My Stories

A WALK THROUGH THE PRAIRIE

Discover one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world–the native prairie. Stroll through prairie fields & meadows to discover butterflies, birds, squirrels, & foxes along with plants they depend on for survival–a symbiotic relationship.

Lyrical, Nonfiction, STEAM, Back matter

SAMUEL BERT: THE SNOW CONE KING

A new name. A new country. A new beginning. Time for eight-year-old Salvatore to dream big in America. Always thinking. Always tinkering. Always trying. SAMUEL BERT: THE SNOW CONE KING, is the story of an immigrant who became an inventor, and the improvements he made to the snow cone machine in 1920.

Nonfiction Biography, STEAM, Back matter

THE RED BARN

Built by strong hands on the prairie, a sturdy barn is raised beam by beam & board by board in the 1940s. The steadfast barn is built to last. THE RED BARN tells the story of many seasons shared with my family on the North Dakota plains from days gone by. Until the country quiet sets in and the barn is all alone. Many years later, the enduring strength of the barn slides open the barn doors once again.

Historical fiction, an Ode to my Grandparents, STEAM, Back matter

A GRAND OLD SUGAR PEAR TREE

A pear tree sapling, representing a new beginning, freedom, and hope, was planted on Orchard Farm in Massachusetts around 1630. Despite many changes and challenges, the legacy of the Endecott Pear Tree continues to live and thrive at nearly 500 years old–the oldest surviving fruit tree in America.

Nonfiction, STEAM, Back matter

SEEDS OF HOPE: THE SVALBARD GLOBAL SEED VAULT

Chiseled in a mountain deep in the Arctic lies the world’s largest seed bank, built to withstand natural and man-made disasters. Inside, below-freezing temperatures, preserve millions of seeds from seven continents, safeguarding crop diversity and securing the world’s future food supply. Welcome to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault!

Nonfiction, STEAM, Back matter

THE RUNAWAY TOMATE

 A tomato is on the loose! Tomás chases tomato crying for help, “¡Ayúdame!” The runaway tomate bounces through gardens, fields, and the farmers’ market. An entourage of folks with garden vegetables join Tomás. “¡Vámanos!” Suddenly, an unexpected turn . . . Chips and salsa!

Bilingual Fiction, Back matter

MAMA AND PAPA DESIGNED A COZY DREY

Mama and papa are scampering, scurrying, and gathering feathers, vines, twigs, and leaves. It’s a brambled nest nestled high in the branches of a tree. The sloppy, chaotic cluster becomes a shelter designed to protect a brood of kits in a drey.

Lyrical Nonfiction, STEAM, Back matter

THE BIBLIOPHILES

Book-loving twins, June & Jaxon can’t believe the library is closed! Determined to satisfy their love of reading, THE BIBLIOPHILES, combine their interests & skill sets to discover a creative solution to read new books and share with neighborhood kids.

Fiction, STEAM, Back matter

NO SEED LEFT BEHIND

Through a cellophane window on a seed package, Sunflower Seed watches Garden Girl plant seed pals. Sunflower is left behind. Sunflower Seed desires to set roots & grow with her pals in the garden. Follow Sunflower Seed along her journey for growth.

Fiction, STEAM, Back matter

BOOKWORM AND ROBIN

Time for Robin, the early bird, to grab some grub. Along comes Bookworm. A two-character humorous dialogue between Bookworm and Robin includes witty banter and play on words causing misunderstandings.

Fiction

ROSIE WANTS A GARDEN

More than anything Rosie wants a rose garden. She pesters her parents. She pleads with her parents but they won’t budge. No garden for Rosie. With determination, a can-do attitude, and a library book, Rosie sets out to create a garden.

Fiction, STEAM Curriculum, Back matter

WHAT IS MY TALENT?

Songs make Melody happy. She wants to play the piano. Her sister says she’s too little. Melody tries strumming the guitar. Her brother says she’s too little. Melody wants to sign up for the talent show but she doesn’t know what her talent is.

Fiction

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