Welcome to Kidsbook Friends!
After earning a degree in Secondary English Education, I am entering my ninth year of teaching English Language Arts at the middle school level and coaching writing teams. Helping my students develop their skills and creativity inspires me to discover my own as well as draw out my own children’s imaginations. Christian, my oldest son, is twelve; Victoria, the rose in the middle, is ten; and Andrew, always my baby, is seven. During the ten years of being a full time mom, we enjoyed numerous story times at libraries and explored arts and crafts galore. Even though that they are all independent readers, we still enjoy good books together as kids never outgrown being read to (and I’ll never outgrow them reading to me!) I consider reading kids’ books to our children and to my students my greatest credential and inspiration for composing this blog.
We have met many new “Friends” in the stories over these years and with each new book we read, we grow. Our desire is that your children, like mine, will become so delightfully acquainted with characters in our featured kids’ books, that they too will have stuffed animals named after animals from their favorite stories, draw scenes of new places they explore, and act out skits and put on puppet shows with good story dialogues. In the simple moments, may they see something magical and say, “that reminds me of” and list off a title of a book or a character, connecting their experiences to their reading. . . and better yet, may they wish they could do or experience what they just read. Then, maybe they will have the courage to write down their very own magical idea that lead them into writing their very own story.
Our imagination is growing. Our world is expanding. Our desire is to share our journey with you in hopes that you also will enjoy the friends we introduce to you while becoming our friend too . . . and this spring, we are excited to introduce a “Friend” that we created, Isaac’s Ice Cream Tree, as WhiteFire Publishing has accepted our manuscript for publication! Rachael Koppendrayer is currently drawing the illustrations and editing is in process! This is a long-time-dream that is coming true.
Enjoy the journey with my trio under twelve and my classroom tweens.
Active Member of SCBWI
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
The international professional organization for writers and illustrators of