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
WRITING TIP! An Alarm Bell is Ringing in Your Brain. Why You Need to Listen
Here’s one of the first lessons I learned as a journalist… I was sitting in the state capitol in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. A debate was underway as to whether the Red Sox should stay at Fenway Park or build a new stadium in a different location. It was a hot button issue of huge… Read more »Read More
Cause To Celebrate!
Hello, friend. It’s the holiday season and I don’t know about you, but I am feeling all the feels. The lights, the tree, candles, egg nog, bring it on. I’m just waiting for our first Maine snowfall of the season which amazingly hasn’t happened yet, other than an overnight dusting that disappeared as soon as… Read more »Read More
Black Hole Chasers: The Amazing True Story of an Astronomical Breakthrough
My older brother and I are huge space fans. Even though we live on opposite sides of the country, we often have bi-coastal geek outs over everything from rocket launches to scientific breakthroughs to new discoveries in space (not to mention the abundance of sci-fi shows and movies during this golden age of the small… Read more »Read More
Meet The Illustrator: Yas Imamura and the Magical Power of Visual Storytelling
Oh, Readers! Have you seen the stunning illustrations in my latest picture book, The Gravity Tree? Jaw dropping, right?! Let me introduce you to the talented artist who brilliantly brought this book to life, Yas Imamura. I had the opportunity to talk to Yas about her creative process, why visual storytelling was essential for this… 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
Sneak Peek! An Early Look at One Girl’s Remarkable Heroism
Want inspiration? Meet Kate Moore. She lived in the 1800’s and when her father was no longer physically able to do his job, Kate took over—-and became a lighthouse keeper—at age 12! She would go on to save twenty three lives. I’ve been researching her life for the last seven years. I mean digging through… Read more »Read More