On the First Day of Grade School

On the First Day of Grade School

We often think of how hard the first day of school is for children but what about the teacher?!?  Emily Brenner writes about how tough it can be for a teacher to begin school in the style of  The Twelve Read more…


The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

This is the perfect book to read to children who might be a little nervous going to school.  Whether they are beginning school or moving to a new school or just changing grades, it’s always nice to have someone looking Read more…


Parenting 000: Be On TIME!

A good teacher and/or principal can help children to be on time to school.  As a parent, you are the one to help a child learn the importance of getting enough sleep and being on time.  You can make sure Read more…


Parenting 000: Routine and Breathing Time

September is a time for “re-grouping.”  This is especially the case if you are or live with students.  It’s critical that parents help children find their way back to routine.  We all function better with routine.


Parenting 000: Bedtime – What’s That?

Teacher: Your child is sluggish all day, in fact she has fallen asleep twice this week during reading time after lunch. Parent: (jokingly) She likes her naps.  She isn’t a morning person.  She doesn’t come alive until around 3 in Read more…


Parenting 000: Time Is Ticking!

Okay, the kids are in school from 8:30 to 3:00 (or 7:30 to 2:00) which equals 6 hours minus 30+ minutes for lunch, 5 minutes between classes about 15 to 20 minutes, elementary – two 15 minute recesses and the Read more…


The Celiac Kid

My current genre of writing is special needs for children. When we found out that one of my grandsons had celiac disease, I wanted to make other children aware of his special needs. He became The Celiac Kid! He has Read more…


Best GF “Lunch-Box”

School begins for most students within the next few weeks — some are already in full swing.  School lunches do not  offer much in the way of gluten free.  SO . . . write in and tell us your favorite, Read more…


Picture This! Part 4

I have illustrated three books: A Paper Hug, Operation: Celebration and The Celiac Kid. We talked about each of the books in turn and when we got to The Celiac Kid we spent awhile discussing Celiac Disease and how people Read more…


Picture This! Part 3

I got my first illustrating project in 2006 – A Paper Hug. I sketched out most of the illustrations in my large sketch book. I didn’t realize at the time how difficult it would be to scan those extra large Read more…