A Collection of Collections for FINDING TREASURE release!!!

Thank you to everyone who shared collections for my FINDING TREASURE #countdowntocollect, which released September 17, 2019.

Fall Events

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It’s going to be a busy fall with the release of my new book FINDING TREASURE: A COLLECTION OF COLLECTIONS. I’ll be doing story times, school visits, and conference speaking. Here’s were you can find me:

September 17: Andersons Bookstore, Downers Grove IL, 6pm: BOOK LAUNCH!

September 21: 57th Street Books, Chicago, 10:30am: STORY TIME and CRAFT!

October 8 and 9: An Open Book, DC: SCHOOL VISITS!

October 12: AISLE & IATE Conference, Springfield IL: PRESENTATION: POETRY, LITERACY’S SUPERFOOD!

October 21: Clarendon Hills Library, Clarendon Hills IL, 4pm: STORY TIME and CRAFT!

October 26: The Book Stall, Winnetka IL, 10:30am: STORY TIME and CRAFT!

Poem in Your Pocket Day!

The students at Olive-Mary Stitt School in Arlington Heights were gracious enough to share their Poem in Your Pocket Day with me. What a thrill to sign their Author Wall in the LCR. (Look who I signed beneath. WOW!)

National Ag in the Classroom Day 2019

Yesterday was National Ag in the Classroom Day, and I was lucky enjoy to share FRESH-PICKED POETRY, the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year, with readers around Wisconsin. A special thank you Sheila Everhart, the Janesville Area Coordinator, and Darlene Arneson, the State Coordinator, for the opportunity. The students at Madison Elementary, Washington Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary, and Milton Intermediate School were fabulous audiences, as were the young patrons of the Milton Public Library. Another thank you to Mid-State Equipment for allowing me to sit in the cab of the massive John Deere tractor for the live-stream reading of my book. And of course, the biggest thank you to farmers for feeding the world.

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A Harvest of Riddle Poems from Lincoln School

Thanks for sharing the results of our poetry workshop, young poets of Lincoln school. These riddle poems are delicious! 

Illinois Reads Book Festival 2018

I want to thank Du Quoin Middle School Word Squad and 5th Grade teacher Leslie Small for their deliciously warm welcome at the Illinois Reads Book Festival in Du Quoin, Illinois this past Saturday, March 10th. This enthusiastic batch of readers shared a bounty of alliterative words and adorable balloon apples at their booth, FRESH-PICKED ALLITERATION.  How poetic! 

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Highlights Foundation Unworkshop

Pictured in back: Julie Segal Walters, Hannah Barnaby, Jessica Petersen, Katey Howes, Gretchen McLellan, Jannie Ho, and Anna Forrester. Pictured in front: Kerri Kokias, Andrea J. Loney, Ariel Gordon Bernstein, Michelle Schaub, Marcie Colleen, Alison Goldberg, and Patricia Toht. 

Pictured in back: Julie Segal Walters, Hannah Barnaby, Jessica Petersen, Katey Howes, Gretchen McLellan, Jannie Ho, and Anna Forrester. Pictured in front: Kerri Kokias, Andrea J. Loney, Ariel Gordon Bernstein, Michelle Schaub, Marcie Colleen, Alison Goldberg, and Patricia Toht. 

What do you get when you combine cozy cabins in the woods, gourmet food, and a slew of debut picture book authors?  An unforgettable weekend! After cheering one another along for the past year through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, our Picture the Books 2017 debut author's group decided to meet in person at a Highlights Un-Workshop in Honesdale, PA.  It was fun to finally meet these amazingly talented women in person.  Check out these authors' debut books at PICTURE THE BOOKS.