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With gourd artists, Diane and Brad Harris, reading "Over in the Grasslands."

Mrs. Purdham's Pumpkin Project

A "Story Walk" in the woods!

"Over in the Forest" was the story!

Dioramas students created of some of my books.

2012 FAME Conference

Palmetto Elementary

On the Morning Show with Tech Crew at Windy Hill Elementary School.

Clay Springs Elementary presented me with their own adaptation!

"April is for Authors"

Autographing at the Palm Beach Zoo

FRA Conference in Orlando

Illustrator, Jill Dubin at BEA 2011

UCF Book Festival-- Authors Berkes, Caffery, Escue and Annino

Booksigning at the Palm Beach Zoo

NSTA Conf. in San Francisco

At the Book Loft on Amelia Island

With fellow panelist, author/illustrator, Frank Remkiewicz at USF,Sarasota

Autographing at Barnes & Noble

"Young Authors" Celebration

New & Noteworthy News!


March 13, 2017

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated books that make people think and imagine, and he did most of them in rhyme. Although his first book "And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street" was rejected by 27 different publishers before being accepted by Vangard Press in 1937, today, especially in March, schools all over America read one or more of his 44 published books, celebrating the amazing Theodor Geisel's birthday.

So many wonderful ideas and life lessons were written by Dr. Seuss in rhyme, which is not easy. You have to be careful not to make it forced. Also, the meter has to be right. I'll never be a "Dr. Seuss," but I too love to write in rhyme. Maybe because I enjoy music so much, I sometimes get a little too sing-songy. But having taught young children and reading lots of books aloud as a children's librarian, I know how much kids love to join in with rhythm and rhyme.

Books that rhyme help children hear and learn sounds; sometimes they even figure out what is coming next with predictable text. I'll never sell millions of books, like Dr. Seuss, but I hope that my rhymes help young children learn to READ! And because I love writing about nature and animals, I hope they, like me, feel a sense of wonder about the world we live in!

Hopefully parents, teachers and kids will enjoy my newest book, "Baby on Board, How Animals Carry Their Young" written in rhyme---and some prose-- beautifully illustrated by Cathy Morrison. Click onto the cover to link directly to Amazon.com, or look for it on the Dawn Publications website, www.dawnpub.com, along with many free downloadable activities.