I recently visited the preschoolers at St. Margaret’s Day School in Annapolis, Maryland. Special thanks to Tricia Hallberg McVeigh for making it a great visit. I read from my book “Mallory the Forgetful Duck” and the children made their own baby birds and nests out of paper bags and plastic Easter eggs. It was a fun way to look forward to the Spring.
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!!!
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/
Patuxent River Appreciation Days is an annual event held in Solomons, MD celebrating the Patuxent River and the surrounding areas. I was there recently at this year’s event and I had a wonderful time with fellow author Susan Glick, illustrator Kelli Nash and editor Jonna Jones. Special thanks to Maureen Baughman of the Calvert Marine Museum for making it a fun and successful day!
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.
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.
Let’s say you want to write for children. It’s something you’ve always wanted to do. But, coming up with a great idea for a story can be difficult. Don’t let writer’s block get you down, though. The first thing you should do is think about the story concept. What do I mean by “story concept” you ask? I mean, what will your story be about? Will your story be about a dog finding his way home? Will your story be about a cat who doesn’t get along with other cats? A strong story concept is very important. It is the foundation of your story. Later, it will help you and your editor target a certain market, i.e., children ages 3 to 8 who are interested in cats or dogs. Continue reading