Coronation Crown In Cake

On his recent state visit to Germany, King Charles was presented with a cake copy of his Perfectly PURPLE coronation crown. William Perkin would say “DELICIOUS!” Are you curious about crowns, queens and how royal PURPLE is made? Check out PERKIN’S PERFECT PURPLE!


Do you read dangerously? Britain’s new Queen Camilla does! Watch her recent conversation with the UK Children’s Laureate, Joseph Coelho on World Book Day, especially the part about the wonderful excitement of reading a scary book in your own safe space.

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 »