Second Story Series today and in April

Second Story this afternoon at the Loft: Kelly Barnhill and Anne Ursu were delightful, and read enticing passages. I just finished Breadcrumbs by Anne. Can't wait to start The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly.I graded several hours this morning, spent a delightful...

A Dog is a Dog

A Dog is a Dog

A DOG is a DOG, right?Not when it's STEPHEN SHASKAN, reading from his new picture book, A DOG IS A DOG.Yesterday, I went to the Red Balloon, and besides a jam-packed, crammed-with-people-of-all-sizes-and-ages store, this is what I saw. His new book is adorable and...

MIA, and Art that stops you dead in your tracks

MIA, and Art that stops you dead in your tracks

Here's what I keep discovering: the bigger your world gets, the more you want to learn, the more you realize you don't know, but the more wonder you hold for what you do see. I've been to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts more times than I can count. I've been taking...



At the FLUX booth at AASL (American Association of School Librarians) this past Friday. So much going on, I can't quite get it all posted and do everything else I'm supposed to be doing (including WRITING!!). Here I am with Marissa and Bethany (in the back), from...



Some images from Halloween.In the "Dead Bride" get-up Saturday night, with "The Keeper," dancing with Tom as "The Big Guy," with Bec the Zombie, Padfoot at my Children's Lit Halloween party, and most important: As a witch at the Mapleton Library Halloween Story Time!

Buena Vista University

Has anybody reading this been to Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa? The campus is beautiful! It feels so collegiate.   I had great visits with two classes: an upper level Composition Class, and a Creative Writing class. Then I was more than slightly...

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