The Goddard School

I visited the Goddard School in Owings Mills, Maryland yesterday. The preschoolers were adorable! They were so excited to make their baby birds. Special thanks to Alicia and Dennis Norris and Arianna McNamee for making the day so much fun. This was a special visit because Alicia Norris is my cousin! Visit their website at The Goddard School.

Reading Mallory

Reading Mallory

See our baby birds!

See our baby birds!

Alicia Norris, Owner

Alicia Norris, Owner

Central Elementary

I recently visited Central Elementary School in Edgewater, Maryland. It was such a great day! Amy Shinn and the teachers were warm and inviting and the students were so engaged and adorable.

First, I met with the Green Club and demonstrated how oysters filter the water.  Here I am in the first photo pouring “dirty” water through coffee filters to show how oysters perform a similar function in the Chesapeake Bay. Students then made their own little oysters with coffee filters, wiggle eyes and craft Pom-Poms for pearls. I think the pearls were their favorite parts:)

Next, I met with 2nd grade students for a writer’s workshop. Students wrote and illustrated their own stories and then shared them with the class. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm and creativity in writing and reading their stories. Thanks Amy Shinn, the teachers, and the wonderful students at Central Elementary for making a fun day!!!

Filtering the water

Filtering the water

Making oysters

Making oysters

Writing stories

Writing stories

Edgewater Books

Edgewater Books is a new children’s bookstore in Edgewater, Maryland. It is a great family destination with a wide selection of children’s books for every age level and fun activities scheduled throughout the year. I recently had a book signing/reading there and had such a good time! Several families were there for the reading and the little ones made fun oyster crafts to take home with them along with Olly the Oyster goody bags. Here is a photo in which I’m standing with Ken Kennedy, store owner of Edgewater Books. Visit his website at http://www.edgewaterbooks.com/

Edgewater Books pic

Article in Arundel Voice

I recently appeared in Arundel Voice, my local paper, along with my partner in crime, Kelli Nash who illustrated the Olly the Oyster stories as well as Mallory the Forgetful Duck. The story was written by Zach Sparks, a talented local writer. Please pop over and read it if you have a free moment. It beautifully summarizes why I wrote the stories and how Kelli’s illustrations bring a magical touch that capture children’s imaginations.(L-R) Crofton’s Elaine Allen and illustrator Kelli Nash have produced several books to teach youth about sea critters and their role in the environment.

Visit with AACRC

I visited with the Anne Arundel County Reading Council recently. They are a wonderful group of talented and dedicated teachers. They make me proud as a parent with two children attending Anne Arundel County public schools. Fellow author Jennifer Ginn and I spoke at the conference. Special thanks to Kara Holden, Vice President of AACRC for organizing the event.

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