Friday, May 27, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Get Moving

Get yourself moving,
go outside and play!
It's good to exercise
each and every day.

Go for a walk,
hop, skip and run,
play a lively game
and have a little fun!

It's good for your body
to stretch and move.
Getting exercise can
help your health improve.

So don't just sit around
and waste the day away;
get up, get going and
make the most of your day!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mokey's New Friends

It is my joy to announce the release of my newest children's book, Mokey's New Friends, from Guardian Angel Publishing! This book, illustrated by Marina Movshina is intended for preschool, kindergarten and early elementary school children. It tells the story of a playful and friendly monkey named Mokey, the friends he makes and what he learns about others' different appearances and abilities not making a difference in their being friends.

Recent reviews for Mokey's New Friends state:

"I hope as a result of enjoying this warm and cheerful story, lots of children who read it or hear it read will consider making friends with kids who are different from themselves. I believe that will probably happen."
 Janet Ann Collins/Onwords Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts

"Marina Movshina’s water color artwork keeps the action moving. It’s clear that Mokey is adventurous, fun-loving, and open to new experiences."
Penny's Reviews and Chat

Mokey's New Friends joins the family of my other children's books and inspirational books which can be seen on Amazon or my websites, Children's Books and Poems and Inspirational Poetry Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Visiting Preschools

Visiting schools is a wonderful way to share books with children, give them enjoyment, teach them important life lessons, interact in a positive way and have fun while doing it! They teach us things as well while we are sharing.

My husband, Tom, and I have been doing quite a few visits recently and are so blessed by the little ones, their excitement and enthusiasm.

Here is an excerpt from each book that the children really like:

From Olive and the Great Flood:  "Olive trilled soft peaceful songs to help them sleep at night. When the ark tossed back and forth, her coos relieved their fright."

From Count 1,2,3 With Me:  "Eight legs help a spider to climb, which leaves a web behind each time. Mama Spider traps eight flies to eat. Spiders find bugs a tasty treat."

From Animal Sound Mix-up:  "What if in a pond on a log a quack was heard from a small frog? Or in a forest you could hear a honking sound come from a deer?" (Of course Tom's animal sounds make these mixed-up sounds even more delightful for the children!)

Looking at those sweet, smiling faces reminds me why I do what I do, and I am extremely thankful!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Children Enjoying Summer

Children in the summer 
Love to laugh and play, 
Making the most
Of each bright summer day, 
Enjoying the bliss
Of a warm day in June, 
Happily playing
And singing a tune, 
Laughing with abandon 
In the freedom of July, 
With red, rosy cheeks 
And a sparkle in the eye, 
Whirling and twirling
In a flash of legs and arms, 
Singing and dancing, 
Displaying all their charms, 
Sailing through summer, 
Faces happy and bright, 
Expressing their enjoyment 
With squeals of delight.

Excerpt of A Symphony of Seasons by Connie Arnold

Friday, May 29, 2015

Magical Mea Goes to School

Penelope Cole's new children's book, Magical Mea Goes to School, follows her previous Magical Mea and Magical Matthew books about a sister and brother who have magical powers to fix things that are broken. Mea has learned that she has this ability which her brother Matthew had, and he is trying to help her learn to use it for good and to keep it a secret. Mea has so many other things she wants to do and doesn't want to take time for the lessons Matthew hopes to give her. She would rather play, but her brother, his friend Lily, and their grandmother all know that Mea has a tendency to want to play tricks and has gotten into trouble in the past. They want to help her learn to do the right thing.

Once again Kevin Collier has provided the vibrant and exciting illustrations which really enhance the story and characters.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hugs and kisses

Friends are important and hugs are grand.
Share a hug and show that you understand.
Give a kiss to someone who is dear,
and the love you feel will be made quite clear.