Join LitWorld’s “World Read Aloud Day” on March 5th


Image courtesy of LitWorld Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate. Two-thirds of them are women. I am really excited to be working with the Mrs. P Be-A-Famous Writer contest again this coming year!  This will be the third year working together and the second year that my company, Polka Dots Publishing, is sponsoring the winners professionally illustrated books that will be presented to them as a hardcover.  I heard about LitWorld's World's Read Aloud Day from the Mrs. P group and I jumped at the chance to help out and help promote a love of reading!  On March 5th,  the LitWorld group asks that people around the world take some extra time to read to their children, neighbhorhood children, and/or at your local school or library to help promote literacy.  See how you can get involved in your community!   About LitWorld: This excerpt is taken from the … [Read more...]

Spotlight on The Orange County Children’s Book Festival


This coming Sunday the 29th is the Orange County Children's Book Festival and I will be attending in the Author's Booth section dressed in my pirate gear.  This festival holds a special place for me because years ago when we attended with my (then) three year old daughter - Penelope the Purple Pirate was just a dream and I was at the very early stages of writing the story and had yet to meet Paul Johnson, our Illustrator.  I still remember walking through the book festival looking at the authors selling their books and thought to myself that one day I will be here too, selling my book.  I didn't know when (or how) this would happen, but I was determined to make it a reality.  Fast forward four years and this is my third festival where I will showcase Penelope and now Gerry the Giraffe.  My daughter has been there with me the past few years which made it even more special as I was able to … [Read more...]

November 15th is I Love To Write Day


November 15th is I Love to Write Day which was started by John Riddle exactly 10 years ago.  He says that while driving from his home in Delaware to the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer's conference with his college-aged daughter, he told her "remember this day, November 15th, as I declare it as"I Love to Write Day."  Of course the journey to make this become a reality and into what it is today with over 30,000 schools participating with events to celebrate I Love to Write Day across the country is more than what Mr. Riddle said he could have expected! He said he began by sending out press releases to media outlets across the United States as well as information to schools, bookstores and libraries.  The response he said was way beyond his wildest dreams as over 11,000 schools across the country signed up to hold I Love to Write Day events and activities!  This past year they had … [Read more...]

Promoting Literacy


As parents, most of us have heard how important it is to encourage a love of reading and writing early in our children’s developmental process.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. (Source: The key to literacy is ones reading development that begins with comprehension of spoken words and the ability to decode written words.  There are several tips that Literacy has provided to encourage parents to become active in establishing a love of reading and writing in their children. Start to read to your children at a very young age.  You don’t need to wait until your child is old enough to be read to.  Literacy Connections recommends this habit … [Read more...]