals and pets for storytelling inspiration!

Also looking forward to visiting my niece and her entire fourth grade at Maple East Elementary and my best friend's son's class at Edukids preschool.

It's SHAPING up to be one PARTY-filled week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I'm a Picture Book Month 2017 Champion

I am super honored to be a Picture Book Month Champion this year.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates print picture books during the month of November.

Every day there will be a new post from a Picture Book Champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. 

I do hope you will consider reading along and sharing the love, joy, and importance of picture books in your own day to day throughout the month.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

It's Super Happy Party Time, Little Rock!

We're on the road again! 

Come meet LEGO Ziggy Bear at BrickUniverse Little Rock this weekend! He's 5ft tall!

For more information and tickets, visit

Thursday, October 19, 2017

TEACHERS: Get Your FREE DOWNLOAD of the LOVE, TRIANGLE Cross-Curricular Teacher's Guide

Teachers, students, and Love, Triangle! Now that's one spectacular trio!

Chockfull of STEMy goodness, both Love, Triangle and it's totally cross-curricular Teacher's Guide are shaping up to be excellent classroom library additions.

Download the FREE Love, Triangle Teacher's Guide here.
Oh, and if your school or classroom is interested in a school visit or Skype visit, go to for more information on booking today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Book Birthday to LOVE, TRIANGLE!

From Susan Hawk, Upstart Crow Literary (read the whole article at

…Circle and Square just fit, the way best friends do. Then someone new comes along: Triangle. Triangle is different, bold, inspiring. A wedge develops between Circle and Square and before long, they find they no longer fit the way they used to. Can this friendship for two grow to become one for three?
The genius of LOVE, TRIANGLE is its geometry-inspired wordplay, but the story will resonate with even the youngest readers – after all, you don’t have to understand the Pythagorean Theorem to know what it’s like when a friendship gets bent out of shape, and needs to be put back together again.
Find LOVE, TRIANGLE in your library or local bookstore today!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Ziggy is Coming For Ya, Cleveland!

If you are in the Cleveland, Ohio area, the 5 FOOT TALL LEGO Ziggy (and me) wants to meet YOU at BrickUniverse!

Ziggy is part of Jonathan Lopes's gallery of 30+ LEGO sculptures, including the 10 foot long Manhattan Bridge and a 6 foot tall Mr. Tiger from Peter Brown's MR. TIGER GOES WILD.

We hope to see you!

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