A blog for kids (and their parents) who love books, words, and dreaming big...
I'm so glad you stopped by! Welcome.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

To read a book...

Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net

"To read a book for the first time 
is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; 
to read it for a second time 
is to meet an old one."  

~ Chinese Saying

I really like this image of books being our friends ~ it certainly seems that way whenever I read one!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Only My Opinion

Photo courtesy of
Only My Opinion

Is a caterpillar ticklish?
  Well, it's always my belief
That he giggles as he wiggles
  Across a hairy leaf.

~ Monica Shannon

I've seen dozens of caterpillars lately, most of them crawling along the bike trail at our local forest preserve.  Every time I spot one, I think of this poem and smile. :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vamoose and Skedaddle

Today I'm giving you two words for the price of one. :) The words are synonymous and both are fun to say. I was thinking about them while riding my bike yesterday, using them in a rough draft of a picture book manuscript I was writing in my head! The first word is vamoose [va-moos]. The second is skedaddle [ski-dad-l]. Both words are verbs that mean "to leave hurriedly or quickly; flee".

Here are a few sample sentences:

The two boys looked at each other, their eyes wide.  
"We're gonna be in so much trouble if Mom sees this 
mess," said Tommy.  "Time to vamoose!"

The man peered over the top of his glasses, 
his whole face frowning.  "You kids get off my lawn 
right now!" he shouted.  "Skedaddle!  I mean it!"

"If we don't skedaddle, we're going to be late to the party!"

How would you use the words vamoose and skedaddle?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Be still and listen...

Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net

"The discipline of the writer 
is to learn to
 be still and listen
 to what his subject has to tell him."

 ~ Rachel Carson 

I'm still learning how to do this -- how to be still and listen to the characters in my head so that they can tell me their stories. When I do, though, it is so much easier to write! Have you ever had this experience?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net


Now the summer is grown old
the light long summer
                                     is grown old.
Leaves change
and the garden is gold
with marigolds and zinnias
tangled and bold
blazing blazing
orange and gold.
                               The light long summer
                                is grown old.

~ Charlotte Zolotow

I don't know about you, but I can't believe that fall is already here.  This year has been flying past!  I'm a couple of days late, but -- goodbye, summer and hello, autumn!

Someone asked the other day what my favorite season is.  I don't really have a favorite.  I like them all! While I will miss some things about summer (sunshine, warm weather, chilling out in the pool, lazy days with nowhere to go), I am looking forward to all the joys that autumn brings.  I love the colors of fall, the crisp days, picking apples, decorating for Halloween, and so much more.  Wishing all of my readers out there an amazing autumn! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

A "Blue... is Two!" Grand Prize Winner

Image courtesy of Clkr.com

Surprise, surprise!  Yes, I AM still alive, and yes, I did FINALLY draw a grand prize winner for June's "Blue... is Two!" Birthday Contest.

I sincerely apologize for neglecting this blog for the past 2-1/2 months and for not drawing for a winner back in July as promised.  It was never my intention to be gone from here for so long.  I'm back now, though, and I pulled the grand prize winner's name out of my blue bowl earlier this afternoon.  Congratulations to my friend


who has won a $10 e-gift card from Barnes & Noble as well as the book BookSpeak! by Laura Purdie Salas.  Tara is a fellow poetry-lover, so I know that she will appreciate that book!

To see the video of the drawing, please click on the following link:


(P.S. I am hoping to get back to my regular posting here at Blue Sky, Big Dreams this week. :) )