#Kids Love Nonfiction

In February 2022 I signed a petition asking the New York Times to add children’s nonfiction bestseller lists that parallel the current children’s fiction lists. Find more information about #KidsLoveNonfiction announcing the campaign on a Nonfiction Ninjas post. https://www.nffest.com/2022/02/announcing-kidslovenonfiction-campaign.html Mary Ann Cappiello, Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University, Xenia Hadjioannou, Associate Professor ofContinue reading “#Kids Love Nonfiction”


Remembering Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola was an acclaimed American writer and illustrator. He wrote and/or illustrated over 250 books for children. Thomas Anthony was born in Meriden, Connecticut to Joseph and Florence dePaola on September 15, 1934. To readers and admirers, he is known as Tomie. One of the best known and best-loved authors, Tomie signed his nameContinue reading “Remembering Tomie dePaola”


I’m participating in Storystorm 2022! Are you? Today is the last day to register for this annual event. Over the years, since 2009, author and blogger, Tara Lazar has hosted this amazing event with opportunities for readers, writers, educators, and individuals interested in writing and illustrating picture books for children. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo)Continue reading “Storystorm”

A Creative Life

In general finding a balance in life can be a challenge. Adding creativity to days already filled from sun up to sunset can make life even more demanding. However, it doesn’t need to be. Think about your priorities. What is important to you? Consider your beliefs and value system. I’m quite certain many would agreeContinue reading “A Creative Life”

Book Giveaway: EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE of VOCABULARY by Mary Jo Fresch & David Harrison

Students who read are students who write. It’s a reciprocal process. Teachers who encourage vocabulary development create stronger readers and writers. Authors Mary Jo Fresch and David L. Harrison teamed up to write a resource book for teachers, EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF VOCABULARY; LEARNING HOW LANGUAGE WORKS, GRADES 3-5, National Council of Teachers of English,Continue reading “Book Giveaway: EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE of VOCABULARY by Mary Jo Fresch & David Harrison”

Avoid the “Spring Slide”

Due to a world-wide outbreak of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the virus as a pandemic. During this time when school is not in session, I’m sharing some resources for kids and parents. These links support reading, writing, creating, learning, and growing. Every day I discover many generous folks offeringContinue reading “Avoid the “Spring Slide””

Nonfiction Fest

Are you a writer of nonfiction for kids? Today is the first post for the first Nonfiction Fest! This free writing event is hosted by some outstanding nonfiction authors: Pat Miller Linda Skeers Lisa Amstutz Nancy Churnin Peggy Thomas Stephanie Bearce Susie Kralovansky To learn more, click on this link here. Time to learn andContinue reading “Nonfiction Fest”

All About Elaine Kiely Kearns

I interviewed KidLit 411 founder Elaine Keily Kearns on the GROG Blog today. Come follow me to the GROG Blog to learn all about Elaine’s debut book. Check out the link here. NOAH NOASAURUS is written by Elaine Kiely Kearns and illustrated by Colin Jack.