Author Archives: Prairie Garden Girl

About Prairie Garden Girl

I am a wife who is adored by my Sweet Perry. Together we are parents to five boys and grandparents to seven unique grands. Pa Perry and Oma Sue love instilling the love of learning in the hearts of Johannah, Joshua & Jaxon; Henry & Charlotte and Lily & Lane. I am a reader. I am an aspiring children's picture book writer. I am a creator who sews and paints with acrylics and watercolors and sketches with colored pencil. I am an educator to hundreds of students, throughout the years. I am a cyclist on a pink Marin Portofina, and a 5K jogger. Perry and I are organic gardeners and enjoy homesteading on the Illinois prairie. Life is a beautiful ride with my Sweet P. Together, Perry and I feel life is a journey filled with joy. We want to live our lives by leaving the world a better place.

New Release! DANGEROUS JANE (+ giveaways)

An amazing woman ahead of her time. Who knew she was on the FBI’s list of “Most Dangerous Woman in America” in the 1920s? She was wanted for serving as president of the Woman’s Peace Party. Source: New Release! DANGEROUS … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway – Sienna the Cowgirl Fairy by Alayne Kay Christian

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What Makes a Book a Good “Read Aloud”

Originally posted on I Capture the Rowhouse:
I have this idea, which is perhaps just my own, that some books should be reserved for kids to read themselves, some books are better read aloud and some books are good both…

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The Road That Trucks Built by Susanna Leonard Hill, Illustrated by Erica Sirotich

Every 4-7 year old will delight in this picture book written by the one and only, Susanna Leonard Hill. Every little one will enjoy learning about the many trucks needed to build a new road. The story line is engaging, … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Alayne Kay Christian:
Today, I am sharing a presentation that I made showing how a picture book is made. It shows what the picture book looks like when first printed on an offset printer, it shows how…

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It’s Never Too Late: 10 Writers & Artists That Were Late Bloomers

Originally posted on Leigh Hecking:
In a world where it’s all about the next, young innovative person to come along, it’s easy to feel like we have passed our expiration date as writers or artists.  But does creativity have an…

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The Fuzzy Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction

Originally posted on educating alice:
I really appreciate Julie Danielson’s Kirkus blog post, “The Stories In Between” as she considers a topic near and dear to me — the blurry line between certain works of fiction and nonfiction.  Two picture…

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Illustration Notes: To Include Or Not To Include…

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Interview with Author Janet Smart

Happy Spring. Hope there are signs of this new season in your corner of the world. Come on over to the GROG Blog. Please meet Janet Smart, author of DUCK AND COVER.

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BEEP AND BOB Cover Reveal & How Giving Up Gave Jonathan Roth a Leg Up (plus a giveaway!)

Thank you, Tara, for hosting the very first peek (one year before publication) at the cover for book one of my upcoming chapter book series, BEEP AND BOB (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster), which I wri… Source: BEEP AND BOB Cover Reveal … Continue reading

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