Hello, Friends! When you think about time spent by a bright blue sea, you might daydream about a cool ocean breeze, playtime in the surf, tide pools exploration, or sand castles! But that vast expanse of water is also filled with shapes and numbers. Here are THREE fun and easy ways to bring those math… Read more »Read More
Make This! A Growing, Slithering Sea Snake of Book Covers (perfect for visually punctuating your reading adventures!)
Oh, Friends! Things are about to get really special. Today’s installment of our ocean-themed, summer reading project has it all! Think picture books + miniature book covers + art + story time for the win. (If this is your first visit here, Welcome! And it’s not too late to dive in. I’ve got all the… Read more »Read More
Time to make your cardboard-YELLOW-SUBMARINE dreams come TRUE!
Want a summer project that’s steeped in books and crafts? One that creates memories of a lifetime for your own kiddos, your students, or the tiniest library patrons… I have got you SO covered! In celebrating Summer Reading’s 2022 theme of Oceans of Possibilities, I’m giving the step-by-step on how to make the world’s most… Read more »Read More
Why You Need Your Own Personal Ocean (and How to Get one!)
What is it about the ocean that brings calm, inspires us to dream, oh… and is filled with so many stories and so much science to keep our brains well fed? This summer librarians across the country are celebrating all things oceans with a cool summer reading theme: Ocean of Possibilities. I am so here… Read more »Read More
How to Tell the Kids! Today’s Groundbreaking Milky Way Discovery
There is nothing more exciting than scientific discovery! Nothing! And about space? Black Holes? In our Milky Way Galaxy? All the Better! Meet our very own Milky Way black hole! It’s called Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A Star). And today The Event Horizon Telescope Team revealed the first image of our own black hole, at… Read more »Read More
Classroom Set GIVEAWAY!
Hello, Educators, Teachers, and Librarians! Welcome to my blog and I’m so excited to tell you about a super fun giveaway! If you want to a book that is full of edge-of-your-seat action, that serves up U.S. History like a bowl of delicious ice cream, and is beautifully illustrated… but most of all… inspires your… Read more »Read More
Chowder Rules! Earns Maine’s Lupine Honor Award!
Friends, I’ve got some good news to share and am ready to shout it from Mt. Katahdin to Kennebunkport! My latest book Chowder Rules! The True Story of an Epic Food Fight received Maine’s Lupine Honor Award! This is so special because the award is given by the Maine Library Association, what an unbelievable accolade! I mean if… Read more »Read More
Reading that TASTES so GOOD!
Friends! First a confession. You already know I wrote a book about the Mainer who tried to make illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder. It’s a true story from Maine’s 1930’s history. The matter was ultimately resolved with a cook-off: Manhattan vs. New England. Even Joe DiMaggio found himself ensnared in this controversy! So… Read more »Read More
How To TALK TO KIDS About Wednesday’s Domestic Terror Attack and Insurrection, and What it Means for the Future of America
In writing this headline, I chose my words VERY carefully. I wanted to make sure I found the most accurate words to describe what we all witnessed at our nation’s capital Wednesday. The FBI’s own definition of Domestic Terrorism most closely describes the violent scenes of radicalized extremists storming the capitol building in an attempt… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID Summer Learning: Black Joy! Our Black History Awakening
Hello Friends! As part of our summer learning adventure, we are in the midst of an amazing, eye-opening, heart-swelling journey through Black History. It’s all coming together visually with our Black History Awakening Mural project. The recipe here is simple: Books + movies + crafts = mural. This beautiful mural is serving as a deep-conversation… Read more »Read More