Yes, I could NOT be more thrilled about it For years I’ve been participating in International Dot Day here on my blog with my own little dots and I can’t believe that this year, not that I’m published (self, though it may be), I created an official Celebri-dot! Continue reading
Since March, when the U.S. got heavily hit by COVID-19, I began work on a pandemic-themed story which I decided to publish in 6 diverse versions. Yes, the story is exactly the same for each, but the reader gets to pick the version preferred by gender, skin and hair color, and [coming soon] family type. Continue reading
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
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
As 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