Thoughts & Perceptions

STEAM Workshop

September 24, 2017

I fell in love with a picture book this week–Dave Egger’s Her Right Foot (Chronicle, ages 8 and up). I can’t wait for my STEAM class to begin on Friday so I can share it!!     Eggers begins by read more »


Planting Hope- The Seed Sprouts

October 11, 2016

Once the story was written, Peg Gignoux began working her illustrative magic.  Peg Gignoux is a fabric artist in Chapel Hill with whom I’ve worked on many community outreach projects.  She excites children with color and design, collage and illustrating. read more »


Planting Hope–Watering the Seed

October 10, 2016

Planting Hope began with writing.  Weekly, I bounced between a group of thoughtful ESL middle schoolers in Bev Schieman’s class at Smith Middle School and a fevered enthusiastic crew at Roger’s Road Community Center.   Here’s how it worked. The read more »


Planting Hope- Planting the Seed

A year ago I began a children’s book with PORCH.  This whimsical allegorical story tells of a magical golden seed, Hope, and Terra, a dedicated gardener, who cares for her.  Together they unify a bickering garden.   The project began read more »


Send Forth the Healing Sun

August 13, 2016

I love Tony Bartelme, my brother-in-law & writer extraordinare. He and I have such gorgeous conversations about writing! This year HarperCollins Canada published his amazing story “Send Forth the Healing Sun,” a story about a doctor who teaches Tanzanians in read more »


Picture book gives local refugee children a chance to be heard

July 24, 2016

published in the News and Observer and Charlotte Observer, July, 23rd and 24, 2016 Last June, I had an amazing serendipity. At lunch I told a friend, “I really want to help kids write books that give them a voice.” read more »


G’ma Challenges

July 7, 2016

On my recent trip to Boston, Catie unknowingly confronted two of my inner issues in one short rest period.   First, this G’ma gets tired! I’m constantly reminded when I visit that child raising is an endeavor best accomplished by read more »


Book Surprises Addendum

July 5, 2016

Hello all, Just heard from a publicist about my granddaughter’s adored Billie B. Brown books. They are from Australia, not Britain.  And none are available from Amazon here in the US except through third-party sellers. Here’s an online ordering link: http://new.myubam.com/p/5539/billies-underwater-adventure  And read more »


Hurrah for Lucy and Linda, dynamite duo!

March 22, 2016

Linda Ashman is an amazing picture book author, a master of rhythm and rhyme, who has published three incredible picture books in just as many months. She’s has a passion for children’s books which you’ll realize in a split second read more »


Learning in Bertie-3

February 28, 2016

  The focus of my third visit was reading and writing about informational texts.  I thought about Aulander’s sad library.  Nonfiction titles become obscure faster than any others and with today’s curriculum stressing nonfiction, the school needed new and intriguing read more »