About

I love everything about books! I love the look, feel and smell of books! My goal is to read one grown-up book a week and as many picture books a week as possible.

I am a proud teacher! When I had my own classroom, I spent the majority of my time in Kindergarten. While there, I played my guitar and sang with the children, observed young artists at work painting, drawing and making sandcastles and I always took them on nature walks. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI and a masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction/Creative Arts from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Today I am a guest teacher, visiting many different schools each week. I am a SCBWI member.

I live on a hobby farm with my husband, a flock of sheep & chickens, a pond full of fish & frogs and always a barn cat. I enjoy counting the monarch caterpillars that frequent the gardens.

When I am not busy writing & reading, I tend to our gardens, take daily walks, enjoy campfires, and riding my bike. Life is good!

These are a few of my favorite things…

  • The Sound of Music movie * hint above
  • Strawberries, dark chocolate, (many) vegetables, basil & pizza
  • My favorite color is green. Why you ask? Because in spring it magically appears
  • Speaking of green… I eat a plant based diet & grow my own vegetables
  • Listening to birds sing
  • Inspiring children of all ages to read books

These are a few of my not so favorite things…

  • Litterbugs! Help keep our planet clean – please Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • Bullies! As Ellen would say, “Be kind to one another!”
  • Leaf blowers! Because then I can’t hear the birds singing.
  • Cauliflower, yuck!
  • Growling dogs! But I like dogs that wag their tails and go for walks with me.
  • When people say “I can’t ”  I say “try!”

Interesting Facts:

  • I won a hula hoop contest at the park when I was a kid.
  • I make large rugs from my sheep wool, which takes nearly 4 years to make just one! * see below
  • I like to get my hands dirty in soil, concrete or in cookie dough.
  • I started hip hop dance class at 55 years old.

My favorite childhood books

The Snowy Day
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The Carrot Seed
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Little House on the Prairie
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My favorite book to read to children

Whoever You Are
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Same smile, different hair style!

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Me as a brick mason

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Me as a gardener

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Me as a rug maker

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