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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!


May 25, 2017

2nd graders that performed the Readers' Theater
Did you know that Children's Book Week began 98 years ago? Franklin Matthews, librarian of The Boy Scouts of America believed that children's books and literacy were life-changers. So he created a special week in November that would promote higher standards in children's books. In 1944 this special week was taken over by the Children's Book Council; they have been promoting it ever since.

I still remember up until 2004, when I retired as a children's librarian, we would celebrate this special event in November. Little did I know back then that I'd still be celebrating it every year as a published author. (In 2008 it was moved to May)

This year I had the great pleasure of reading my latest book, "Baby on Board, How Animals Carry Their Young." with 2nd graders at Orange City Elementary. I use the word "with" and not "to" because the principal, Charles Bynum, asked second grade teachers to chose 15 students to read the book "to" me and the ninety 2nd graders in the audience, performing a Readers' Theater. There was some great interaction as together we celebrated a love of reading.

P.S. For free downloadable activities that go with my new book see: