Caring People Are Out There

If you look for kindness and caring around you you will find it. And you can be a force for caring and kindness if you chose to be. Case in point– electrician John Kinney. Kinney was summoned to what he thought was a routine house call. When he arrived at 72 year old Gloria Scott’s… Read more »

Double Delight!

AMAZING news- times two! The Society of Illustrators in New York has accepted both PERKIN’S PERFECT PURPLE and ART IS LIFE for the prestigious 2020 Original Art Show. Congratulations Francesca Sanna, my illustrator for Perkin’s Perfect Purple and Keith Negley, my illustrator for Art is Life!

What did Victoria’s coronation SOUND like?

Queen Victoria commanded “Make me a coronation crown of purple velvet and silver and gold…” This poster hung in the window of the royal jeweler, Rundell Bridge & Co. bragging that they’d created the masterpiece crown “in obedience to the command of her most sacred majesty Queen Victoria.” The Queen was amused. We can see… Read more »

PURPLE! By Command Of The Queen!

“Make me a coronation crown of PURPLE velvet, and silver and gold,” commanded Queen Victoria. Purple was tricky, until William Perkin came along. The rare color was reserved for Queens and Kings until William made PURPLE FOR THE PEOPLE. How much do you know about Queen Victoria? She wasn’t always an old widow dressed in… Read more »


 The American Society for Engineering Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees, and the Children’s Book Council selected INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED as one of 31 BEST STEM BOOKS for K-12! We’re thrilled! But that’s not all– INSTRUCTIONS also was named a 2020 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book!… Read more »

Let’s Do World Read Aloud Day!

I love World Read Aloud Day– so I’ve turned it into World Read Aloud MONTH! All February I’ll be Skyping with schools, troops and kids around the world. And it’s FREE! Plus we’ll send free bookmarks for you to share with your students. I’m a former elementary school librarian and I love to talk to… Read more »

Women’s History Month is around the corner…

I have something VERY special planned for you, your class or troop to celebrate Women’s History Month all March long! Lots of scientists you need to know and lots of fun puzzles, games and activities! Stay tuned and check back in February for all the details!

Texas Book Festival

Join Debbie and me at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas! True Stories That Inspire Sunday, October 27, 2019 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Authors Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn, and National Book Award Finalist Steve Sheinken with Moderator Diane Hernandez at Next Chapter Tent Congress Avenue, AUSTIN Texas And at 2:15… Read more »

Connect with Caring kids Around the world

We may eat different foods, celebrate different holidays and speak different languages but inside kids around the world are all the same. Empatico is a global movement to spread kindness and empathy through the world by connecting kids and classrooms and sharing our similarities and differences. Nearly 25,000 educators in 141 countries have already registered…. Read more »

A Great Kindness Curriculum

Caring is all around us. One of the “good guys” I’ve found who do an amazing job promoting caring and kindness is the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to connect people with kindness and actively teach kindness by developing and distributing lesson plans, tools and resources. Plus it’s all mapped… Read more »