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A Fun Craft for a Rainy Day

Rainy season is here! Here’s a fun craft to go along with my board book, Puddle Song. You can do the coloring and cutting while it’s raining, and then go outside and make your creations bloom in the puddles. Have fun! Click on the image below to visit my Puddle

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Thank You! A Virtual Author Visit

My most recent author visit was with Pipestone Elementary School. I had such a wonderful virtual time with them. We talked and moved and wrote and connected. I was so tickled to get a lovely packet from Marcy Schmitke, the school librarian. I love how each grade level was inspired

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Weathering Weather at LitLinks

Author Patricia Newman has such an extensive collection of great LitLinks posts, all connecting books, science, and language arts. What a great gift for teachers! I’ve shared activities there before for Snowman-Cold=Puddle and If You Want to Knit Some Mittens. Today I have a new post up there about weather!

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Teachers–Meet the Authors!

I’m popping in for a quick Classroom Connections so that you don’t miss hearing about two things. First up, I was part of a Legit KidLit interview on Saturday morning, and it’s live now! Meet me and three other others! We answered questions about our recent books (I was chatting

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Geologists Day is April 2!

Did you know Geologists Day is April 2? Me, neither. But I’m so grateful to geologists. Some of the most fascinating things I know about the earth were revealed/discovered/figured out by these rock scientists. It’s the perfect time to pull out A Rock Can Be… to share with your students.

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Lift-the-Flap Craft for Lion of the Sky

Celebrating World Water Day? Check out my post last week! One of my very favorite things is when a teacher uses a book I wrote as a jumping off point for a classroom activity. A bit ago, @mmtteacher on Twitter shared these images of her students’ lift-the-flap riddle-ku. They were

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World Water Day is Next Week!

World Water Day is March 22, and I’m realizing how many of my books are about water! That includes all 3 of my spring 2023 books, Zap! Clap! Boom!, Finding Family, and Puddle Song (which published yesterday!). There’s also Water Can Be… and Secrets of the Loon. I do love

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Finding Family Is Out in the World!

Woohoo! I’m so excited to share that Finding Family is now out in the world! People have been so generous in helping to spread the word. Teacher, author-illustrator, and poet Jena Benton posted a beautiful Simply 7 interview with me yesterday, and her questions made me realize something that I

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