UP!–A BRILLiant Book on BULLYING & BRAVERY

If there’s one thing I feel very strongly about—it’s bullying. I hated it when I was a kid, even more when my son was in school (I wrote a poem inspired by an incident that involved his friend), and I witness it on a daily basis, especially now. Bullying takes forms in countless ways, and not just by kids or on school playgrounds, that’s for sure.

Unfortunately, we live at a time when this abhorrent behavior is actually encouraged by some, so it’s that much more important to address the subject in ways that have the best chance to have positive impact. That’s why I was thrilled about Darlene Beck Jacobson’s middle grade novel in verse Wishes, Dares & How to Stand Up to a Bully. Continue reading

UP!–WINNER of “WAY PAST MAD” Giveaway! :D

I tell ya — giveaways are always exciting 😄😃😎 It’s be great if EVERYone could win, but…well, you know.🙄 One thing I can say is, if you didn’t win this time around, actually buying Hallee and Sandra’s WONderful book Way Past Mad, or requesting it from your library 📚 is a winning move! 👍🏆🤩 Continue reading

UP!–When You’re WAY PAST MAD + A Book GIVEAWAY!

Way Past MadAs you know, I don’t do reviews, but I do occasionally feel compelled to highlight books that promote poignant subject matter, e.g., kindness, bullying, emotions, etc. It seems that “poignant” is author Hallee Adelman‘s calling card.

Anger is the kind of emotion that can be scary, especially for children, and sometimes leads to regretful behavior. Learning how to manage it at a young age is critical. In fact, in 1969 Fred Rogers recited before the U. S. Senate a song he wrote, “What Do You Do?” (…with the mad that you feel?) which literally saved PBS.

Here we are, in 2020, and that’s what Hallee‘s newest picture book is about: what you do—and don’t do—when you get angry. In Way Past Mad, main character, Keya’s little brother, Nate (who doesn’t know any better), wreaks havoc when he Continue reading

UP!–I’m “Over the Moon” About My PRIZE!

Well, gang, you may remember that a few months ago I posted my entry for the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy! contest. I’m happy to report I did win one of the many prizes 🏆😁: a SHUTTERFLY Gift Certificate! It was the prize I most wanted from the moment I first saw it, knowing my granddaughter would love and cherish it, and so would I 🥰 Continue reading

UP!–It’s STORYSTORM Time!

I’m not typically one for online challenges. I mean, who needs one more “thing to do,” right? Especially with a deadline! BUT…when the challenge has been both exceptional and irresistible, I’ve succumbed 🤭. In 2014 I couldn’t hold back any longer from joining in on the always-popular, ever-growing “baby” birthed by super-talented author, Tara Lazar.

Having wanted to create a space for picture book writers that mirrored the November NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) annual “movement,” waaaay back in 2009 Tara initiated PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month): 30 picture book ideas 💡 in 30 days. This challenge Continue reading