Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Today marks the birthday of one of the world's most wonderful storytellers, Dr. Seuss. As such, a nationwide reading celebration takes place every year on this day. It is Read Across America Day, so get out your books (especially the Dr. Seuss books) and read.

Dr. Seuss was a masterful storyteller but also a subtle teacher for children as he showed kids the importance of having a kind heart, believing in oneself and in one's potential in life.  I can think of no other person having such a long and important impact on children's reading and learning...and with such fun stories!

As I started to think of some of my favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to share today, I realized they all came from the same book...Oh, The Places You'll Go! (1990)
Some of my most favorite include the following...

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."

"You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!"

"And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too."

I guess that means Oh, The Places You'll Go! is my favorite Dr. Seuss book given all my favorite quotes come from it, but there are so many wonderful books.

What are your favorite Dr. Seuss books and/or quotes?  I'd love to hear them!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

For anyone in the Sioux Falls, SD, area on Saturday, February 25, Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair which will support and raise funds for our Dakotas chapter of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.

Kids can enjoy story time, activities (including an illustration demonstration by Elise Parsley and caricature drawings by Chuck Bennis) and a Dr. Seuss celebration.  Adults can enjoy books, drinks and treats in the cafe as well as discounts on cheesecake purchases Saturday in the deli.

Use code #12054516 at checkout or mention the book fair promo to the cashier.

For anyone not in the Sioux Falls area tomorrow and interested in participating, shop online at from February 25, 2017 to March 2, 2017 and use code #12054516 in the space for "book fair id" at checkout.

Thanks in advance for supporting our SCBWI Dakotas chapter and happy shopping, reading, coffee drinking and treat eating!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reading for Research Month Challenge

The mission of ReFoReMo taken from the website is as follows...

The ReFoReMo Challenge, or Reading for Research Month Challenge, was founded in 2015 to help picture book writers reform writing by reading and researching mentor texts in the month of March.  The challenge is supported by educators, authors, illustrators, editors, and literary agents in addition to  a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction picture book recommendations. We welcome classrooms, educators, writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals to learn with us.

Registration for the ReFoReMo challenge opens each year on February 15. Fully registered participants will have an opportunity to enter prize drawings at the conclusion of ReFoReMo. Our private Facebook Group is open to all picture book writers and illustrators. This is where we share literary revelations and start picture book/blog post discussions

Take a look at the awesome schedule of events and spread the word.  To receive updates and registration details, be sure to follow ReFoReMo by email here: You'll find their sign up in the right hand side bar.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Have a Dream...

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream..I have a dream today."

As we remember and celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. today, dream big...dream of a world with endless possibilities, a world with everything at your disposal.  Go after your dreams and accomplish all.  The world is yours for the taking!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's All in Your Head

Check out the January/February 2017 issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine...

Baby Poopsie Loves Ears by Deb Gardner Allard and Illustrator Jack Foster
Inside my Head by Stephanie Malley; 
Cat-o-sonic Clay by Lisa Allen
Not Just a Walking Stick by Pamela Love
Mixed-Up Mary by Deborah Hunt
Head Full of “Don’t Bees” by Ramona Taylor
Cat Got Your Tongue? by Mary Sue Roberts 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Storystorm 2017

30 ideas in 30 days...let the story storm begin!

Visit Tara Lazar's blog at for more information or to join the fun.  Registration is still open and will be until January 7, 2017.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 

May 2017 bring much wealth, prosperity and good health to you and yours and be filled with much writing success!

Write, write, write...edit, edit, edit...submit, submit, submit...and then CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE, CELEBRATE!!