Turning a dream into a reality
Have you passed by a Free Little Library where you live? Have you borrowed a book or donated one for others to read and enjoy? Free Little Libraries began with a man named Todd Bol. He built a little library to honor his mother who was a school teacher. The first little library was designedContinue reading “Free Little Library”
Last week I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing NelliRose Farella, the author of Nella’s Kindness Kicks. NelliRose and I met through Instagram with the help of Kaitlin at KindCotton. NelliRose is on a mission to spread kindness and teach kindness to young children through her book. The question I seem to have for otherContinue reading “Meet Author NelliRose”
Happy Monday! Last weekend, my husband and I attended our first book event! We were invited to set up a table at a local corn maze. This year, the corn maze spelled out BE KIND. After the event, I found out that the message in the maze was to honor a young man who thisContinue reading “First book event”
Drum roll please! I am absolutely thrilled to share the book cover for The Kindness Machine! A massive shout out to illustrator and hubby, Chad Dankert, for taking this idea and bringing it to life. This cover is a little bit different because it allows for another question…WHAT IS UNDER THE SHEET?! I am askingContinue reading “Book Cover Reveal!”
For the past few months, I have been researching what physically happens to our bodies when we are kind and the response it has on our brain and our bodies. It is quite a fascinating rabbit hole to go down and I will share the highlights here in today’s blog. I am not a doctor,Continue reading “The Science Behind Kindness”
STOP what you are doing right now and go buy “The Miseducation of Empathy” or request it from your local library. If your local library does not have a copy, I will encourage you to request that they purchase a copy for the library. Empathy. We keep hearing this word. We see it on billboards,Continue reading ““The Miseducation of Empathy” by Jonelle Massey”
Before I begin, when I say teacher, I am not only talking about a classroom teacher. I am talking about all forms of teaching and impacting children: parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends, neighbors. It takes a village, right? I teach second grade. Second graders are seven or eight years old. Let me describe the averageContinue reading “The Magic of Being a Teacher”
Last year, I stepped away from the classroom after 10 years of teaching. It wasn’t part of my plan. I was angry, frustrated and sad. Angry for spending countless hours last summer to prep for an unknown school year, frustrated for not spending more time with my own children, sad to not be teaching andContinue reading “Books Need To Be Windows And Mirrors”
You can’t talk about kindness and not mention Mister Rogers. Earlier this year I had the privilege of listening to Carvell Wallace’s podcast titled, “Finding Fred.” I learned about the podcast through author friend, Jennifer Gafford, who wrote a children’s seek-and-find style book called, “Finding Feelings.” It is excellent and you can check it outContinue reading “Mister Rogers”
Welcome and happy Tuesday! I’d like to start this post with the question from our title: Are audiobooks cheating? When I say cheating I mean, cheat reading. You’re not ACTUALLY reading, but it IS material from a book. So, is it cheating? I feel like I have induced smoke to billow from audiobook lovers earsContinue reading “Are audiobooks cheating?”
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